The Challenge:

To find the ultimate picnic that feels celebratory without breaking the bank. For that, I turned to Maryczyk Fine Foods, a gourmet neighborhood market with two locations. Bonus: The selected items transport easily.

The Goods:

1. Parisian Sandwich (French ham with Belletoile Brie on a buttered house-made baguette)

Ham, cheese, and butter—need we say more?

Price $6.99

2. Cornichons

The richness of the sandwich demands something tangy. Hint: Try putting a couple of these crunchy pickles inside the sandwich.

Price: $7.99/pound.

3. Honey Tangerines

They don’t look like much from the outside, but these late-season citrus fruits offer a sweet and refreshing burst of flavor.

Price: $.99/lb

4. Whoopie Pie

Cakey chocolate cookies stuck together with a swirl of creamy frosting—this is a treat that brings a smile to any face.

Price: $3.49

5. Backyard Soda Co. Lemon Rosemary Artisanal Beverage Syrup

Spiked or simply stirred into soda water, this Denver-based mixer imparts a punch of lemon and rosemary. If you’re trying to lighten your picnic load, add a few ounces to a thermos and leave the bottle at home. Bring soda water with you.

Price: $13.99

Grand Total: $25.73

Bonus: Tiamo prosecco

For a twist on a mimosa, try mixing Backyard Soda Co.’s lemon-rosemary syrup into this bubbly.

Price: $5.99 each

This is part one of a series. Check back tomorrow for the perfect picnic from Trader Joe’s.

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.