Have a perfect summer party, and it’s a bit overwhelming when it comes to choosing menus, decorations and careful guest lists. But don’t worry! We chatted with Justin Kent, a Parisian chef and Greyhound partner, and received important tips on hosting Canadian picnics.
Justin’s restaurant company, Picnics, is based in Paris, offering a sophisticated picnic experience at one of the city’s most famous landmarks. If you want to bring back the glamour of Paris, read Justin Chef’s picnic party highlights.
Comfort is key
No one wants to sit on the wet, uncomfortable grass all night, so make sure your guests have enough blankets and cushions. (Justin cook recommends at least one picnic blanket for every two to four people.) If you plan to install it in a sunny place, you can also bring an umbrella to prevent the sun from shining
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To really improve your picnic, use real cutlery, dishes, and glassware. This may mean some extra cleanup, but your guests will appreciate the effort.
Prepare drinks in advance
If you’re planning to serve cocktails, Justin suggests pre-batch drinks to keep the drinks flowing overnight. This will save you the trouble of mixing wine, so you can also enjoy the celebration freely.
Look for high quality ingredients
Fighting the recent farmers’ markets is the easiest way to find new fresh ingredients. Look for seasonal fruits and vegetables, choose locally grown produce as much as possible, and make regular meals a restaurant’s due.
Keep the menu simple
If you can’t think of a recipe, chef Justin timberlake’s picnic will be a classic French dish: mustard cream sauce, summer salad and champagne vinegar. Add a bottle of white wine and you’ll soon be a real Parisian.