Planning the perfect picnic

It's the perfect time of year to get outdoors and enjoy a picnic. It may seem intimidating, but you can do it with ease. Here are some essential items you may want to remember.

INTIMATE PICNIC (4 - 6 people)


  • Bamboo Plates, utensils
  • Cloth Napkins
  • Reusable cups
  • Basket or cloth Satchel for carrying goods
  • Blanket for sitting
  • Tablecloth

Featured Sample Menu (Mediterranean):

  • Charcuterie
  • Roast Chicken - either make pick up at one the mentioned markets
  • Antipasto - of seasonal produce
  • Hummus, Baba ghanouj, Romescu
  • Tabouleh, Pita
  • Beet Salad
  • Northern California Cheese Selection
  • Dried Fruits and Nuts
  • Baguette
  • Fruit Tart, Brownies, Cookies

POT LUCK PICNIC (10 - 20 people)

Accoutrements - same as above

Organize the menu with other attendees so as not to repeat items. Have guests prepare items in the following categories:

  • Meat
  • Salads
  • Sides
  • Breads/savory tarts
  • Dessert
  • Beverages: Wine, Beer, Water, Sodas, Juices, Lemonade, Iced Tea

Additional equipment: charcoal, serving utensils & platters, ice, etc.

If you are planning the picnic at a city park, remember to check with them regarding a liquor license.


Where to Shop

First think "local" whenever possible. Here are a few markets that cater to farmers and carry local products:

- Your local neighborhood Farmers Market
- Bi Rite, Castro
- D' Lessio's , SF ( two locations)
- Canyon Market (Glen Park)
- Molly Stone - different locations
- Market Hall, Oakland
- Woodlands Market, Marin
- Safeway (has a section on organics)

Where to Picnic

Again, think about your community and the myriad of parks and open spaces that are conducive to picnicking.

- Neighborhood parks
- GG Park
- Dolores Park
- Lake Merced
- Fort Funston
- Baker Beach
- Ocean Beach
- Mt. Tam
- Angle Island
- Tildon Park
(Partial List)

What to do: Games

- Volleyball
- Croquet
- Horseshoes
- Softball
- Kick ball
- Football

Other things to consider

- Weather
- Music - bring instruments
- Pillows, chairs
- Tablecloth clips
- Garbage bags
- Umbrellas
- First aid kit
- 'Bee away'
- Charcoal

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