The moment the sun begins to shine brighter, the auburn leaves begin to appear on my Japanese maple and the buds begin to push through the soil in my planters, all I want to do is host long languid lunches on my terrace. I dream of spring veggies: crunchy, light, and bright and I gather them with silly joy on my weekly adventures at the Prospect Park Famers Market.
Last Sunday was our first true spring day where the temperatures reached 65 degrees. I decided to host a little luncheon with fellow beautifying swooner and prop stylist Anthony D’Argenzio of Zio & Sons. With a basket full of springtime goodies like radishes, carrots, garden peas – still in their pods (!), artichokes, asparagus, arugula, and a variety of red and golden beets along with some swoon-worthy local cheeses I went to town creating a springtime feast! While I was in the kitchen creating a killer beet tart (if I do say so myself) and beautifying a few super simple veggie dips and dishes, Anthony whipped up quite the stunning tablescape!
We sat for hours with the sun “beeting” (hehe) down upon us, surrounded by beautiful food. A perfect Sunday indeed – with friends gathered around a table highlighted by healthy nibbles and wine punctuated with an abundance of laughter. Be swooned and inspired – let these images be a launching point to your own outdoor picnic adventures for spring and summer using the best local produce you can find.