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4th of July Picnics From Local Markets

Denver/Boulder markets offer prepared foods to make holiday picnics a breeze

With the 4th of July falling on a Saturday this year, most will be lucky to have even a three-day weekend for the holiday. Why make an already short holiday weekend even shorter by spending hours in the kitchen? There’s no need when you can get these fabulous spreads from local Denver and Boulder markets and restaurants.

Here are eight places to find prepared foods, ingredients, and specials for your 4th of July picnics or cookouts:

17 APR 2012: Will and Coral Frischkorn of Cured during a picnic in Boulder, CO. ©2012 Brett Wilhelm

Photo Credit: Brett Wilhelm ©2012

1. Cured {1825 Pearl Street, Boulder; 720.389.8096}
The picnic baskets are ready and waiting, with options ranging in size and price, from “The Stolen Hour” ($40) for “two escapees looking to savor a few moments” with cheese, salami, house fig jam, crackers, and Poco Dolce chocolate, to “The Proper Picnic” ($100) for “two whimsical souls searching for authenticity,” including cheese, meats, a baguette, Frasca’s red pepper jelly, local pickled veggies, house olives, Marcona almonds, an apple, and a bar of Mast Brother chocolate (returnable vintage picnic basket included). Other options include the Backcountry Picnic and The Red Rocks Box.

17 APR 2012: Will and Coral Frischkorn of Cured during a picnic in Boulder, CO. ©2012 Brett Wilhelm

Photo Credit: Brett Wilhelm ©2012

2. Mercantile Dining & Provision {1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver; 720.460.3773}
Mercantile is offering a grab-and-go picnic bag for 4th of July with two sandwich options: Veggie or Prosciutto with Confit Tomato. Each bag comes with Colorado Quinoa Salad, a Sea Salt Brownie, and a Box of Water for $20. You can also create your own picnic from their European-style market. They offer sandwiches like a Bánh Mì and Braised Short Rib that you can pair with unique sides like truffled kettle chips and fried dill pickles. Round out your picnic with cookies, pastries, and gourmet candies–like pork skin almond brittle–from the sweets counter.

 Photo Credit: McCall Burau Photography

Photo Credit: McCall Burau Photography

3. Butcher’s Bistro {2233 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.296.2750}
This Ballpark neighborhood spot offers great picnic options. Everything on the lunch and dinner menus is fair game for takeout, and the Butcher’s case offers a delicious selection of housemade charcuterie.

The house olives and charcuterie platter which includes a selection of housemade ham, mortadella, pastrami and pate are perfect appetizers to share.  Sandwiches are a good portable option. Choose from items like the Banh Mi, Muffaletta, or the Smoked BBQ Chicken.


Photo Credit: Marczyk’s

4. Marczyck Fine Foods {multiple locations}
Choose from grab-and-go or made-to-order sandwich options–you really can’t go wrong since they’re all filled with housemade condiments and local, fresh ingredients. Try the Antipasto with Molinari fennel salami, rosemary ham, shaved Italian cheese, and arugula on fresh-baked ciabatta; or the Local with roasted green chiles, roasted chicken, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, pepper Jack, and Sriracha mayo on ciabatta. Marczyck’s also carries delicious sides like Pete’s Mom’s Potato Salad or Barb’s Sister Mamie’s Mac and Cheese. Although ice cream might not be the ideal picnic food, a pint of Marczyck Bros. ice cream is a must!


5. Blackbelly Market {1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder; 303.247.1000}
Blackbelly is closed on the 4th, but can stock up before Saturday with sandwiches and salads for a picnic; or housemade hot dogs, sausages, and barbecue pulled pork by the pound for your cookout. Fill the picnic basket with items like their Lamb Meatball Grinder or Bologna Sandwiches. All the meats are prepared in-house and the bread is fresh from local bakeries. Add a pint of Zesty Slaw or Marinated Olives and a slice of Evelyn’s Famous Carrot Cake and head out to enjoy the Colorado sunshine. Pre-orders for the 4th are suggested, and your last chance to pick up is Friday afternoon!


6. The Corner Office {1401 Curis Street, Denver; 303.825.6500}
For just $40, score a takeout picnic basket that serves three to four to enjoy while you watch the fireworks. The Corner Office loads up the basket with House-Smoked Beef Brisket, Coleslaw, Cornbread, House Baked Beans, and Old School Sodas that come in grape, orange, black cherry, ginger ale, cream, and root beer (choose four). If this is an adult picnic, bring booze and picnic-friendly glassware to mix up decadent Old School Soda cocktails.

And for dessert…

Second Home Pie

7. Second Home Kitchen {150 Clayton Lane, Denver; 303.253.3000}
Few things are more American than a fresh baked pie featuring fresh fruit. But making one takes some forethought–you’ve got to make the crust, chill it, find local berries, make the filling, bake the whole thing … sound like too much work for a holiday weekend? Let the Second Home chefs do the work for you and pick up a whole apple, cherry, or Key lime pie for just $30 to enjoy on the 4th. If you’re enjoying at home, don’t forget the vanilla ice cream to enjoy à la mode.

Robin Chocolates


8. Robin Chocolates {600 South Airport Road, Longmont}
This award-winning artisan chocolate maker recently added a line of chocolate bars in six new flavors that would make a perfect finish to any picnic. Made from sustainably harvested cocoa and all-natural ingredients, the single origin dark chocolate comes in four varieties: California raisins, 100-percent Kona coffee, Montmorencey dried tart cherries, or orange peel. Prefer milk? Robin Chocolates also offers Caramelia with toasted almonds and strong notes of caramel and the Dulcey Blond with crunchy wheat puff pearls.

By Lauren Issaeff | Contributing Writer