Part of the fun for many Wooden O theater-goers is spreading out a feast on a picnic blanket to dine on the lawn before the show. We’ve seen everything from elaborate set ups with wine glasses and cloth napkins to buckets of fried chicken and a can of soda. After a mishap last summer, we can definitely tell you that fondue is not picnic food.
With our Wooden O productions of “Julius Caesar” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” starting performances on July 10, it got us thinking, “What’s in your picnic basket?” Do you have a tradition of bringing the same foods to the park each summer? Are you ambitious and try to create show-themed meals? (Julius Caesar Salad, anyone?) Or do you make a quick run through the grocery store on the way to the show, grabbing any item that looks portable and tasty? (Guilty as charged!)
Tell us about your Wooden O picnic traditions (or ambitions) and give us a peek at what’s planned for your picnic basket this summer. Let us know in the comments section.
A Shakespeare Picnic
- Picnic basket or cooler
- Plates, glasses, cups, cutlery, napkins (handi-wipes are helpful)
- Serving spoons, forks and knives.
- Bottle opener
- Wooden cutting board – totally useful even if you’re not cutting items
- Small plastic bag for trash
- Jackets and blankets (it is the Pacific Northwest, after all)
- Your best behavior … remember you are dining with others in close proximity.
BEVERAGES OF YOUR CHOICE
Here are some ideas to get you started on creating your own perfect picnic
- Cheese. Make it your favorites! Brie is always a safe choice, but try some of the great local cheeses being created. It’s the perfect time to splurge a little and be adventurous.
- You gotta have something for that cheese to sit on. Grab a baguette or some crackers.
- Dips. Hummus is a favorite, or try spinach dip or smoked salmon spread. Good with cut up veggies
- Sandwiches or sandwich rolls make things easy. Make them up at home with what you like.
- Salads. Caprese salad is an easy favorite. Potato salad, coleslaw, mixed green salad; just make sure it’s not too complicated to eat, since you want to enjoy the show and your food at the same time.
- Fruit. We’ve got a bounty of it at this time of year. Strawberries, melon, cherries, apricots, blueberries.
- Bring your favorite cookies and enough to share
- Brownies or cupcakes can be fun
- Pre-sliced banana bread or zucchini bread
Have we got you hungry yet? Pick a play and park and load up your basket. We can’t wait to see what you bring.