Gourmet in the Garden

Posted online: August 2015

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When longtime friends Ariane Aumont (an Ojai-based private chef) and Taiana Geifer—a high-end fashion designer and event producer—finally found themselves living in the same town after Geifer settled on the West Coast from seven years of living between Santa Barbara and New York, their innate interests brought them together. The result: Le Picnic—a “boutique garden party meets Mediterranean cocktail hour meets elegant picnic,” says Geifer. During the past few years, as Aumont’s clientele was expanding, “she started getting larger jobs and it became clear she needed a partner,” says Geifer. “After our first job together, we knew we would be an excellent team.” Now, the duo’s boutique catering company is known for custom picnic baskets chock-full of delicacies such as smoked zucchini dip with pomegranate molasses and mint, pickled vegetables, manchego with apple-sage membrillo, black mission fig and olive tapenade, and lavash and za’tar flatbread as well as their private custom-curated alfresco affairs and public events such as a demonstration of pairing locally grown herbs in your home-cooked meals. –GZT

LE PICNIC hellolepicnic.com.

 

S U M M E R  M E N U

• Oro Blanco grapefruit, cold-pressed cucumber juice, and vanilla bean Paloma cocktail with pink himalayan salt
• Kumamoto oyster with pickled cucumber gelée, caviar lime, and fennel
• Grapefruit, avocado, and pea tendril salad with crispy shallots and sumac dressing
• Turmeric and dried lime-marinated calamari fried in coconut oil with fresh herbs, lemon pickled onion, and minted yogurt
• Grilled prawns with tamarind-mint chutney, masala-spiced heirloom carrot purée, and purple carrot and fines herbes salad
• “Bouquet” of rose water-cardamom-coconut-pistachio, orange blossom-tangelo, lemon-verbena-coconut, and sage-pineapple popsicles

[SUMMER 2015]

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