Perfect Afternoon Picnic & Govino Wineglass Giveaway

by May 16th, 2011 // Dinner, Lunch, Picnic Food

Perfect Afternoon Picnic & Govino Wineglass Giveaway

We are beyond lucky to live in a town that offers so many kid-friendly cultural events for free.  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA, offers an ongoing concert series on Friday evenings where the whole family can picnic and listen to music in the open air.

My friend, Robin, organized the evening and the group emailed back and forth about dinner ideas. I was so gleeful about the first picnic of the season that I volunteered to make just about everything. (Plus, truth be told, I hate to be the one in charge of drinks. Too heavy!)

I came up with a kid-friendly menu but as per usual, the kids did much more running than eating. As the sun started to set, their sniffers brought them right back to our spread in hopes of finding dessert. On the menu was…

Sesame Cold Noodles with Shredded Cabbage and Zucchini. The perfect make-ahead side dish that tastes even better hours after you make it. Mmmmm.  Peanutty and delicious.

Grilled Steak Sandwiches on Toasted Garlic Bread. We made the steak ahead of time too and stored it in the fridge. Then, we assembled the steak sammiches just before departing. For the vegetarians we made Caprese Arugula Sandwiches on Warm Baguettes.

For the kids we had fruit, our famous Caramelized Carrots (taste great at room temp) and we also baked up a batch of the best chicken tenders on earth. After our friend’s kid took his first bite, he turned to his mom and said “you gotta get these.” The adults dug in for a taste and could not stop eating these Bell & Evans tenders. Note: they must be baked (not microwaved) and need to be cooked for the full amount of time because they start out raw. That’s why they taste so freaking good. Great at room temp and perfect for a crowd of picky eaters.

Oh, and my favorite dish of the day: a veggie chop salad with Cary’s famous oregano shallot dressing. So good I could eat that giant bowl of salad all by myself. Stay tuned for these great recipes and more in the coming days and tell us what we should take on our next picnic for a chance to win your own set of these awesome Govino Shatterproof Stemless Wine Glasses.

To win the Govino Shatterproof Stemless Wine Glasses – 8 Pack comment on any of our Perfect Picnic posts this week (including this one!). Once you’ve left your brilliant comment, you’ll automatically be entered.

If you want more chances to win, show us the love. Come back each day, check out our new recipes and enter another comment. (Only one comment per recipe please.) For even more chances friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @cookingwithkid. Don’t forget to let us know you’ve added or followed. The giveaway will close at 11:59 on 5/21 and the winner will be selected at random from all the comments received. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Fine print: This giveaway is intended for play in the United States. Giveaway must be shipped to a valid address within the 50 United States. Void where prohibited by law.



25 Comments on “Perfect Afternoon Picnic & Govino Wineglass Giveaway”

  1. 1.) Miranda
    May 16th, 2011

    On your next picnic, you should bring what always tastes great…brownies!

  2. 2.) Carol Greenspan
    May 17th, 2011

    Picasso could not have made this more inviting and scrumptions looking and healthy to the body….what more could we ask for. The colors are also a perfect painting of spring. The glasses finish this picnic off with a nice light delicious wine.

  3. 3.) Heidi Myers
    May 17th, 2011

    I would like to bring tomato linguine pasta salad on my next picnic, it is definitely my favorite dish of the summer

  4. 4.) Terri Cole
    May 17th, 2011

    my go-to picnic dish is pasta salad provencal:
    8 oz cooked penne or rotini, 2 roasted red peppers chopped, 1/2 cup sliced black olives, 2 TBLS each chopped chives & basil, your choice of protein: 1 can garbanzos OR 2 cans tuna OR 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese. dress with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, crushed garlic, salt & pepper.

  5. 5.) Stephanie
    May 17th, 2011

    I would love the chance! Is that your recipe for the oregano shallott dressing or is that a bottled one? I must try it!!!

  6. 6.) Liz G.
    May 17th, 2011

    A picnic sounds like devine fun, im sad to say we have never had a family picnic 🙁 I think we might do it this weekend, its rained a lot this week, but saturday is supposed to be bright and beautiful!

  7. 7.) Liz G.
    May 17th, 2011

    Like you on Facebook and am following on Twitter @jlizgar

  8. 8.) Deanne
    May 17th, 2011

    Yummy! Love the kid friendly options! And those glasses look perfect 🙂

  9. 9.) Melissa
    May 17th, 2011

    These sound great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. 10.) Heather
    May 17th, 2011

    Would love to use these glasses on a picnic. I’m really looking forward to your recipes too. Thanks!

  11. 11.) Nelly Rodriguez
    May 17th, 2011

    Love this glasses, what a great picnic idea!

  12. 12.) Nelly Rodriguez
    May 17th, 2011

    I follow you on Twitter! (nella22)

  13. 13.) AlexMarie
    May 18th, 2011

    I love these recipes because they are great make ahead meals!! Thanks!

  14. 14.) Sharon
    May 18th, 2011

    Thanks for the great ideas. My new task is thinking of easy lunch ideas to send with my toddler to daycare. And good at room temperature ideas would make the most sense and I think he will love these!! Thanks again

  15. 15.) Rachel
    May 18th, 2011

    I just saw a recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato Salad. That sounds like it would be perfect for your next picnic.

  16. 16.) Aimee
    May 18th, 2011

    What a great looking picnic! I love the beginning of summer – so many great things to look forward to!

  17. 17.) Sara
    May 18th, 2011

    What a great picnic! Always looking for new ideas. Thanks so much!

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  19. 19.) Shaunna
    May 19th, 2011

    Oh how those grilled steak sandwiches look yummy even first thing in the morning!

  20. 20.) Raquel
    May 19th, 2011

    Such a great and cute picnic!! Looks delicious!

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  22. 22.) Erica
    May 20th, 2011

    Great ideas. Picnic time starts for us Memorial weekend so this gave me some great ideas!

  23. 23.) anne
    May 21st, 2011

    gorgeous picnic – have always coveted those plastic stemless wine glasses. i feel like a winner….

  24. 24.) Ileana
    May 21st, 2011

    Your Perfect Picnic Recipes are a reminder to us all that a picnic should never be drab or boring. The descriptions are as good to the ear as the food is to the taste buds. Summer, here we go!

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