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A Brief History of the Picnic

Picnics are a warm-weather classic. Most people picture gingham blankets and hand-woven baskets in the ideal picnic situation, but where did the picnic even come from? Who decided potato salad was a thing?

The origin of picnics track back to the Renaissance. The upper class would go on hunting outings and bring food with them on which they would feast outdoors. In literature from the same time period, Robin Hood and his men dining on simple breads and ales under trees served as a juxtaposition to these elaborate, outdoor dining events.

From there, the Victorian Era brought along a rise in the popularity of the picnic as they became a common social event for the upper echelon of Victorian England society. According to NPR, a popular guidebook for entertaining at the time called Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, named tables, linens, crystals and servants as essentials for a proper picnic.

Times have certainly changed. Gone are the linens and crystal, replaced with contemporary picnic classics like fried chicken, burgers and hot dogs. Today, picnics are held as school events, teambuilding activities or even just as an outing among friends. While the food served may never truly venture away from the hearty grill favorites, more health-conscious picnic-goers have more options than ever before. Chicken and vegetable skewers or grilled fish have become more popular picnic options and simple substitutions like turkey burgers, chicken sausage, whole wheat buns or even lettuce wraps can be great choices so you can enjoy a picnic without thinking about where those calories are going to sit.

Watermelon is a staple of any picnic event and is a great option just as is, but if you’ve never tried a watermelon and feta salad, now is the time to start. You could even throw the watermelon on the grill! Instead of sugary lemonade, try an agua fresca or a fruit infused water as a refreshing beverage.

Now that you have some background on where the picnic came from and a few pointers on throwing your own, be our guest at the picnic event of the semester — Picnic on the Patio on April 28th at Bell Tower Place from 11am-2pm!


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Ready for Picnic on the Patio?

Summer is just around the corner, so it’s only fitting that Bell Tower Place hosts a cookout to celebrate! Join us at Bell Tower Place on Friday, April 28 from 11am-2pm for our Picnic on the Patio special event!


Picnic on the Patio

Date Location Time
April 28, 2017 Bell Tower Place 11am-2pm

Fresh off special dining events like One Miami Special Dinner, Seventh Inning Stretch and last week’s Local Vendor Day, Picnic on the Patio is the latest of the spring dining festivities. Unlike the previous events, Picnic on the Patio is occurring this year during lunch from 11am-2pm, making it the perfect midday meal on April 28.

For those who enjoyed the ballpark food from Martin Dining Hall’s Seventh Inning Stretch, the Picnic on the Patio menu will look, and taste, familiar. The menu features summer favorites like hot dogs, Italian sausage, burgers, veggie burgers, smoked pork sandwiches, fries, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, baked potato salad, and much more. Check out the full menu below!

Swing by Bell Tower Place on Friday, April 28 from 11am-2pm and join us for a cookout just in time for summer!


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Grilling out with Picnic on the Patio

There was cornhole, KanJam, and delicious food at Tuesday’s Picnic on the Patio! Bell Tower Place was busy and buzzing on a beautiful spring day that offered the perfect backdrop for the tasty cookout festivities!

Picnic on the Patio offered a menu featuring all the cookout favorites. We had steak, hot dogs, Italian sausage, burgers, ribs and veggie burgers for the main course. Classics like baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, fruit salad, asparagus and more were served as tasty sides, perfect for a picnic! Ice cream treats were also available to go along with a variety of drink options as well, for those looking to cool off.

Guests had their choice of combos that could be eaten on the Bell Tower patio or could be taken to go in a to-go container, making this our most convenient special dining event yet! For those who did stick around, cornhole was out and ready to play, along with the frisbee-game KanJam!

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Join us at Picnic on the Patio!

The stretch of special dining events continues tomorrow at Bell Tower Place from 4-7:30pm with Picnic on the Patio!

The picnic will feature all of your cookout favorites like steak, ribs, burgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage and more. We will also be offering a variety of sides, drinks and even some ice cream!

This is the perfect, convenient special dinner event for students who are wrapping up their classes and may be heading back home for the evening or those looking to get a taste of summer! Combo meals will be available, starting at $7.25, and food can be taken to-go to better serve your busy lives.

So stop by, let off some steam and enjoy a delicious cookout with us!