Summer Time = Picnic Time

Rain aside, it’s finally Summertime here in Southeast Michigan! It is just us or does al fresco dining make everything taste better? Patios, backyards, rooftops, public parks…anyplace that allows for outdoor dining should be utilized to it’s fullest during this time.

We’re lucky, not only do we get to participate in our own picnics, but we get to help others host picnics all season long.

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Indoor-outdoor Retirement party

Tailgating Picinc

Tailgating Picnic

Tea sandwiches at a Croquet party

Tea sandwiches at a Croquet party

Past 4th of July Picnic

Past 4th of July Picnic

In honor of this special time of year, we’re featuring the “All-American Summer Picnic” developed for large scale events (250+ guests), perfect for company picnics or community events.

MothersDayTo see more information on this special package, click here. If you have a smaller event you need help with (hey, some of us don’t even know 250 people!) we also have a wide variety of picnic menus, available here,  perfect for events from 10-200+ people.

If you’re planning an outdoor event, don’t forget to check out our tips for preparing for rain on your event day.

Happy (early) 4th of July!

 

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How to Keep Things “Cool” in the Summer

Now that we’ve figured out how to prepare for the rain, how do we ensure our food stays fresh during the upcoming hot Summer months? Here are a few tips to make sure your guests are able to enjoy the delicious food you’ve selected for your event:

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Custom ice tray for Milk and Cookie dessert shooter created by our Administrative Chef, Paul, who is also a professional ice carver

Food

  • Be aware of your food placement. Take in to account how long your event will be and the movement of the sun. Your pasta salad may be covered in the shade when you put it out, but in an hour it may be directly in the path of the sun.
  • When choosing a cake for your big day, you may want to select fondant rather than buttercream frosting if you’re planning on being outside. Buttercream not only will melt under hot conditions, but it will attract bugs (that will also get stuck if they get too close to the cake).
  • Opt for salads that have an oil or vinaigrette base rather than dairy. Try a vinegar-based Asian Slaw rather than a traditional Creamy Cole Slaw for something that will stay fresh longer in the heat, and it will give your guests something new.

Ice

  • Never underestimate the power of ice on a hot day. When in doubt, always get more than you think you’ll need. You can get creative with your ice offerings, such as incorporating ice carvings (like the one pictured above)

Other

  • If supplying water bottles, have a marker nearby so guests can personalize theirs. This will cut down the amount of half used bottles that will be strewn about and abandoned throughout the event.
  • Offer your food in smaller containers. Rather than one large container of salad for 100 people, prepare four containers for 25 people that you can easily replenish so they’re not sitting out for hours at a time.