Way back in the day, say during the 18th century, picnics were indoor aristocratic affairs. Royalty would spend hours leisurely consuming plate after plate of food-think rabbit terrines and wild boar—while dancing and listening to music.
Following Henry David Thoreau’s 1854 publication of Walden, Americans, being their ever rebellious selves, moved what was once a noble indoor lively feast festooned with ladies and gentlemen dressed in layers of silk and velvet, into an “outdoor flight from civilization.” In America, the picnic always has been and forever will be a romantic getaway from the world entrenched in rustic outdoor idealism and easy to assemble and easy to eat food. Sometimes, however, it is just too cold to spread a blanket on the ground. So, why not do as they did in the early days of the picnic and bring the moveable feast indoors? When parts of the United States begin sharing tomatoes on the vine and fresh bunches of rainbow carrots with their brilliant green tops still intact with their Northern neighbors, it is the perfect time to invite friends over for a simple spread designed for sharing. Some homemade (store bought if you must) white bean dip and BASIL PESTO, a selection of Italian salumi, and some prepared olives compliment freshly roasted carrots, tomatoes, and heads of garlic. Inside, it is so easy to take the weather with you—do remember fresh bread and a bottle of wine!