To celebrate the easing of restrictions and the encouragement of social interaction outdoors, premier Melbourne catering company Cookes Food has launched Park Life – three premium picnic boxes to be enjoyed at the local park with family and friends.
No stranger to a pivot in 2020, Cookes Food has been curating delicious at-home menus and fun collaborations throughout the year to keep the spirits up for their clients at home. Although they would usually be setting up for events with 500+ people, Cookes have been busy in the kitchen and on the roads delivering the premium food they have always been known for.
In line with the ‘Second Step’ to hopefully kick in by Monday, 28 September, Victorians will be able to meet up to five people in an outdoor setting, giving the humble picnic the time to shine. There will be no better way to spend much anticipated quality time with loved ones than on a picnic rug with deliciously curated food and drinks in the sunshine.
The three boxes on offer are the Brunch Box, Grazing Box and Euro Grazing Box, with all serving two to three people generously. Some of the delicious dishes include house-smoked ocean trout with dill horseradish cream; baby tomatoes on the vine with buffalo mozzarella, smoke salt and extra virgin olive oil; shaved Donati’s ham with Cookes pickles and babaganoush and beetroot dip with qukes and sourdough crostini.
The Euro Grazing Box includes French brie with fruit crostini and fresh grapes, spanakopita triangles, Jimmy’s pickled octopus and Basque cheesecake.
Two of the boxes also include a bottle of Adelina Nebbiolo Rosato 2017 or Bannockburn 1314 A.D. Pinot Noir.
The picnic boxes are available to order through the Cookes Food website and can be picked up from their St Kilda HQ or delivered to your doorstep for a small fee. And to make things even more convenient, Cookes will be offering park drop-offs, meaning that all you need to bring from home is a picnic rug and a big appetite.
Cookes Food – Park Life
Euro Grazing: $185
All serve 2–3 pax. All items come neatly packed in a natural oatmeal box with clear and simple instructions on a decorative menu card. Some items will require minimal assemblage. Boxes also include bamboo plates, forks and knives.
Images: Kate Shanasy