Kai cured his salmon with sugar, salt and vodka and served it with toast points, horseradish sauce, capers and red onion. Holli's homemade ricotta was accompanied by sliced baguette, succulent peaches, gorgeous figs, and honey. She paired her hummus with lavash bread, lightly toasted tableside with her culinary torch. Mom's focaccia featured local strawberries, caramelized onions with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup, basil, and fleur de sel, accompanied by goat cheese (I will be dedicating a separate blog post to this fabulous focaccia).
I've always wanted to try Ina Garten's Cheddar & Chutney on Brioche from The Barefoot Contessa cookbook. She uses Major Grey's Chutney, but I opted for homemade Major Grey's Chutney from Saveur magazine. The lengthy list of ingredients includes mango, onion, sugar, ginger, raisins, apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon juice and spices, all simmered for a few hours until reduced and thickened.
In addition to the above, we had various cheeses, olives, fruit, pâté, salad, crackers and bread, Champagne and wine. It was a gorgeous and sunny evening, the park was jam-packed, and the music by BETAMAXX, a high energy 80's tribute band, had everyone on their feet.
|Ultimate picnic fare|
|Kai's Cured Salmon|
|Drizzle of honey|
|Veuve Clicquot - no glass required|
|Mom's Strawberry Focaccia with Maple Balsamic Onions|
|Ashley & Max|
|Toasting the lavash|
|Les Trois Petits Cochon Mousse Truffee|
|Aged Irish Cheddar, Chutney & Broiche|
|Bread & Honey|
|Nina's lovely fruit and cheese platter|
|More bread and honey with extra bread under the chin!|
|Pammy's Sini Fulvi Sottocenere w/ Truffles|
|Salad, bread and another beautiful platter|
|Sparks & Jackie|
|Betamaxx lead vocalist Breanne Arrigo|