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Summer Picnic Series #5: A 1950's American Picnic & BBQ with Charcoal Grills

  • Aug 31, 2014 · 1:30 PM
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Labor Day weekend, the last official weekend of summer is already upon us. For those of you who want to avoid traffic and will be staying in the city over this long weekend, let's continue to enjoy this warm weather while it is still here. 


This time we will be meeting at Brooklyn Bridge Park which has great views of the Manhattan skyline, and there are grills available for anyone who wants to BBQ. These are real charcoal grills guys, so those of you hankering to get some end of summer BBQ on this is your chance. And here are some 1950's BBQ ideas: 

http://antiquealterego.com/2013/08/30/vintage-recipes-lets-eat-outdoors-1950s-chicken-bbq/

loads of 1950's recipes plus grilling (see index) http://books.google.com/books?id=XI8G_I1TazYC&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=1950's+grilling+recipes&source=bl&ots=8sXk65Uv7c&sig=GzgPlt_CRFtBIyCTgINtCEsXkJY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LIfpU9-SMc2dygT5_IKIDQ&ved=0CIEBEOgBMA0#v=onepage&q=1950's%20grilling%20recipes&f=false

http://thevodkaparty.com/food/lets-eat-outdoors-mid-50s/


This is a 1950's themed picnic. To participate you must prepare a dish that was common in American 1950's households. If you Google 1950's recipes you will surely get a ton of results, but I have included some links anyway. The last link is for fun, but who am I to stop you if you really think you might enjoy making a salad loaf......

http://pzrservices.typepad.com/vintagerecipes/1950s-recipes/

http://thehairpin.com/2013/10/lets-eat-some-weird-shi

http://www.retro-housewife.com/1950s-recipes.php

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/truly-upsetting-vintage-recipes#2mlto83


You will probably get thirsty so you might also want to bring some beverages too. If you don't want to sit on the grass you should also bring something to sit on (blankets, towels, chairs, etc)  They also have umbrella tables at this park available, but I am not sure if we will be able to secure one 

if you would like to bring other picnic related activities feel free to do so. Dogs are welcome. 

The fine print:

Please pick out what you would like to cook and confirm that you can make this event on  Aug 31st. Let us know which dish you want to cook in your RSVP so we can avoid any repeats. Each cook may bring one non-cook to enjoy the meal!

Cancellations: Please be 100% committed to attending this event, and cancel 48 hours in advance. There is limited space and each member puts in a lot of time, effort, and planning into each of these events. Late cancellations affect the group as a whole. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice, or are a no show you could be removed from the group.




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  • Karen C.

    So Sunday ate Aaron's Burgers and his beer for dinner. Monday made Veggie Burgers and froze them from the Bulger Salad. Wednesday made Veggie Sausage Corn Chowder with fresh Basil and Tomato Bruchetta with the Cheesy Bread. It was all delicious. Thanks guys!

    1 · September 4, 2014

  • Michelle

    Great food guys, it was fun. Too bad it started to rain. I am still full :-)

    August 31, 2014

  • Karen C.

    Fun day and the food was great. Plenty of leftovers and thanks for the beer Aaron.

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Aaron M.

    Where are you?

    August 31, 2014

  • Sheryl

    Totally jealous I didn't see this sooner. Had too much going on this Sunday

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Sudheer

    Indian Kababs/Wraps, Indian Snacks, Sodas, Beers

    August 26, 2014

    • Sudheer

      I am on my way with Sausages and surprise sides!;-)

      August 31, 2014

    • Sudheer

      have been walking 1 mile above you guys on top of the hill!;-)

      August 31, 2014

  • Lucy

    It's going to take me an hour to get there from astoria, so I'll probably be a little late. Also, fries probably would be gross after such a long trip, so I'll pick up a bottle of wine on the way. Michelle, will you have plastic cups?

    August 31, 2014

    • Clare

      I have plastic cups

      August 31, 2014

  • Michelle

    Ok guys I'm still a little drunk from last night lol moving snail slow if you get there before me go to the picnic tables

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Aaron M.

    http://thevodkaparty.com/food/lets-eat-outdoors-mid-50s/

    Garlic Cheese Bread, Burgers, and some beer

    August 28, 2014

    • Aaron M.

      Biscuits didn't work, switching to hamburger buns

      August 31, 2014

    • Aaron M.

      Also bringing chips and water

      August 31, 2014

  • Michelle

    Playing catch up on the comments..... I will bring plates and plastic utensils for people. If you want to bring spare utensils and plates you are welcome to. I might be running on the low end of plates, but think we should have enough.

    August 31, 2014

    • Michelle

      If you have grilling utensils please bring that...I only have a small set of tongs and a spatula

      August 31, 2014

    • Karen C.

      Ok

      August 31, 2014

  • Clare

    Hi, Greg and I will bring Barbequed Vegetables. Do we need utensils too? We can bring them.

    August 29, 2014

    • Clare

      Utensils for everyone, right?

      August 30, 2014

    • Michelle

      No I have a lot of forks i just don't really have grilling utensils, don't get to grill often. I have some tongs and a spatula that I will bring :-)

      August 31, 2014

  • Michelle

    Hey guys we are just meeting at pier 5 text me when you get there. I have never been to this park, so I can't give any landmarks yet. I;ll post when I get there as well.

    August 31, 2014

    • Michelle

      I am going to try to walk over to the picnic tables if that helps anyone.

      August 31, 2014

    • Michelle

      I also edited the meet up map, see you all soon!

      August 31, 2014

  • Clare

    Hi again, when we get there, how can I find you guys in the middle of the park?

    August 30, 2014

  • Michelle

    I'm doing the hot dogs n cheese, and pop's potato salad. Will bring a drink too but haven't decided on what yet. Does anyone have charcoal, not sure if we need to bring our own?

    August 17, 2014

    • Shirin

      Going to get matches and the charcoal with lighter fluid already in it--easy light stuff.

      August 31, 2014

    • Michelle

      awesome thanks Shirin, I didn't know they made extra convenient charcoal

      August 31, 2014

  • Karen C.

    Let me know where to find you guys. [masked]

    August 31, 2014

    • Michelle

      i am sending you my number on the new meet up messenger

      August 31, 2014

  • Karen C.

    Nope no ribs... Chicken.

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Karen C.

    Hey Michelle I was thinking ribs!

    August 31, 2014

  • Michelle

    sent my number let me know if you didn't get it

    August 31, 2014

  • Justin

    What's the rain policy? I don't want to eat a whole pan of magic cookies (3/4 of a pan bc I already are 1/4)

    1 · August 31, 2014

    • Michelle

      hoping it won't rain

      August 31, 2014

  • Justin

    I'm going to bring a dessert. I think the closest thing that I've seen online the were called magic cookie bars

    August 30, 2014

  • Lucy

    I'll bring fries, most likely sweet potato.

    1 · August 30, 2014

  • Michelle

    Also doing peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, :-)

    1 · August 28, 2014

  • Shirin

    Considering the blue cheese/butter spread with crackers and veggies and oatmeal cookies, will bring some kind of drink, too.

    August 27, 2014

  • Michelle

    Hi Guys, Just a reminder to please post what you will be bringing so that we don't end up with repeats.

    August 27, 2014

  • ariel

    chicken salad and mocktail daiquiri

    August 25, 2014

  • yelena

    Deviled eggz

    August 25, 2014

  • chris

    not sure if i can make it or not, i have charcoal... and a portable charcoal grill

    1 · August 19, 2014

    • Michelle

      Hope you can come Chris, will be a great way to spend a Sunday :-) We are only allowed to use the grills that they have there, but they have nine of so, so we should get one.

      August 21, 2014

  • Shirin

    Sounds like a fun way to celebrate the end of the summer!

    2 · August 12, 2014

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