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The whole shebang
Deer Valley, Jackson Hole and Sundance Resort are Rocky Mountain destinations where we’ve enjoyed summer symphony concerts. On a shoestring, bring a denim patchwork quilt, a basket of special picnic fare, coolers, spritzers and stake out your place on the lawn. It’s relaxing to enjoy pre-concert conversation and warm evening mountain air with Italian Pressed Sandwiches, fresh Fruit Kabobs, Rustic Orzo Salad and dusted Coconut Key Lime Bars.
Notice cricket chirping, breezes ruffling trees and even a bug or ant nosing around your blanket crumbs. As nature’s light lowers darkening our big sky theater the moon creeps over craggy peaks. Fire flies sprint and dart through warm summer air. When you’ve nibbled away the basket of hand prepped fare, chatter and laughter make way for the opening number. The magical outdoor symphony sparkles with music. I’ll never forget the closing piece for one such concert, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The full deck of live cannons capped the evening with a literally explosive finale, smoke and acrid smell included. You won’t find that finish at the Kennedy Center.
Monday, June 16, 2014 – Don’t worry if your sandwiches get smashed. These Italian Pressed Sandwiches travel well and have an elegant touch with meats and cheese, olives and peppers.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – Keeping power for a warm summer picnic, this no-mayo Rustic Orzo Salad has a bright lemon vinaigrette dressing with grape tomatoes, kalamatas, capers, and salty feta.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – Thread fresh cut fruit on bamboo skewers for fancy servings of colorful fruit. Concerts goers can enjoy nibbling juicy Fruit Kabobs out of hand.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 – Go tropical with Coconut Key Lime Bars cut in easy to serve squares. The sweet coconut balances the pucker power in this gourmet version of the bake sale original, Lemon Bars.
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Summer Concert Picnic
Written by Helen Horton
Recipe Tester for the Washington Post
Photographs and Styling by Helen Horton
Updated: June 6, 2014