The Perfect Portland Picnic

This summer, don’t leave home without a bountiful basket of local bites. Shakespeare in the park just got delicious.

By Allison Jones August 1, 2014 Published in the August 2014 issue of Portland Monthly

Woven Hardwood Picnic Basket: Made from Appalachian white ash, this classic tote fits wine bottles and whole loaves of bread. $55, Find it!

House of Castellon Three-Panel ThrowThis wool blanket is designed to last—your grandkids will be picnicking on this beauty. $275, Find it!

Ancient Heritage Valentine: A bloomy, rich sheep’s cheese so creamy it’ll stand in for butter on your bread. $10, Find it!

Chop Butchery Herbes de Provence Uncured Salami: Forget summer sausage and opt for salami laced with a flavorful blend of lavender, basil, savory, and thyme. $9.95, Find it!

Three Little Figs Tomato Tapas Jam: Savory, Catalan-style preserves made with roma tomatoes and spiked with cumin, lime, and pimentón will spice up your picnic. $12.50, Find it!

Fruit and Veg: Gather peaches from Baird Family Orchards, Diva cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes from Groundwork Organics, and fresh basil from Gathering Together Farm. Portland Farmers Market at PSU, Find it!

Philippe’s Bread Olive Baguette: Studded with savory oil-cured olives, Philippe’s provides the base for everything else in your basket. $4.75, Find it!

Bluebird Bakers Cookies: Round it out with chocolate thumbprints filled with dulce de leche, chewy spiced rounds with chunks of candied ginger, and toffee-scented brown butter oatmeal cookies. $8.99/pack, Find it!

The Wine:

  • You can’t beat the strawberry-hued, food-friendly Quady North Rosé.$14.50, Find it! 
  • The stainless steel bottle from Bend-based company Hydro Flask will keep your rosé chilled for up to 24 hours. $34.99, Find it!
  • Outdoor stemless wine tumblers from Sur La Table are a no-brainer. $28/set of six, Find it!

Snow Peak Chopping Board "Set M": This folding chopping board hides a knife inside—brilliant! $39.95, Find it!

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