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Oct 8, 2006 01:26 AM

We came, ate, drank, sat in the sun, and had the Blue Angels to 'entertain' us: the 2006 Chowing with the Hounds Picnic!

The weather cooperated big time today for the Sixth Chowing with the Hounds Picnic in Golden Gate park, and we had a wonderful time! Even the Blue Angels were tolerable to me (I am not a fan), which I attributed to the wonderful assortment of wines (Thanks Melanie!) and the incredible array of desserts to mellow me out just before the Angels started their show...

All of the food was WONDERFUL, and the company was better! Thanks so much to the planning Committee for making this a great event!

I've started a post on Home Cooking below:

for folks to post recipes and recipe requests.

I have to pack for a business trip to Mexico tomorrow (more eating coming up!) so will come back and post more later, but in the meantime, thanks to all of you for such a great time!

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  1. The weather was perfect, great food and wonderful company!

    Thanks to all who attended the picnic for contributing to a fantastic event...and especially thanks to my fellow organizing committee members for making all the work in the past few weeks a real pleasure.


    as requested I will post the mole recipe.

    1. When I think about the event yesterday I can only describe my experience in superlatives: amazing array of food and wine, terrific company, very well organized (I got a kick out of the table countdowns),yet plenty of opportunites for spontaneous fun and a picture perfect day in GG park. Thanks to all for a great time and a fun adventure.

      1. The event was great and with cooperative weather, even better.

        The only thing the disappointed me was that we seemed to have less people, probably owing to all of the conflicts with other events on the 7th. Too bad, since those that made it to the picnic had a great time.

        My thanks to the organizing committee for pulling off a very well orchestrated event!

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        1. re: Peter Yee

          Unfortunately, there were a fair number of paid no shows. (and since our insurance rates are based in part on numbers that RSVP they will be attending, refunds aren't possible)...Since they paid, I suspect it was either illness (there are some nasty bugs going around), or worry about the crowds in the park, rather than necessarily conflicts with the other events. If some of you listened to the rumors that roads would be closed and parking would be impossible, that is a shame. I was there quite early, so of course I got prime parking, but Hubby arrived at or a bit after noon, and parked less than 40 yards away from the site.

          1. re: susancinsf

            I arrived an hour late and had no problems finding parking within hailing distance from the picnic, so I agree, that shouldn't have been the problem.

          2. re: Peter Yee

            There was a lot going on this weekend. Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Billy Bragg, Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield) amoung others at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass fest; Blue Angels/Fleet week; Mill Valley Film Festival.

          3. I totally agree with the posts aboe. It was my first Chowpicnic and I really enjoyed it.

            We came with out kid and his S.O.'s parents visiting from Portland. Friday night we all met at our house and had a grand time making 5 cakes and 3 Linzer tortes for the picnic which we carted to the picnic the next day.

            The weather was gorgeous and, except for all those irritating chowhounds who kept eating the food so that I couldn't have my usual 10 helpings, it was a great picnic. Wine flowed like, well, wine as well - very interesting bottles provided by Melanie Wong.

            The people were swell, funny (haha AND peculiar in the good sense) and easy to talk to. I also found out that SusaninSF used to work with my sister years ago.

            The Portland parents were amazed and impressed. They said "We'll be here next year!"

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            1. re: oakjoan

              I know what you mean about the helpings! Although there was enough of the Blum Cake to have ten helpings! Can you believe that Derek told us that was a HALF SHEET! Amazing!

              by the way, we are working on pictures (I got a good one of Derek's cake), and will let folks know when they are posted.

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