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Holiday by James Tissot

The Elegant Picnic 
If you find yourself uninspired by the thought of fingers sticky with barbecue sauce, or bored with yet one more watermelon seed spitting contest, perhaps the Memorial Day weekend calls for an elegant picnic? Savor the clink of silverware on china between sips of fine wine and tasty delicacies while you relish the late spring breeze.  

Whether you are dining on the beach or in one of our fabulous East Bay parks, make certain the stroll to the car is short. Or simply spread a blanket on the grass of your own backyard.

Our menu suggestions:
Angel Biscuits from King Arthur's Flour
Cheese plate with Brillat-Savarin, Beemster XO, Cowgirl Creamery's
Mt. Tam, and perhaps some grapes
Cranberry Hazelnut Raincoast Crisps
Assorted olives and cornichons
Val de France Sparkling Juices
Miraval Rosé or Veuve Cliquot Cuvée Champagne
And finally, Graceful Cookie assortment with Poco Dolce Tiles

As the days grow longer, there are still hours of day­light after school-and even work. Now is a great time of year to spend our evenings out in our parks and on some amazing trails, and leave the con­crete of the city behind.

Stop by our store and build your own dinner from our hot food bar, pick up a Grab n' Go picnic dinner, a baguette, brie and bottle of wine, or even a sand­wich and a cold drink...and head to the hills.


Red­wood Regional Park is a hidden red­wood forest just a few miles over the ridge from our store. In addi­tion to an exten­sive net­work of trails through coast red­woods, there are stroller and hand­icap friendly picnic areas and play struc­tures. Read the article and get the links... 



Vendor of the Month 

 Blue Chair Fruit Company 


Pre­serves Redefined


Blue Chair Fruit Com­pany is the pre­mier artisanal jam and mar­malade com­pany in the United States. Located in Oak­land, CA, Blue Chair has rede­fined preserving.

Using organic and sus­tain­ably grown fruit from local growers, they pre­serve that vibrant fruit flavor through the use of tra­di­tional methods com­bined with modern sensibilities.

They have amazing fla­vors and variety.
 Find out which flavors we carry at Piedmont Grocery...


Pied­mont Gro­cery will be closed on Monday, May 26th in honor of Memo­rial Day.


So, please get your shop­ping done early, so our cus­tomers and employees can spend the hol­iday with family and friends.

We will resume our reg­ular hours on Tuesday, May 27th.

We are open seven days a week: Monday through Sat­urday 9 AM to 8 PM, and Sunday 9 AM to 7 PM.



The age of the dismal mixer is over.
-Finan­cial Times  


These award win­ning mixers taste clean, subtle, and are bal­anced with authentic fla­vors and champagne-style car­bon­a­tion.  


Try a mixer that is just as good as the spirits you're pairing them with: tonic waters, ginger ale, bitter lemon, sparkling lemon and club soda. Highest-quality Ingre­di­ents are sourced from small spe­cialist sup­pliers all over the globe.

Visit our website for the link to some delicious cocktail recipes... 


Grilled Chicken Thighs with Peaches, Mint & Almonds

From Amy and our "What's For Dinner Wednesday" recipe blog 


Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

Six years ago, when we moved into our cur­rent house, one of the first things we did (even before fixing the doors) was plant a fruit orchard on the Front 40 of our lot.


We orig­i­nally planted 12 trees: 2 Peach, 2 Nec­tarine, 1 French Prune, 1 Sekel Pear, 2 Cherry, and 4 Apple. It's been a painful process, often because we think we kinda know what we are doing-but we really don't.  


Most of the time we just get lucky.


We lost one of the Peach trees to gophers, and have gone through mul­tiple rounds of peach leaf curl. Last year we had quite a few prunes and appar­ently they were quite tasty. At least the squir­rels thought so-since they ate them all.


This year things are looking up. The trees are bigger, and loaded with early signs of a decent crop: espe­cially the Nec­tarine. It looks like we might actu­ally get to har­vest some of it. (Quick, some­body knock on wood!)


We usu­ally head out to Brent­wood to do our peach and nec­tarine picking this time of year, but I am hoping we can just eat our own crop. I have a feeling we will still end up in Brent­wood. Peaches and nec­tarines do not last long in our house.


In the mean time I am keeping watch on the trees, and antic­i­pating that first juicy, sweet bite. I am looking for­ward to a summer of recipes like this one from Michael Symon's cook­book Car­ni­vore. The chicken is good, but the real reason I make this is for the peach salad. It's such a great match for any­thing grilled


Read the rest of the article and get the recipe... 


In This Issue
Hiking in the Hills
Vendor of the Month
Memorial Day Hours
What's Hot
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Peaches, Mint & Almonds
What's For Dinner Wednesday
Quick Links


Visit our recipe blog to learn what Amy, our VP and resident foodie, is cooking up in her home kitchen.

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Peaches, Mint & Almonds 




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