Great music sounds even better when you have a nectarine mojito in hand, and are anticipating a bright three-pea salad, perhaps, and a pork tenderloin sandwich with arugula, fresh mozzarella and a garlicky, roasted red pepper spread.
The trick, of course, lies in the preparation. Click here to go to LoHud.com for a few elegant picnic ideas.
The Essential Picnic Checklist
Annie Bell’s essential picnic checklist, culled from her new book, “The Picnic Cookbook”:
1. A corkscrew.
2. Stemless wine glasses or paper cups.
3. Plates for serving, as well as eating. For an elegant picnic, mix the melamine or plastic with some mismatched vintage china.
4. Knives, forks and spoons, for serving as well as eating.
5. A small bread board for slicing baguettes, salami, cheese or fruit.
6. Napkins and dish towels.
7. Sea salt and black pepper so guests can tweak the seasoning.
8. A nice blanket, not a ratty one.
9. Sunscreen, sunglasses, cushions and umbrellas for comfort.
10. Plastic wrap and plastic bags for leftovers.