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What to Pack For a Picnic at Hog Island

What Would You Serve?

Entertaining is one of my favorite activities of all time, but as with all hobbies, it requires lots of thinking ahead and decision-making, from planning a prep schedule to coordinating the menu. In this series, I'll present a dish and ask you to share what you'd serve alongside it.

Here's the scenario: I've heard from PartySugar about how picturesque it is to picnic at the Hog Island Oyster Company Farm, so this weekend I'll be scoping it out for myself. I'm rounding up eight close friends for an idyllic lunch, where we'll buy live oysters by the bushel and fire up the grill for barbecued bivalves. What would you serve the guests to complement the oysters? See what I'm thinking of bringing when you keep reading.

I'll start with condiments for the oysters, being sure to pack a classic mignonette sauce, to be accompanied by affordable Cava from Spain. I'm also hoping to adapt a recipe for oysters casino to accommodate a grill. In addition to oysters, I'll serve zucchini, ricotta, and basil atop grilled country bread, to be paired with a Provençal rosé. For dessert, we'll devour chewy chocolate-chunk blondies.

I'm still finalizing my menu, so I'd love to hear your suggestions. What would you serve?

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miznic miznic 8 years
... Ha. I'd pay Fuzzles to cater any party I decide to throw...
partysugar partysugar 8 years
When I went, I made a huge thing of pate and had cornichons, mustard, and a French baguette. There was also Mt. Tam cheese and crackers, fresh berries, mixed greens, and hard boiled eggs for appetizers. I think when we go again for my dad's birthday in September, we will bring sausages to grill. Also if the weather is cold, I will make a big pot of clam chowder!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Chilly bowls of gazpacho, grilled corn on the cob with melted shallot butter, plenty of mini baguettes to sop up the juicy goodness, and homemade lemonade to wash it down. For dessert, ice cream "drumsticks" and Popsicles, because there would be no plates to deal with afterward!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Just top them with bacon and put an ice cold beer on the side!
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