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Sources for not-your-average picnic food in the East Bay?

HannahEats | Mar 6, 201510:11 AM

Hey everyone, I would love some help finding some food options for my twin's first birthday party. We'll be having it at a local park in Oakland or in our backyard and my In-laws are suggesting the typical picnic food fare, hot dog, chips, etc.

But I would like to kinda fancy it up a little bit even though yes, I know, they're babies and they couldn't care less. 1st birthdays tend to be kind of a big deal in Korean tradition, so I would like to make it a little bit more special than the usual picnic fare.

To give an example, the last picnic I went to (pre-babies, when I used to have nothing but time on my hands...) I brought shaved brussels sprouts salad with pecorino and portobello mushroom fries. But with two babies running around, I don't think I have it in me to make food for 50+ people.

I know there are delis where I can get the usual stuff like pasta salad, but is there is a source where I could get maybe slightly more gourmet-ish food to feed dozens of people? We thought about catering but it seems like an expensive option, although I'm open to that as well.

Any help would be SO appreciated! Thank you!

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