The Pittsburgh Urbanist Guide says it loves Bluebird Kitchen and Point State Park.
We love both of those things, too, and so we're charmed to share the news of a picnic the guide is presenting with the Downtown restaurant at the Downtown park.
You pay in advance and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. that Saturday, there'll be a picnic basket waiting for you at a table outside Gatway Towers, across the street from the park. The Urbanist, which we blogged about here when it debuted, suggests you "bring a blanket, a book, or a bocce set" and "spend the afternoon eating and relaxing!"
There are three menus for two, priced from $30 to $50:
Roasted Portobello and Asparagus in Phyllo
Cauliflower & Potato Gratin
Sauteed Petit Greens
Pecan BBQ Pork Tenderloin
Fingerling Potato Salad
Mustard Haricot Vert
Cucumber Dill Salad
Soba Noodle with Lemon Caper Aioli
Tickets are available here.
You could, of course, put together your own repast with food from Bluebird (open on weekdays) or from elsewhere. You could even make your own picnic fare, perhaps with recipes from the Food & Flavor section's picnic special last month.
But with summer on its downhill run, getting in a real picnic or two, one way or another, seems like a very happy idea.
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