Pierre Franey’s Chefs’ Picnic on Gardiners Island

Pierre Franey’s Chefs’ Picnic on Gardiners Island

Pierre Franey, executive chef of Le Pavilion New York’s only four-star restaurant, and Craig Claiborne, food critic of the New York Times, planned an August picnic on Gardiners Island.* It was staged in August 1965 and ironically reported in a Life magazine...
C.F.  Leyel’s Picnics for Motorists  (1936)

C.F. Leyel’s Picnics for Motorists (1936)

Leyel’s Picnic for Motorists is designed for an emerging market linking the joy of picnics with the pleasure of motoring. “There are many people with cars who make a regular habit of spending Saturday or Sunday in the country,” Leyel trills, “with a hamper of food,...
Alice Waters’s Picnic Recommendations

Alice Waters’s Picnic Recommendations

When Food & Wine magazine asked Alice Waters, “What would you eat for a summer picnic?” she suggested a take-out picnic because she did not want to cook, especially on a day off. Her picnic prepared by her favorite Japanese restaurant would be grilled...
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Partie de Campagne (1897)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Partie de Campagne (1897)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Partie de Campagne, an 1897 lithograph, depicts a couple going off to spend a day in the country. Lautrec makes a visual pun by having a dog run behind the conveyance known as a dogcart. According to French usage of the day, Lautrec prefers...
Robert Seymour’s The Pic-Nic II (1836c.)

Robert Seymour’s The Pic-Nic II (1836c.)

Seymour’s picnics sketches show a keen awareness of their potential for humor and satire.  Especially if they’ve gone wrong. Unpacking for a Pic-Nic, for example, pokes fun at what breaks in a basket, as the legend makes amply clear, “Oh! Dear...
Amanda Hesser’s Cooking for Mr. Latte (2004)

Amanda Hesser’s Cooking for Mr. Latte (2004)

Hesser’s “Fine Dining in the Sky,” from Cooking for Mr. Latte, A Food is a fussy gourmet’s admission that she packs a bulky in-flight bag as if it was a flying coach a picnic cooler. She wants us to believe that she for a flight to Spain, she...
Agnes Jekyll’s Kitchen Essays (1922)

Agnes Jekyll’s Kitchen Essays (1922)

“Luncheon for a Motor Excursion in Winter” and “Food for Travellers are obvious variations of picnic menus, but Jekyll does not use the word picnic.” Both were food columns for the Times of London and later reprinted in her collection Kitchen Essays. As an “expert,”...