Nothing says Summer like eating outdoors, picnic-style! And the Fourth of July is one of the nation’s biggest picnic and cook-out days of the year. According to statistics, one of the most popular July 4 foods is the hot dog, with more than 155 million consumed on Independence Day alone!
While hot dogs are not required for a perfect July 4 meal, Sweet Tea is (some say Sweet Tea was the first “gold” discovered in Georgia). “Invented” here in the South, AARP recently reported the growing popularity of the beverage around the country, and no Georgia picnic is complete without it!
If you’ve located your parade-viewing spot and have already claimed the space where you’ll watch your fireworks, the only thing left to do is to plan your picnic.
Sure, you can go the traditional route and pack a basket to the brim… Or you can alleviate the hassles and contact one of several caterers in and around the metro area who specialize in picnic catering.
If you want to forgo the basket altogether, and sitting cross-legged on the ground doesn’t excite you, consider Nine Street Kitchen in Roswell. This nifty little restaurant has indoor and porch seating – but the hottest spots are the sand-chair and picnic-blanket seats on the hill beside the restaurant. That’s where the best people-watching occurs, too!
Nine Street Kitchen is located at 982 Canton Street in Roswell, and is touted as one of “the most romantic restaurants in Roswell.” www.ninestreetkitchen.com.
Are you planning to go Downtown to watch the fireworks? Piedmont Park is not only the finish line for the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race, it is also one of the most popular picnic spots in Atlanta. Whether you want to overlook the pond or spend the day touring the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, you can still have your picnic experience – without lugging the basket around with you all day.
Metro Fresh – located right outside Piedmont Park (on Monroe Circle) will pack a picnic for you, complete with food and drink, plates, utensils, a tablecloth and a candle! Order ahead of time and pick it up in time to enjoy your meal. www.metrofreshatl.com.
Heading over to Stone Mountain to watch the fireworks and laser show? Get there early to stake out your spot on the lawn, and bring a variety of fruits, cheeses, salads and more, prepared by the catering experts at Whole Foods (Harry’s Farmers Markets). www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
And if you’re still hankering for the All-American hot dog, but would prefer to have someone else handle the grill, try Barker’s Red Hots, Atlanta’s first licensed street vendor (since 1984). Barker’s Red Hots have been touted as “Atlanta’s Best Hot Dogs” by local foodies, and have been featured in Conde Nast Travel Magazine and the New York Times!
Best of all, Barker’s Red Hots caters complete picnics – delivered, ready-to-eat, or prepared on-site (they even bring the grill!) for up to 500 guests. www.barkersredhots.com.
You chose Windsong Communities because you were looking to relax and enjoy your new carefree lifestyle. Your home is already maintenance-friendly, so why not celebrate Independence from cooking as well?
Celebrate the Fourth with family, friends and your new Windsong neighbors. And if you choose to have your holiday catered, you’ll understand why we say Welcome Home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze! (and a picnic, too!)