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Outdoor Dining Menu

velochic Aug 9, 2012 04:56 AM

There will be 5 of us, including my 10 year old and 4 adults attending an outdoor symphony concert. I am providing all of the food due to tight scheduling for the other couple, and I'm more than happy to put the whole thing together. No major food aversions - we're all fairly adventurous eaters, including the youngster. Everything will need to be room temp or chilled. Any thoughts on a nice spread for such a situation? It needs to be hearty enough to be considered dinner.

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    velochic Aug 11, 2012 03:14 PM

    I'm a little late coming back here, but wanted to say thank you for everyone's suggestions. They were great!

    We ended up with an assortment of charcuterie, fruit and cheeses paired with these, olives/marinated veg, and breads/crackers. I had some various sauces (great tip) and even some nice garnishment from my herb garden and fridge to make things pretty and tasty. We had store-bought individual desserts (again, an assortment for people to pick from) and a nice pinot grigio and pinot noir to go with everything. S. Pellegrino for the kiddo (and me, as I can't drink much due to medication right now). It was really nice, perfect weather, and we were all very happy with the offerings. Thanks again!

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      1. re: mrbigshotno.1
        thimes Aug 9, 2012 12:11 PM

        the kids looks a little evil

      2. LaLa Aug 9, 2012 10:38 AM

        fried chicken served cold
        roasted shrimp served cold
        pickled veggies
        tomato tarts
        fancy lemonade...like blackberry
        pimento cheese with carrots, celery, and crackers
        cheese straws
        deviled eggs

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          Jeanne Aug 9, 2012 06:38 PM

          +1 -this screams picnic. Maybe add a cold pasta veggie salad - with good rotelle pasta and a variety of vegies, olives, and cubed cheese.

          Or a wild rice, broccoli and mushroom salad. I have a recipe that calls for dried cranberries and almonds and is very good.

        2. JungMann Aug 9, 2012 07:54 AM

          I really like hand-raised pies for picnics. They are rustic, filling and versatile since you can fill it with pork, sausages, chicken and leeks or even steak. On the side I'd include some brightly dressed salads: green beans with bacon vinaigrette; peach salad with blue cheese, candied pecans and arugula; roasted corn salad with tequila lime butter.

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            wyogal Aug 9, 2012 07:51 AM

            A fab sandwich, salads in small canning jars, decadent brownies for dessert. You could do anything for a sandwich (muffaletta, Italian, curried chicken salad, roast beef and sharp cheddar, etc), as for salads, try a grain type of salad, check out the quinoa thread.

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              escondido123 Aug 9, 2012 07:50 AM

              Zucchini Fritatta
              Roasted Peppers
              Rolled Italian Cold Cuts
              Fresh Figs
              Fresh Mango

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              1. re: escondido123
                cgarner Aug 9, 2012 08:17 AM

                escondido123, when's the picnic? I'm with you on this menu!

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                thimes Aug 9, 2012 07:46 AM

                The options are really all over the place here. Do you have a direction at all? Asian? Italian? American? Sandwiches? Tapas? Something?

                Just as a side suggestion - I've done many of these types of things and you really do have lots of options. One thing to consider as well is the use of a thermos. It allows you to bring hot food as well. 2 ways I've used them.

                1) Brats/Dogs - you can fill a beverage cooler with boiling beer/water/onions and put in brats/dogs/etc and they will stay HOT for a very long time. I've done this for picnics/foot ball tailgates /etc. They've been hot even after the football game for round 2.

                2) Sauces - I've used a thermos (different type that option 1) for sauces. I've done chicken parmesan sandwiches - wrap each one in foil and keep in a low oven until we leave. But then I also have hot tomato sauce in the thermos to add/dip the sandwiches in once we are at the picnic.

                I just bring them up as solutions if you find something you really want to have but doesn't fit into the traditional room temp/cold category.

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