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Summer Entertaining

This Summer’s perfect Rustic Beach Picnic

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–––––––     LAKESIDE FEAST –––––––

Fior di latte & kumato tomato, gorgonzola, bacon & honey
Shiny sea, P.E.I oysters
Mediterranean potato salad with artichokes, asparagus, peppers & cipollini onions
Salmon with pearl couscous, sundried tomato, kidney beans, french green beans, bell pepper & black rice, snow peas, mango, carrots & chillies

Beach bliss

Footprints in the sand

Sebastien’s suggestions

When summer arrives I always look forward to entertaining outdoors! Nothing can beat the freshness of the air, the sound of the water and the sand beneath my feet. After all the winter dinner parties, everyone will love the heels-free, relaxed vibe of a lunch or dinner party on the beach.

What you’ll need

There has been a recent trend towards using wood palettes (which we’ve featured here), but you can always use a picnic or fold-up table. Add sheer white linen, throw pillows and lanterns for décor. Sharable charcuterie platters, fresh fruit and picnic classics such as potato salad, oysters and fish make ideal menu selections since they are light and healthy, in case some of your guests decide to venture into the lake!

Assembly required: open-faced sandwiches

Great sandwiches always start with great quality bread and I love using artisanal loaves from Ace Bakery. Cut a small loaf of bread (toasting optional). Here we used raisin walnut bread. Add slices of blue gorgonzola, bacon and a drizzle of honey. For more of a classic flavour, go with slices of fior di latte with kumato tomato, basil cress and a drizzle of olive oil atop whole-grain pumpkin seed bread.

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Sebastien Centner is the Director of Eatertainment Special Events & Catering, one of Canada’s leading event and catering companies. A regular contributor to Homefront, Sebastien can also be seen on The Marilyn Denis Show, The Morning Show and in Catersource Magazine offering entertaining ideas and inspiration to Canadians across the country. www.eatertainment.com.

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Food menu courtesy of Executive Chef Christopher Matthews. Prop styling courtesy Suzanne Dunbar-Saunders. Pillows, linen, lanterns & tableware courtesy of Event Rental Group/Chairman Mills. Shot on location at Woodbine Beach.