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A Picnic for Every Occasion

Where to picnic in town + what to pack



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With the kids:

Where: Bruce Park and Binney Park are both lovely settings complete with picnic tables, playgrounds and tennis courts — making either of them the perfect spot for a family picnic.

What to pack: Classic picnic fare that you can prepare in advance — sandwiches, pasta salad, potato salad, watermelon, cookies and brownies. Head to the farmer’s market in the morning to stock up on the best local produce and get inspiration for summer salad ideas.  Be sure to bring plenty of drinks — bottled water, iced tea and fresh lemonade for the kids. Don’t forget disposable plates, cups and utensils. Bring along a kite, Frisbee or other outdoor games to keep the fun going (and your kids' attention spans sticking!) long after the food is gone.

On the boat:

Where: Long Island Sound

What to pack: Celebrate summer with a relaxed, yet refined picnic on the boat. Gourmet sandwiches, crudités, salami, cheese and fresh fruit are all uncomplicated to set out and eat, keeping in mind the ocean breeze.  If you are in a rush, head over to Aux Delices to stock up on their delectable selection of pre-made salads and sandwiches that are ready to be served. As for libations — it is officially rosé season! Pack several bottles of good, dry rosé from Provence. Domaines Ott and Miraval will not disappoint.  Also, bring plenty of water to keep you hydrated at sea. If you are planning on being on the boat for long, skip the traditional picnic basket and pack everything in a cooler to keep it chilled.

Romantic:

Where: Greenwich Point — because what is more romantic than a sunset picnic on the beach? Note that in the summer months Greenwich residents need their parking pass and non-residents may purchase a daily beach pass ($6 for adults, free for children) and parking pass ($25) at the Town Hall or Civic Center.

What to pack:  An elegant picnic requires a little extra effort. Create a playlist on your phone in advance to set the mood and be sure to pack portable speakers. Nothing says romance like a nice bottle of champagne and you can never go wrong with Veuve Clicquot. Maintain the elevated mood by using glass or crystal flutes over plastic stemware. Keep the rest simple with foods that are easy to share: a selection of cheeses, prosciutto, French baguette and fresh fruits such as strawberries, grapes and pre-sliced melon. Stop by St. Moritz on the avenue beforehand and get the mini chocolate mousse cakes for dessert.

 

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