The key to crafting a successful picnic menu is creating combinations of food, drinks and flavors that please everyone. But with so many options, it can be tough to make up your mind about what beverage is best paired with each delicious picnic food. Here are seven picnic food and drink pairings you can fix up for your next picnic.
1. Barbacoa beef or chicken tinga street tacos + margaritas
For guests craving something a little sweet and spicy, try including these delicious Mexican food truck favorites with a frozen berry margarita. It’s a popular taste combination of the Baja region and one of our most popular picnic foods to date.
2. Black angus cheeseburger + Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
It’s a picnic food fixture and one of the summer season’s most iconic alcoholic drinks. Our mouthwatering burgers are served hot off the grill and go perfectly with the nice refreshing lemon zing of Leinenkugel’s. Together, they’re a virtual must-have for any summer Chicago picnic.
3. BBQ pulled pork + Angry Orchard Hard Cider
The flavor harmony of apple and pork is famous throughout the barbecue world, and our talented picnic catering team has mastered it. A sweet, slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich with a refreshing bottle of this hard apple cider drink is the perfect homage to proper BBQ.
4. Vegetarian burgers + Arnold Palmers
Don’t forget about your vegetarian crowd. They’ll want something hearty and healthy too, and our 1/3 lb. veggie burgers are sure to do the trick. Combine those delicious alternatives with the revitalizing and hip summer non-alcoholic mix of half iced tea and half lemonade.
5. Smoked chicken + fruit punch
Our chicken is smoked in beer can-style quarters and seasoned liberally with all the proper spices. Wash it down with a tall glass of fresh fruit punch, the perfect balance of sweet to cut into that spicy saltiness.
6. Flat iron steak + cabernet sauvignon
Looking to go a little more upscale for your picnic? Look no further than a juicy, healthy cut of flat iron steak. Toss it on the grill with a healthy application of the four horsemen of steak seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic, onion), cook to a nice medium rare, and finally pair it with a lovely red wine. Suddenly, your picnic is enjoying a real sense of refinement.
7. Salmon fillet + chardonnay
Salmon (and most fish really) are traditionally seasoned with lemons, garlic and/or oregano. Wrapped up in foil and grilled at just the right temperature and length of time, they’ll achieve a flakiness and flavor that’s just sublime. What better drink to complement this grilled fish favorite than a glass of chardonnay?
Great picnic food menus are created by finding perfect flavor combinations that can operate in unison with each other. Planning your menu with this approach ensures that everyone gets to enjoy something delicious and can look forward to your picnics every time.
For more great flavor combination ideas or to start planning your next picnic, contact our team online or give us a call at 847.593.2000.
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