Bay Area MeFites! I am throwing a picnic in Golden Gate Park (and I am an out-of-towner) and am overwhelmed with food options. Can you recommend some good catering companies, take-out restaurants, food trucks, etc? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty
on Apr 10, 2014 -
LA Filter: Picnic Tables near Nature? 14 Corridor maybe.
I'd like to spend a chunk of Saturday or Sunday at a picnic table near nature. Somewhere within about an hour or so of West LA would be ideal. I'm thinking somewhere along the 14 corridor near Santa Clarita or Aqua Dulce. Also, somewhere with a largish natural area where I could do a short hike would be nice.
I was kind of thinking maybe Placerita Canyon, but I don't know if there are any picnic tables there. Vasquez Rocks is fun but I don't recall any shady picnick table area.
Bonus points for (a) very few or no kids running around screaming, (b) sunny with shade, (c) wildflowers currently blooming.
I definitely need a picnic table becuase of what I want to do while I'm hanging out with Nature.
posted by bluesky78987
on Mar 21, 2014 -
We're expecting 25-30 people and we need a main dish for an outside lunch-time gathering where it'll be 95+ degrees. There's isn't a grill or electricity where we're meeting so we need things we can bring pre-made. We'd like to keep costs down and prep to a minimum (though I'd probably trade prep for costs). [more inside]
posted by jeffch
on Jun 20, 2013 -
Where would be a good location in Eastern Massachusetts to see and photograph both the sunset and (full) moonrise on Sunday, June 23rd? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on May 21, 2013 -
My husband and I are hoping to catch several weeknight Nationals games this season. While Ben's Chili Bowl half-smokes are awesome I don't think I can permit myself to eat them with frequency. What are your favorite picnic/ballpark dinners and snacks that we could make a day ahead of time and eat cold? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic
on Apr 11, 2013 -
What equipment and bag should I pack to go on weekend picnics with a large family BUT no car to store things in? We want to stop by a park on the way home from church, but we take public transport, so we need some way to haul along picnic supplies and food for a family of 7. We live in hot humid Singapore. Bag ideas, packing tips and what works well for regular picnics - pop-up tent? card games? - much appreciated. We want to put together a picnic-kit we can prep on Saturday nights.
posted by viggorlijah
on Nov 30, 2012 -
I would like some sort of cooler to store a pint of microgreens from Union Square Market this Saturday, for ≈2 hours. [more inside]
posted by polymodus
on Aug 29, 2012 -
A relative is about to head off to Bogota for work. What uniquely Columbian food can I make for the going-away picnic?
posted by stefnet
on Aug 15, 2012 -
What's the best place for a picnic on the Stanford campus?
posted by jtothes
on Aug 11, 2012 -
I'm going to a potluck-style picnic in a couple weeks and I'm taken with the idea of doing a Bahn Mi bar – what's your favorite recipes for making your own Bahn Mi sandwiches that would translate well to the outdoors? I've never made my own Bahn Mi before and I want to do a meat and a vegetarian filling so ideas for both very welcome!
posted by amanda
on Jul 7, 2012 -
Please help me plan the perfect anniversary picnic! Looking for lovely secluded locations in central jersey/bucks county/nj shore area to have a romantic afternoon. [more inside]
posted by khyaiin
on Apr 18, 2012 -
Where can I have a weekend afternoon picnic on the beach with 8-12 people within the immediate SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone
on Feb 4, 2012 -
Any SF Bay Area'ers know a good place to hang out by a little creek or by the ocean in the shade all day and just relax, have a picnic, nap or read? Maybe play some music at a low volume? [more inside]
posted by missy_b
on Sep 23, 2011 -
Drinking outdoors in New Orleans: I'm planning a picnic with a large group of people in a New Orleans city park. I know outdoor drinking is permitted in New Orleans as long as the alcohol is consumed in a plastic cup and not the original container. My question is, can I bring a cooler of beer and wine to a city park, and serve the drinks in plastic cups? In other words, am I legally permitted to have open glass or metal containers outdoors as long as they're in a cooler?
posted by Ziggurat
on Sep 22, 2011 -
What are some tasty, pack-able, maybe a little bit special meal-ish type things I could take along for an after-hike picnic in the woods? This is obviously for a date. [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu
on Aug 5, 2011 -
Is it possible to purchase (i.e. rent) a prepared picnic lunch, basket and all, anywhere in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch
on Aug 3, 2011 -
I've been in Paris for about a month at this point, and my girlfriend is coming to visit in a few days. Since we're both poor-ish graduate students (I'm here for a conference) we plan on having lots of picnics to avoid eating at cafes. I've already found a lot of places I enjoy (Ile Saint Louis, Place des Vosges, Jardin de Luxembourg, Canal Saint Martin), but wanted to ask other Mefites what their favorite places for picnics in Paris are.
I'd appreciate any recommendations you can give!
posted by MidsizeBlowfish
on Jun 18, 2011 -
Backyard BBQ Planning 101. My fiance and I are set on having a backyard BBQ for our reception. We want it to have that good old fashioned family BBQ feel (everyone serves themselves, cooks when they want, horseshoes, croquet, and no stuffy formality). Plus we met at a BBQ so it makes sense. I need to know everything we need to think of before pulling the trigger and sending out our invites. Deets and budget inside... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas
on Dec 6, 2010 -
I'm looking for a place to hold a company picnic roughly midway between Baltimore city and Prince George's County. We're looking for a park or other outdoor space that could accommodate around 100 people and permits the serving of alcohol. Grills would be a bonus (although realistically we'll probably end up renting them), and we definitely need space for a moon bounce! Our tentative date is August 7th. Ideas? Thanks!
posted by LizardOfDoom
on Jun 23, 2010 -
Not necessarily my grandmother's potato salad... What are your tips, tricks and recipes for awesome potato salad? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf
on Sep 15, 2009 -
If we are driving with kids (9 and 5) from upstate NY (Rochester) to DC, where can we stop in PA off of route 15 for a picnic, run-around and see-something-cool-or-weird break? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y
on Jun 23, 2009 -
I'd like to host a recurring BBQ/picnic at a local park for around 10 people. I've never done this before. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by abdulf
on Apr 14, 2009 -
I'm taking my girlfriend on a surprise picnic this weekend (Shh! Don't tell!), but am having trouble finding a nice spot for it. I live in Boston and have a car, so anywhere within, say, an hour or so drive is preferable. Suggestions?
posted by SamuelF
on Jul 22, 2008 -
What should I bring to a picnic, in terms of food, for my girlfriend and I?
posted by meta.mark
on Dec 1, 2007 -
What is the best method for cleaning broken eggs off of grass during an event? This must be done in a timely manner over a fairly large area, with the help of 4 people. [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman
on Jun 28, 2007 -
Food for Faulkner: My boyfriend just suggested we go on a road trip this Sunday to Rowan Oak
, Faulkner's old digs, to celebrate his finishing The Sound and the Fury
recently. I would like to pack a picnic lunch, or some kind of car-friendly food, and it just occurred to me it'd make me a super duper brilliant girlfriend if I could think of something Faulkner related. Best would be food mentioned in his books, but even something related to Faulkner's life would be cool. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly
on Oct 19, 2006 -
Would there happen to be any parks in New York (driving distance from NYC) that has a picnic /bbq area, fishing and/or crabbing, tennis courts, and hmm, a beach? TIA!
posted by Jujee
on Jul 12, 2006 -
So some Sunday in mid June I'm going to be driving from Los Angeles to Fresno. I will meeting a vegetarian with a sensitivity to wheat and soy products for lunch. I'm thinking about finding someone in Los Angeles to prepare an Indian tiffin for me. I'll need to pick up the tiffin on Saturday afternoon in order to make it to Fresno in time for lunch. Since this mid-June I'll also pick up a basket of organic cherries. I'm looking for someone who does delicious Indian take out food that can be stored overnight. I'm open to suggestions for non-indian treats.
posted by rdr
on May 31, 2006 -
Woo! It's BBQ time at work, and we're planning a big party. It's come down to me to pick out the various activities, and I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on May 24, 2005 -
So let's say I'm looking for a wine to drink on a warm summer day, perhaps on a picnic. I know there's plenty of whites that fit the bill, but I'm in the mood for a red. I want something fairly light, dry, fruit-forward, and not too tannic. Beaujolais and Bardolino come to mind (in fact, I had a nice Bardolino last weekend which fit the bill, which is what prompts the question)--what else do you recommend, either types of wine or specific wines? I'm hard-pressed to come up with a comparable New World wine--anything from the US or Australia?
posted by DevilsAdvocate
on Jul 7, 2004 -