In honor of the fortuitously warm first day of summer, a few lovely friends and I convened at Laurelhurst Park Wednesday evening to celebrate the inaugural meeting of the Portland Picnic Society. It was a joyous and filling event, rendered an indelible memory thanks to a trés Portland composite of beautiful food, half-naked tightrope walkers, inquisitive dogs with little to no concept of personal picnicking space, a delightfully awkward corporate team-building gathering to openly spy on, and a soundtrack of secondhand mariachi music from the raucous graduation party down the way.
Since the Portland Picnic Society members are some of the city’s most devoted foodlovers, it’s no surprise that the spread was rather grand. Whole poached Copper River salmon with garlic aioli, a summery blend of orecchiette with pistachio pesto, spring onions and asparagus, a kale, basil, fava bean and chopped egg salad, a gorgeous cheese plate and expansive Olympic Provisions charcuterie board, baguette sandwiches stuffed with roast chicken, marinated zucchini and Freddy Guys hazelnuts, and a divine brown butter raspberry tart, to name a few. And of course, plenty of strawberry lemonade and rosé on ice.
By Jen Stevenson