When it comes to summer entertaining, the festivities naturally spill outdoors.
Alfresco is the name of the game when it’s time to chill with your friends, enjoy good
food and imbibe colorful drinks. The big question is where? Shall you picnic at the
beach, host a backyard barbecue or dine on the patio of your favorite restaurant? With
the abundance of nature, beaches and good eats in Marin, why not do it all?
We did just that, combining all these venues into one at a beach home in Tiburon and
inviting a few of our favorite Marin chefs to an afternoon picnic, potluck-style (we are
no fools). We fired up the grill, lit a bonfire on the beach, provided music and toys, and
stocked a Marin-sourced beverage bar with bubbles, mixers and spirits. Tasked with
specific courses, we let our chef-friends work their magic and bring their locally inspired
cuisine to this fabulous backyard. With a retro Frito pie, farmers’ market salads, a lus-
cious berry crumble, smoky baby back ribs and a super-size slab sandwich, washed
down with craft cocktails, there was something for everyone, and the living could not
have been easier.
So go ahead and plan a picnic by the beach or in your backyard. Invite your friends and
your kids’ BFFs. Ask everyone to bring a dish or a bottle. Set a theme if you like and ask for
starters, salads, mains and dessert. Lucky for us, the chefs at our soiree shared their reci-
pes, so you can re-create their dishes at home for your next outdoor party. Use them for
inspiration and everyone will be in for a treat. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.
The bounty of summer on
a plate. Opposite from top
left: Green Chile Kitchen’s
Ted Razatos; Arielle Giusto
and Josephine Stoddard
of MH Bread & Butter;
hostess Quinn Edington (in
blue) and guests.