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B.Y.O.Basket: French Picnic Essentials From The Mercantile
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B.Y.O.Basket: French Picnic Essentials From The Mercantile

You bring the basket, the blanket, and the romance, and the Mercantile will supply you with all the snacks and sips you need for a grown-up pique nique, Provence-style.

What To Expect

  • Fresh French Baguette
  • 1 round of La Bonne Vie Brie cheese
  • 1/2 lb. of French Riviera Olives
  • 1 link of Olli Salami
  • 2 Red Apples
  • Strawberry Bonne Maman preserves (1 oz.)
  • Your choice of a bottle of French Wine

Scout Notes

Our palettes may have grown more sophisticated with time, but one thing hasn't changed since childhood: a meal at the dinner table can't hold a candle to a good old-fashioned pic-a-nic. Indeed, few things make for an idyllic afternoon like a grassy spot, a blanket, and a basket full of goodies. And while we may have outgrown (mostly) the PB&Js-with-the-crusts-off picnic fare, a basket full of simple, delicious snacks is still the perfect accompaniment for a lovely afternoon dining alfresco. A little more grown-up than chicken fingers; a little more refined than potato salad... oui, the fare at the Mercantile is fit for a pique-nique in Provence. (Or, Piedmont Park, as it were.)

The baguette, the fromage, the vin... it's a feast fit for a true French countryside déjeuner sur l'herbe. (Or just a good ol' pic-a-nic.) All you need to do is bring your own blanket, basket, utensils, and sighs of "Isn't this the most lovely day ever?" and the Mercantile will supply everything else you need for a meal fit for Provence.

When Samantha Enzmann and Janea Rae Boyles set up shop with the Mercantile a few years ago, they set out to give Candler Park a place where high-quality, fresh food didn't have to cost an arm, a leg, and three hours in the kitchen. Since then, they've become a fixture in the neighborhood, beloved for their fresh-baked baguettes (they sold 10,000 of them last year alone), artisan cheeses and meats, boutique wines (oh, their wondrous wines!), and specialty products. And for your afternoon in almost-Provence, Samantha and Janea have assembled a spread perfect for nibbling and sipping while you lounge on the grass: one of their famous house baguettes, a wheel of brie, a half-pound of French Riviera olives, salami, strawberry jam, an apple, and a bottle of red or white, all handpicked by Janea. Really, what better way to fuel up for your epic croquete tournament than with a hunk of deliciously crusty French bread slathered in creamy brie? Now all that's left is mastering the art of playing lawn tennis without spilling your glass of wine.

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