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A Valentine’s Day Winter Picnic

Who needs sunshine and 80 degree weather for a picnic? Not us! Living here in Alpharetta, we are blessed with mild temperatures year-around, and a healthy appetite for adventure and good living. For Valentine’s Day this year, why not take your honey bun on a picnic at one of the city’s parks or historic places. We chose the grounds of the lovely Mansell House and Gardens on Old Milton Parkway, home of the Alpharetta Historical Society. The Queen Anne style house was built in 1912 and sits on beautifully maintained grounds. Or, chose your favorite nearby park and look for a dry hilltop or covered picnic table to claim as your own for a few hours.

Next, pack the food. Think big! Think local! We knocked on the door of Wildflour and owner and chef Michael Field made us a  fab basil chicken salad sandwich and a savory salmon sandwich, adding his pasta salad with balsamic vinaigrette and a pocketful of cookies (chocolate chip, sweet potato and Butterfinger brownies).

We also like what’s happening at Never Enough Thyme. Culinary Institute of America chef, Robert Pniewski suggested we pack blackberry Sweet and Spicy Pecan Salad with English cranberry cheese topping, his famous Mediterranean chicken artichoke salad, a chicken salad sandwich on Portugese roll and a fresh tomato mozzarella sandwich on ciabatta bread. The icing on the cake? Freshly baked red velvet cupcakes or a slice of pecan pie.

If you want to think outside the lunchbox, we will applaud enthusiastically and remind you to pack appropriate cutlery and plates for a juicy steak, like the one Village Tavern would gladly pack up for you. They will add grilled asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. Any of your favorite foods will work for a picnic, as long as you are prepared (like a good Scout), and everything tastes better when you’re with the one you love, outdoors under the winter sunshine.

Finally, chose something a little more special than the perfunctory picnic lemonade, like a nicely chilled white wine or even your favorite red. The folks at Johns Creek Wine and Crystal will help you chose the right bottle and stemware.

Have fun and post your picnic pictures on our Facebook page (one lucky posting picnicker will win a little something from Alpharetta Lifestyle Magazine).



5815 Windward Pkwy # 210

Open for lunch and catering

Village Tavern

11555 Rainwater Dr

Never Enough Thyme

5354 McGinnis Ferry Rd

Johns Creek Wine and Crystal

9810 Medlock Bridge Rd #700,
Johns Creek

Kathleen’s Catch

9810 Medlock Bridge Rd, Suite 800,
Johns Creek