Whether you are planning a patio picnic, virtual house party or just looking for a way to spice up dinner, try these picnic-inspired food and drink ideas from Whistler.
Refresh With a Classy G&T
Kick off your picnic with a refreshing G&T courtesy of The Mallard Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. This needs a bit of planning as there’s an infusion involved (five days is suggested), so do this on a rainy day when the smell of zesty grapefruits and lemons will brighten the mood.
What You Need: Gin, Tonic, Grand Marnier, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup (water and sugar).
To give it that Fairmont-flair, make sure you shake it with panache, queue up some sophisticated piano music and don’t forget the garnish. If you have a silver serving platter now is the time to buff it up.
A Salad to Start
Beets are in season, are high in blood-pressure-lowering nitrates and a good source of fibre. Their bright colour can also help with getting some veggies in the kids (big and small).
Executive Chef, Melissa Craig, from the Bearfoot Bistro, talks us through how to plate up these yummy root vegetables, giving some tips and tricks along the way.
What You Need: Beets, Apple Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Squash, Mascarpone, Butter, Red Onion, Kale, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, Carrots, Cheese, Nuts.
You’ll have to use your culinary know-how to bring this dish together and also some creative flair with your ingredient gathering and display technique. You got this – food is art and all that.
The Canadian Classic
The G&T seemed so long ago, which means it’s time to move on to the next liquid course, a quintessential Canadian patio sipper, the Caesar. Got any mason jars? Forget the home jam-making idea, this is a better way to put those to good use.
What You Need: Celery Salt / Montreal Steak Spice Mix (or a spice mix of your choice), Lime Juice, Caesar Mix (see below), Vodka / Gin / Tequila (chili infusion optional), Clamato Juice, Garnish.
Chad mentions that Stonesedge Kitchen has a secret Caesar mix so you’re on your own on that, but typically it’s made up of Worcestershire sauce (have fun saying that one) and Tabasco, but can include soy sauce, horseradish and BBQ sauce – the list goes on.
You can also go with whatever garnishes you have on hand, yet another way to get creative in the kitchen and wow your other half (or the neighbours peeking over the fence). However, don’t forget you’ve got more food on the menu.
Plant-Based Patio Pizza
Get your hands messy making cauliflower pizza dough with Whistler Blackcomb’s Executive Chef, Wolfgang Sterr. He shows us how to make a well-balanced, healthy, colourful pizza that will clash perfectly with your picnic blanket.
What You Need: Cauliflower, Chickpea Flour, Eggs, Red Peppers, Olive Oil, Garlic, Mushrooms, Red Onion, Olives, Spinach / Arugula, Goat’s Cheese.
Nutritious and delicious. As Wolfgang mentions, this pizza is a great energy booster, so consider an at-home workout before you get your dough on.
As it’s the season, consider an Easter egg hunt for the kids while you sit back and relax. Make sure to hide them well so you can get through this four-course Whistler picnic in relative peace.
If you did do this outside, remember, unless you want something bigger than the Easter Bunny visiting your backyard you had better make sure the kids get them all!
We’re glad we can bring a little Whistler yumminess to you while we hold out for the real deal. Stay home, stay safe and we’ll see you soon!