Virtual Jazz Brunch No. 4: Charles Mingus

Welcome back to our virtual jazz brunch series, where we help bring great jazz music to your living room.  So far this blog has explored current and historic names from the Chicago jazz scene, but today we’re going to take a brief visit to New York City to profile Charles Mingus, one of the most accomplished and storied bass players ever.  Mingus is famed for his talent as a performer as well as his genius…

The Women of Picnic

Earlier this month we celebrated Women’s History Month with stories of some of our greatest heroes, but as we near the end of month we’d like to share the stories of some women a little closer to home.  Picnic Wine & Provisions is run and managed by some of the most inspiring and hardworking women we’ve ever met and we’d love to introduce them to you. Kirsten What is your hidden talent or fun fact…

Women’s History Month: Stories that Inspire Us

  To celebrate Women’s History Month we’ve asked the wonderful women of Picnic Wine & Provisions to share the stories of the female heroes who have inspired them the most.  When you come into Picnic this month we’d love to hear the stories and women who have inspired you or share more about these women below and what makes their stories so special to us.  Happy Women’s History Month! Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was…

Raffle!

We are raffling an amazing basket worth more than $165 in prize items. The drawing will be held at our tasting on March 11th but you do not have to be present to win.  Purchase tickets in person with a glass of wine, or from the comfort of your home via our online store! Raffle Ticket Prices: $5 for 1 ticket $10 for 3 tickets $15 for 6 tickets $20 for 12 tickets Prizes include:…

Virtual Jazz Brunch No. 3: Nat King Cole

For our first two installments we’ve featured instrumentalists, so today we’ll feature one of the most memorable voices in 20th century jazz and pop music, Nat King Cole.   Although born in Montgomery Alabama, Cole’s family moved to Chicago when he was a young boy, ultimately settling in the Bronzeville neighborhood.   Cole attended the same high school that later, famous singer Sam Cooke would attend.  As a young boy he recalls sneaking out of the…

Virtual Jazz Brunch No. 2: Bobby Lewis

Born in Oshkosh Wisconsin, Bobby Lewis moved to Chicago in 1961 and has been a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene ever since.  There’s little Lewis hasn’t done in his 75 years of playing the trumpet.  In addition to 13 studio albums, his performance credits include playing alongside Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Judy Garland.  In fact, there’s a good chance you’ve heard his silky playing without even…

Virtual Jazz Brunch

Whether it’s the old timey jazz soundtracks of our favorite classic Christmas films, or the cozy feeling you get from cuddling up with a warm cup of hot cocoa or mulled wine in front of the fireplace listening to a relaxing jazz album, many people associate jazz with the holidays.  So, it seems a fitting time for us to relaunch one of our most popular events in a new virtual and safe medium. Welcome to…

Picnic Staff Favorites

One of the many perks of working at Picnic is that there is always something wonderful to sample. Here, staff share some of our favorite products.  Liz Ahearn: “About once a week I like to splurge and make myself a decadent breakfast: farm fresh eggs from Lavender Hill Farms and D’artagnan uncured applewood smoked bacon. I typically toast up some Hewn bread to go with it. I’m also obsessed with Harriet’s Hides, cowhide bags made…

We Love Our Community Partners!

At Picnic, we are leaning into our role as a neighborhood grocer, and we’re thrilled to still be able to offer the same delicious local provisions we have always carried, as well as new offerings. We love carrying fresh bread from Hewn Bakery. Hewn is an independent, woman-owned bakery located in Evanston. At Picnic, you can purchase a loaf of Hewn bread that comes in a delicious variety, including garlic parmesan, potato rosemary, polenta pumpkin seed,…

Non-Alcoholic Beverages at Picnic

Picnic is known for our wide selection of wines, as well as our unique liquors and beers, but did you know that we have a growing number of non-alcoholic options as well? Whether you’re looking to cut down on your quarantine drinking, or you’re sober year-round, we’ve got you covered. DRAM Apothecary is a Colorado based beverage company specializing in hemp and CBD-infused sodas. CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound found in Cannabis plants….