10 Things You Need for the Perfect Picnic

Whether you prefer pre-packed snacks or a DIY approach, outfit your spread with the best L.A. has to offer
Photograph by Andrea D'Agosto
Photograph by Andrea D’Agosto

1. 2014 Underwood Rosé ($12.50)
Everson Royce, 155 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Ditch the corkscrew and grab a chilled screwtop bottle of this refreshing Oregon rosé. Goes down easy with that jambon beurre.

2. KyoChon Fried Chicken, ($18)
3833 W. 6th St., Koreatown
What should “KFC” stand for? Korean fried chicken, and KyoChon turns out a dandy double-fried-to-order garlicky rendition with ultracrispy skin.

3. Sarah Sherman Samuel Picnic Basket ($130)
Local designer Sarah Sherman Samuel updates nostalgia with her Appalachian white ash picnic basket. The green-and-white gingham liner protects against spills.

4. Peanut Butter Sesame Cookie ($2.50)
République, 624 S. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park
The classic peanut butter cookie gets even nuttier with a sublime sprinkle of black and white sesame seeds.

5. Nancy’s Chopped Salad ($17)
Mozza 2 Go, 6610 Melrose Ave., Hancock Park
If you want a salad that won’t wilt in the heat, go for one with a lemony vinaigrette like this specialty from Nancy Silverton. It’s tossed with aged provolone, Genoa salami, hearty iceberg, and radicchio.

6. Saffron Hummus ($5)
Cookbook L.A., 1549 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park
Up your dipping game with a chickpea spread that gets extra oomph from caramelized onions and saffron.

7. Mom’s Lemon & Herb Pita Chips ($4)
Brentwood, Larchmont, Pasadena, and Venice farmers’ markets
These zesty chips with Mediterranean herbs have a cult following. And no, you can’t eat just one.

8. Jambon Beurre Sandwich ($12)
Petit Trois, 718 Highland Ave., Hollywood
Parisian-style salt-cured ham, shaved radishes, and French demi-sel butter laced with buckwheat honey make this the ne plus ultra of portable sandwiches.

9. Valerie Confections Good Mix ($20)
Valerie Confections, multiple locations, valerieconfections.com
What happens when the smart local design studio Commune collaborates with L.A.’s favorite chocolatier? An intense chocolate granola with almonds, cocoa nibs, sea salt, and pumpkin seeds.

10. Ixchel Beach Blanket ($148)
Los Angeles-based online travel outfitter the Reed carries these hand-woven cotton throws made by artisans in Mexico. They multitask brilliantly as colorful, sturdy picnic blankets. But be careful with that rosé.

Or leave the food-packing to the pros! The 5 best pre-packed snacks:

GC Marketplace
3315 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
Bound for the Hollywood Bowl? Gary Arabia’s shop makes music-themed bento boxes filled with pasta, pizza, salads, sandwiches, cheese, wine, and more. Same-day ordering available.

Picnic LA
9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City
The newish Culver City spot packs roasted chicken, salads, dessert, bread and butter, wine, utensils, and a blanket in a chic wicker basket. Order 24 hours in advance.

Joan’s on Third
8350 W. 3rd St., Beverly Grove
Joan McNamara will stock a box with a custom assortment of her flagship’s myriad goodies: duck salami, wine, prosciutto di Parma, and house-made potato chips. Order 24 hours in advance.

2106 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
Ready-to-go boxes hold cheese, artisanal meats, olives, cornichons, almonds, a baguette, and beer or wine with reusable plastic glasses.

The Larders at Tavern and Burton Way
11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood; 8500 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
Prepackaged meals include everything from salmon with cu-cumber yogurt to charcuterie to dainty ficelle sandwiches. Order 24 hours in advance.

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