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*** Ultimate Chowdown Bargain - Hundred Hound Picnic - October 4, 2003 11am-4pm ***

The Picnic Hounds | Aug 28, 200302:08 PM

Where can you taste the wealth of the Bay Area – up to 100 personal homemade favorites and top restaurant and take-out hits for only $30? Where might you find the best Vietnamese bahn-mi side-by-side with the most delicious paella or most luscious tamales? As well as participate in a tasting of the finest apples and apple goodies of the season?

Only at the Chowing with the Hounds picnic feast. Come and meet your old and new chowfriends, and partake of the ultimate chowdown of the year. But register soon! Spaces are limited to 100 hungry Hounds!

When: Saturday October 4, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Golden Gate Park. The exact site location and directions will be e-mailed upon payment.

Why: To raise money for, ensuring the survival and quality of our quest for hyperdeliciousness.

More Details: Registration is open, but filling fast. Just click on the link below.

The cost is a $30 donation per adult. One child under 12 is free for each paid adult admission. Everyone will get to share in the potluck of Chowhounds’ favorite foods, participate in a tasting event, view cooking demonstrations, plus enjoy nonalcoholic drinks. The cost also covers our park fees, etc. After costs, all the remaining money will go to a Goodwill contribution to our favorite site.

Here are the activities planned so far:

Food Contest

Each adult is asked to bring a dish to share with others. These can be either favorite take-out/restaurant items or made especially by the contributing Hound. Then everyone will vote for the most delectable of the delectables. Certificates will be awarded for achievement in the following categories: appetizer, entrée, side dish (vegetable or salad), bread (includes pizza & sandwich), and dessert. Additionally, prizes will be awarded for the overall favorite entry and best store-bought discovery.


Chowing with the Hounds’ picnic feast would not be complete without a tasting to puzzle the taste buds. This year we’ll learn about apples by sampling a wide variety.

Food Demonstration

We're still working getting permission from GGP, so I can't say too much...ok, maybe a has to do with heat, smoke and pig.


We’re once again creating a cookbook and we would love to include the recipe for the dish you bring. Every hound that attends the picnic will receive an electronic copy of the cookbook. It will include recipes from both this and last year’s picnics. (We’ll also compile and distribute the list of purchased food and where you can get them!)

What to Bring

· Food: A shared dish to feed 20. If you don’t know what to make or don’t have time, you are welcome to bring prepared foods from your favorite outlet. The barbecue from down the street, the bread from the bakery across town, the ice cream from your favorite parlor, whatever. Your dish will automatically be entered in The Food Contest. See registration form for sign ups.

· Equipment/Supplies needed for your dish: Bring serving utensils for your dish. If you need special equipment, please bring it. For example, coals, lighter fluid and tongs if you wish to barbecue.

· Personal Picnic Supplies: Bring the following items for yourself: plate, bowl, cutlery, napkins, cup/glass/drinking container. You may bring wine and/or beer (hard liquors are not allowed in the park). You may also wish to bring a blanket and/or a chair.

· Your volunteering spirit: We need every Chowhound to volunteer for an assignment to help with the picnic. With all pitching in, each person’s task will be minimal. See registration for sign ups.

Let’s gather and chow!



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