Picnic Perfect


Gathered by the foodies at Denver’s Marczyk Fine Foods, this menu calls to mind the classic wicker basket and feel-good Midwestern fare—but with a modern, elegant twist.


La Quercia’s Prosciutto Artisan-crafted meat from Iowa
Cold, Oven-Fried Picnic Chicken
French Baguette
Zucchini and Green Bean Salad Buy it at Marczyk’s or make it yourself (click here for the recipe)
Macaroni Salad
Caprese Salad Make it with Marczyk’s house-made-daily mozzarella, a tomato (from your garden or the farmers’ market for top flavor) and fresh basil, all drizzled with pungent B.R. Cohn olive oil
Charles & Charles Rosé wine
Whoopie Pies Made from a signature house recipe that pairs dark chocolate cake with a luscious mascarpone-and-vanilla frosting

Classic French

The food and wine experts from Denver’s Highland neighborhood inspired this sophisticated smorgasbord of cheese and wine, which flaunts French flavors at their local best. Add a terrine, some fresh fruit and a sausage, and this simple repast gets heartier.


Challerhocker The rind of this Swiss cheese is washed with wine and spices before it’s aged, creating complex, fruity and spicy flavors
Pittig Gouda Aged for five years, this classic gouda develops a dark orange hue, a nice caramel sweetness and a touch of salty crunch
Shepherd’s Halo A soft, bloomy-rind sheep’s-milk cheese from Colorado’s own Fruition Farms in Larkspur (all items availalbe at St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop)


Berger Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria, 2011 Bright, herbaceous, clean and oh-so versatile with hints of lime, green rhubarb, fresh spinach, nut oils and honey (available at Mondo Vino)


Castelvetrano Olives Young green olives with a clean and fruity flavor
Olli Salumeria’s Toscana Salame All-natural Berkshire pork combined with Sangiovese wine, garlic and fennel pollen
Rougié Terrine du Périgord A soft terrine with pork, duck and foie gras-style liver mousse
Marcona Almonds Imported from Spain and wood-fire roasted without added oils (above items available at St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop)
Artisan Loaf from The Denver Bread Company

Old School, Updated

Anything but boring, the sandwiches, soup and salads from Boulder’s Dish Gourmet anchor this menu. Paired with wines from Cured, it’s an elevated take on the classic bag lunch.


Tomato Basil Bisque In a thermos
Whittier Sandwich Slices of fresh baguette slathered with honey mustard, apple chutney and paté envelop
speck ham, brie, red onions and field greens
Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Salad (Click here for the recipe)
Potato Salad
Fresh Seasonal Fruit Tartlets


Cured House Label Chardonnay To accompany the bisque
Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Cotes-du-Rhone-esque blend to sip along with the sandwich
Infinite Monkey Theorem Sparkling Black Muscat A slightly sweet dessert wine that comes in a can and pairs well with the tartlets

Categories: Entertaining, Recipes