January 2013 - a massive CHEERS! to Sunset Magazine for naming us one of the *50 BEST FOOD SHOPS IN THE WEST!* we are flattered.
"...Seattle | Picnic. Stocked with the things that make a great picnic, including their own preserved Meyer lemons. Popular local brands: Deluxe’s peach jam with vanilla and bourbon; hazelnut–cacao nib granola from Marge. 6801 Greenwood Ave. N.; picnicseattle.com..."
...Mingle with winemakers-You have a better chance of actually meeting winemakers in town than you do in their tasting rooms. At Picnic, meet-and-greet tastings..let you chat with the folks actually blending and bottling-like the owners of Walla Walla’s Rulo Winery. The vibe is relaxed and the pours are generous, with very little pretension.
...Even a cursory glance at the Euro-chic deli case at Picnic yields views of a trove of meats and cheeses. Look a little closer, and you’ll notice that much of the charcuterie has been sourced from renowned proprietors of Old World curing...while the fromage selection consists of unique finds, such as locally produced Kurtwood Farm’s Camembert-like Dinah’s cheese. This wine shop/deli gem, with a spartan decor brightened by a few olive green and orange seats, does a brisk lunch and take-out business as well.
...And now, from the better-late-than-never department, say hello to Anson and Jenny Klock -- owners of Picnic on Phinney Ridge. That's what I did late last week after a friend's eyes widened in shocked surprise when I told her I'd never been to their year-old "food + wine boutique" nor tasted their housemade pork rillettes...
...Picnic: It's a word not usually associated with Seattle this time of year. But thanks to Jenny and Anson Klock, it's now on the lips of many local gastronomes.
"We have a deli case full of fresh items that we prepare every day, like sandwiches and soups, but we also offer dinners to-go that people can grab on their way home from work and just reheat very easily," says Anson.
The couple opened the food and wine boutique on Phinney Ridge in September with the concept of restaurant-caliber food available for take-out or dining-in.
...it would be tough in this economy to start up a white-tablecloth restaurant featuring the likes of house-made pates and handmade pasta. It's a fine thing, instead, that Anson and Jenny Klock went for Picnic, a bright, friendly and cheerfully stylish spot specializing in the same fine foods at takeout and a la carte prices...
...we enjoyed choosing wines from the far reaches of Spain and Australia. But the best part was the food, oh the food! Classic French delights filled Picnic with a heavenly scent. We inhaled aged salami, bold bleu cheese, and a beautiful watermelon beet salad that was perfectly paired with the richness of the pork rillettes.
...modeled after Napa Valley's 120-year-old Oakville Grocery, which the couple fell in love with on their honeymoon more than 10 years ago and dreamed of emulating ever since. With its wall of wine, and carefully selected cheeses, olives and pastas, Picnic captures that footloose feeling of lingering over delicious food, even if you're not stretched out on a blanket under a cloudless blue sky.