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BITS + BITES

PHOTOGRAPHS: SPROUTCRAFT, EMILY HARA; SANTA BARBARA PICNIC CO., MIRANA KELTON; LITTLE DOOR, MEGAN SOREL

Picnic in Paradise

SANTA BARBARA PICNIC CO. takes the stress out of your next special

occasion, offering pop-up picnic services that have you covered in style. For this ideal outdoor luxury social experience, owner Nicole Leza does all of the work for you so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy your gathering. Pick between iconic local spots such as the Mission Rose Garden, Leadbetter Beach, Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, or even your own backyard. Think layered bohemian rugs and pillows, macramé-fringed umbrellas, wooden crates topped with almost too-pretty-to-eat grazing boards, floral arrangements, and a chalkboard with your custom message. Says Leza: “I wanted to create an event service that wasn’t overly complicated but something special for friends and family to enjoy for a date, birthday, celebration, or just because.” G I A N A L E Ó N SANTABARBARAP ICNICCO . C O M

Grab + Go

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Organic, cold-pressed, and locally sourced strawberry-pineappletangerine Pixie Dust ($10, cijuice.co) from CHANNEL ISLANDS JUICE .

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Anne and Ali Altamirano, mother/ daughter duo behind MESA SALSA CO. , offer mild, medium, and hot variations of their 100 perfect natural salsas (from $5.99, mesasalsa.com).

For rosé lovers,

FIRESTONE WALKER ’s

Rosalie ($9.99/six pack, firestonebeer.com) is cofermented with local grapes for a one-of-akind beer.

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5 SPROUTCRAFT ’s dairy-

free cheeses (from $10,

sproutcraftcreamery.com)

have the smell, taste, and texture of traditional cheese but are made with cashew milk and other organic flavors using traditional cheesemaking techniques. S A N TA B A R B A R A

Enjoy a fully loaded picnic basket from THE LITTLE DOOR (check for seasonal availability, thelittledoorsb.com) on the courthouse lawn or at the beach.


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