Pack a Picnic with Our Fried Chicken
Our summers may be short in Chicago, but we make the most of them by getting outdoors! From concerts at Millennium Park and Ravinia, days at the lakefront, movies, even Shakespeare in the Parks, there are lots of opportunities for picnics.

No picnic would be complete without fried chicken. But don't pick it up from Popeyes! Make it at home with our easy, foolproof method. We'll bet you've never seen this technique before.

Full disclosure: this recipe is not healthy; but it will give you reason to go off of your diet. Shelley shows you how to fry chicken the full-fat way in our latest video.
How to Fry Chicken
How to Fry Chicken

As Shelley mentions, this Fried Chicken is great served warm or cold on a picnic blanket. Since we're right in the middle of picnic season, we have a lot of classes that focus on dining al fresco food available now:

Try our seasonal Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil and Goat Cheese in Chef's Garden.         


Stellar Salads features a different take on traditional chicken salad: Southwestern Chicken Salad with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette.    


You'll get lots of ideas for dishes to take on the go like Olive Oil-Poached Tuna Sandwich with Red Wine and Caper Vinaigrette in Girls' Night: Dinner al Fresco.


Enjoy other creative sandwiches such as Crab Sandwich with Pickled Fennel and Roasted Red Peppers in Quick Weeknight Meals: Beat the Heat.


And of course, The Perfect Picnic  is a class designed for summer excursions with a picnic-friendly menu that finishes with a Lemon Bar dessert.


Some of these classes are offered at multiple times at both of our locations, so please search our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule. 
Try these picnic-inspired recipes for your next outing:

Watermelon & Arugula Salad with Toasted Almonds
Fresh Tomato, Cucumber & Herb Gazpacho
Grilled Vegetable Panzanella
Spicy Sesame-Ginger Soba Noodle Salad
Peach & Blueberry Crisps
Potato salad is also a natural choice for picnics. But did you know what type of potato salad you enjoy tells a lot about your personality?

Our Chloe Ditzel developed a quiz that rivals any you'll find on Buzzfeed.


Pinterest For more ideas for your picnic menus, visit our Pack a Picnic Pinterest board.
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