A Slice of Americana: Summer Picnic Recipes

Styling and designs by Matthew Huddleston and Louis Boutier, 50Fifty Creative Services
Menu by Chef Lisa Resch, Carolina Catering Co., Naples
Photography by Vanessa Rogers


To celebrate our nation’s independence, we’re going back in time with a vintage-themed Fourth of July tablescape and picnic. The setting is a private residence in Old Naples that provides a stunning Gulf-view backdrop. “Taking a cue from the venue, we focused on an idyllic period, post-war late ’40s to early ’50s—a time when patriotism was especially high,” says Matthew Huddleston of 50Fifty Creative Services in Naples.

Summertime Picnic in Naples for the Fourth of July - recipes for summer picnics

   The festive table is dotted with bunches of classic red carnations and precious red ranunculus tucked in vintage cans and old tins. For the table setting, chargers are replaced with ruffled mats reminiscent of time-honored ribbon rosette badges. Wine and Soul Food for a Fourth of July PicnicLarge glass hurricanes with silver rims add a sense of luxury. The picnic menu leans towards traditional comfort foods, but with a sophisticated twist. The Fried Chicken Sage Biscuit is dusted with panko and could easily be baked instead of fried for a lighter version. But don’t skip the jelly. “We’ve been making our own pepper jelly for years and adding it to biscuits and bacon, and it’s good on fried chicken,” says Chef Lisa Resch, who prepared the menu.
   Resch sourced many of the ingredients from Collier Family Farms, including the herbs and vegetables in the Gulf Shrimp with Kale Pesto. “Kale adds texture. It’s a great ingredient—and so good for you,” she says. And you can’t have a picnic without watermelon; this  flavorful version is spiced with cracked black pepper, specialty vinegar and farmer cheese. Let the fireworks begin!


Make your summertime picnic a gourmet affair with these tasty recipes.

Spicy Watermelon and Farmer's Cheese Salad - Summertime Picnic RecipesWatermelon & Farmer’s Cheese Salad

Sweet and spicy, this recipe for spicy watermelon and Farmer’s cheese salad is a refreshing bite for the summer heat.

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Onion Gruyére Star Tart Squares - Summertime Picnic RecipesFrench Onion Tart

For a savory and sharp bite to that summertime picnic, give this recipe for Onion Gruyére Star Tart Squares a try.

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Gulf Shrimp with Kale Pesto recipe - summertime picnic recipesGulf Shrimp with Kale Pesto

For a healthy taste fresh from the Gulf, Chef Lisa Resch of Carolina Catering Co. shares her recipe for Gulf Shrimp with Kale Pesto.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken Biscuits & Green Bean Salad recipe - Picnic Ideas from Fourth of JulyButtermilk Fried Chicken Biscuits & Green Bean Salad

A Southern favorite, this recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken Biscuits and Green Bean Salad is the perfect addition for those Fourth of July picnics.

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Prime Tenderloin Sandwich & Sweet Potato Chips - recipes for entertainingPrime Tenderloin Sandwich & Sweet Potato Chips

Forget the barbecue; try these Prime Tenderloin Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Chips at your next summer picnic.

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French Macarons recipe - dessert for the picnic

French Macarons

Time for dessert! Snack on these decadent French Macarons, a picnic must.

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