If you’re looking for some picnic ideas for the Fourth of July, here are a few options.
By Wini Moranville
Most local restaurants will be closed for the Fourth of July on Saturday. Nevertheless, these venues will have food lovers covered with takeout options you can snag the day before (but be sure to order earlier in the week):
Flying Mango: While this restaurant has been closed since the beginning of the COVID crisis, they’ve been doing intermittent pop-ups, offering select items for curbside pickup just one day of the week. A few weeks ago, the menu included a ready-to-reheat dinner for two (with smoked pork chops, roasted red-pepper mashed potatoes and Latin sweet corn). For the Fourth of July, owner Mike Wedeking plans to offer à la carte “pounds and pints” options—meats and sides that allow diners to build their own picnic. Some kind of homemade berry pie will also be available.
Pickup will be on Friday. Be warned, however, the pop-ups almost always sell out; to avoid disappointment, get on their e-newsletter distribution list by sending them a message via the Flying Mango Facebook page. That way, you’ll be first to hear when the ordering window opens.
Cheese Bar: For the past month, this polestar all-things-artisanal has been offering “Supper Boxes,” which serve two to four. Past boxes have been anchored by such amazing-sounding entrees as honey-Sriracha glazed pork belly and a whole smoked, locally raised chicken with a choice of finishing sauce (e.g., preserved lemons and summer herbs).
At deadline, chef Bret McClavy was still putting the final touches on his menu for this coming weekend. He’s planning to offer Supper Boxes for the grill, along with a la carte options such as smoked sausage, pulled pork, smoked ribs, smoked wings and cheese corn casserole. Dessert and cocktails will also be available. Check in at Cheese Bar DSM’s Facebook page for the finalized menu and ordering instructions. Pickup will be on Friday.
Bubba – Southern Comforts: If you’ve got your mains and sides covered, but need help coming up with holiday-worthy drinks, check out Bubba’s line of carryout cocktails. Made fresh each week, each 32-ounce can pours four to six servings. Choose from Raspberry-Thyme Lemonade, Spiked Cold-Brew Coffee, Watermelon Cooler and Blackberry Basil Tea. Find out more on Bubba’s Facebook Page.