The location is kept a secret until a few hours before the event, but we got a couple of hints that it would be in Golden Gate Park. Our first thought was, "brrrr!" since it was a foggy day, but it turned out to be lovely and warm and in the gorgeous Music Concourse between the DeYoung and the Academy of Sciences.
Being the competitive picnickers that we are, we started planning a month in advance. Here was our final menu, printed up by the lovely and talented Lesly!
Lesly also made me my very own feathered mini top hat - I love it!
We met at Maren's Hidden Cottage to box up salads with grilled peaches, blueberries, arugula, goat cheese and pecans, courtesy of Darcie and Amena...
Did I mention, grilled peaches?
Into the big boxes went Maren's yummy and hearty double decker summer vegetable frittata stacked with cream cheese and smoked salmon...
Some pieces of cute waxed paper from Daiso kept them from getting too shaken up en route.
|This photo and the next two courtesy of Susan Mallon|
Maren's delicious selection of cheeses was artfully arranged by Ana-Marie.
My salted caramel pots de creme, which suffered from a bad bout of cooking juju I was having the night before. Some curdled and most didn't set up, but they still tasted good :-),
Steve's brown butter and honey madeleines, which were even better this morning with coffee,
and the highlight of the menu for me, Jason's white chocolate caramel popcorn with herbs de provence...out of this world.
Somehow we squeezed all of this between the beverage committee's wine selections (Thanks, Nil and Joe!) and the beautiful floral arrangements (accented with beautiful little birdies and feathers) created by Julie, Susan, Rosie and the rest of the decor team. Little battery-powered tea lights, strings of lights, and flashing "ice cubes" brought the table to life again after the sun set.
|Photo courtesy Nil Isik - I mean, how gorgeous is that?|
Other groups had some great ideas as well, like the Viking Ship team, the feather bouquets, and the group that made things easy on themselves and just picked up some KFC.