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Natasha Rinehart of Picnic Culture nods to her company’s expertise in elevating the outdoor dining experience by offering chic decor, design and food inspired by multiple cultures. A number of Picnic Culture employees travel extensively and enjoy bringing different cultural influences ‘home’.
Who is the audience?
Rinehart says luxury picnics are perfect for a range of occasions. Among the most popular are romantic evenings to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and, best of all, she said, proposals. Ideally, picnic sizes should range from 2 to 50 people.
Chic picnics are suitable for both couples and groups. Boutique picnics are ideal for couples and small groups of family and friends. Pop-up picnics, on the other hand, are great for networking events, small business launch parties, or collaborating with other local small businesses to promote growth and meet new like-minded people.
Location, location, location
Rinehart loves Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island for luxury picnics, but says guests often choose to hold them in a park or garden, or on a boat
Rinehart says her company’s packages include an assortment of pastures with assorted deli meats, gourmet cheeses, seasonal fruits, jams, nuts, honey and more. Each picnic also includes Acqua Panna, or fruit-infused or sparkling water.
Personalized menus allow customers to choose from a variety of cuisines, but Rinehart says their most popular takeaway is the locally created luxury sushi boats, and sometimes family portions of pizzas and pasta dishes.
Rinehart says people shouldn’t limit their food choices when planning a fancy picnic. Medium-sized appetizers or sharing platters are perfect for outdoor dining.
“But at the end of the day, any selection of food can be enjoyed outdoors,” she said, adding that she and her colleagues also have their own favorites. “Our favorite dishes have to be cultural Asian dishes from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, etc., because we come from a family of Asian descent. We like to incorporate these culinary customs for others to experience and enjoy. also.
What is your theme?
Rinehart says their most popular theme is a bohemian picnic in Tulum, and incorporates Tulum, Mexico’s bohemian/Moroccan vibe. This includes a tropical and spicy pasture platter, with an optional margarita kit and a squeezed juice station.
“We even curate our playlists so our customers can hear the genres of each cultural package we offer,” she said.
Another popular theme is the London tea party, which is suitable for all ages.
“Who wouldn’t love to get dolled up in their favorite outfit and laugh over tea and pastries?” she asked.
Finally, a Bali Boutique experience involves indulging in a Balinese-inspired tropical board designed to float with you in your pool, perfect for the hottest days of summer.
There’s a lot to track, Rinehart said, as each luxury picnic is personalized for the customer. Once the details are agreed upon, event planners execute the color palette, floral design, food and drink requirements, music, and other details. Hiring a planner has a multitude of advantages.
“All you have to do is show up and relax,” Rinehart said.
On the menu
One of the many Picnic Culture menu examples is shown below.
• Breads + crackers
• Charcuterie selections
• Gourmet cheese options
• Dips + spreads
• Nuts + vegetables
The non-alcoholic menu includes drinks which can all be easily converted into cocktails with the addition of alcohol, wine or liqueur.
Pretty as a peach
(Sangria Peach Mocktail)
• Fresh sliced white peaches
• Freshly squeezed orange juice
• White grape juice
• Peach nectar
• Ginger ale
• Raspberry garnish
(To make a cocktail, add Peach Schnapps + white wine.)
PICNIC ARRANGEMENTS: WHERE TO GET THE GOODS
As long as there are friends to share it with, there will be, in the words of W. Somerset Maugham, “few things as enjoyable as a picnic…” When planning your own picnic luxury, these suppliers can provide you with almost anything you want. I will need it. Call for opening hours.
• Certified Pantry + Provisions, 24 Midway Square, St. Simons Island, 912-771-8659. Picnic provisions include sandwiches, soups, sodas and seltzers, meats and cheeses, fries, crackers, seasonings, and other items.
• Golden Isles Olive Oil Culinary Center, 306 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, 912-602-9736. A full range of gourmet products, cheeses, charcuterie, antipasti and a host of other items. The restaurant and wine bar menu also includes small bites, salads and sandwiches perfect to take wherever the day takes you.
• Gourmet Pantry, 2465 Demere Road, No. 108, St. Simons Island. 912-638-9545. Among all the high-end cookware, cookware and dining accessories, there is a range of pantry essentials, such as jams, spreads, crackers and other snacks, all of perfect accompaniments for a relaxing day outdoors.
• The Sea Island Market, 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island.912-634-3994. The market, which is open to the public, offers made-to-order sandwiches, soup, specialty foods, meats, breads, dips, cheeses and a range of treats to make every occasion special.
• Parker’s Village, 501 Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island, 912-638-8868. This gem of a convenience store in the heart of the St. Simons Pier Village offers a wonderful selection of cheeses, dips, crackers, meats and other items perfect for any casual outdoor event.
• Three Little Birds, Fly-In Fly-Out, 509 Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island, 912-771-8787. Choose from a full range of take-out items, fresh salads and sandwiches, and local pantry items
• Southern Soul Barbeque Smoke Shop, adjacent to Southern Soul at 2020 Demere Road, St. Simons Island, 912-638-7685. Stock up on your favorite snacks for your road trip, including boiled peanuts, stuckey treats and other tasty treats.