Fresh Air Affair

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From Zilker Park to Mt. Bonnell, Austin is a picnicker’s paradise. Fortunately, assembling an exquisite epicurean excursion doesn’t have to put you through hell. Whether your family comprises a passel of progeny and your partner in passion or just a flock of friends, putting together a simple plan of attack can help you focus on snackin’ and slackin’ instead of the burden of coordinating a culinary carnival for your kin.

LET’S EAT

Complicated food can keep your peeps from enjoying an outing. Make it easy on yourself and focus on fresh finger foods and simple staples. A crusty baguette, in-season fruit, some crumbly gruyère or Manchego cheese and a soft, creamy goat cheese paired with a cold, crisp Vinho Verde or a vibrant Spanish Rioja can create a solid foundation for your outing.

GET IT TOGETHER

Don’t just dump your supplies into the nearest canvas bag; modern picnic baskets have spaces perfect for everything from cutlery to a cutting board. With a place for everything, the right basket can help you arrive with your food and drink intact.

SERIOUSLY, JUST CHILL

There’s nothing classy about ice cubes and wine. Pop out the cork, replace with a frozen Corkcicle and your wine will be chilled upon arrival.

DON’T BE SO ANTSY

Hungry insects bugging you? Don’t mess with plastic wrap. Charles Viancin’s silicone bowl covers make it easy to keep out the varmints without packing up the whole party.

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Sam Armstrong was first bitten by the culinary bug in 1979 (at the age of six) when his dad took him to The Stallion on Lamar Blvd. for his first chicken fried steak. After sacking a grocery or two in high school, his culinary career has included steering the marketing efforts at Le Cordon Bleu Austin and helping build Central Market's visual identity.

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