The idea of a summer picnic always sounds like a great one, but often results in store bought pasta salad and mediocre sandwiches. That is, unless Dishing Magazine at the helm. Because when they are, magical things ensue. Food for days, cozy benches and Carrie Patterson behind the lens, to name a few. And if you’re looking to host your own fancy picnic, spend some time in the gallery for lots of ideas!


From Dishing Magazine Since we started Dishing way back in 2011, we knew styled dinner party/photo shoots were something we wanted to include in the magazine. Fortunately for us, one of our favoriate photographers, Carrie Patterson, approached us with the idea last summer, which forced us to follow through and make our vision a reality.

Along with Carrie, we conceptualized a classy afternoon picnic on a the banks of Fish Creek in Wilson, Wyoming (part of Jackson Hole). We asked two favorite local chefs, Kevin Humphreys from Spur Restaurant and Bar and Wes Hamilton of Couloir and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, to prepare the simple, tasty menu. Everything they prepared is seasonal and served great at room temperature (key if you are going to take this meal on a picnic).

And while the scenery around Jackson Hole is nothing less then stunning, this all-ladies lunch called for some special touches. Vanessa Flory of Fleur De V and Hunter Gatherer, styled the grassy picnic spot with hay bales covered in sheepskin for sitting, as well as Pendleton blankets, pops of red flower, cloth napkins, vintage silverware and knives from New West Knifeworks and Laguiole knives.

Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography | Floral Design: Fleur De V | Blankets: Pendleton | Chef: Wes Hamilton | Chef: Kevin Humphreys | Décor: Hunter Gatherer | Knives: Laguiole | Production: Dishing Magazine | Silverware: New West Knifeworks