A Three Course Patio Pairing Menu Made for Summer

I don't know about you, but evenings on the back patio have been a breath of fresh air (literally) while I've been spending more time at home. And while "dining out" has only consisted of "take-out", it has certainly given me all the more reason to get festive with my dinner menu. I've perfected the pairing of my go-to summer recipes with cocktails & wine that can make even the most ordinary occasions feel like a celebration. 

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I love starting a meal with a fresh, crisp salad and a light cocktail such as a gin & tonic. Customize with flavors and fresh herbs such as basil, lime, cucumber, or elderflower which compliment the honey & lemon dressing. This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad has both Parmesan and Burratta cheese in it, so it practically doubles as the cheese starter course, too!

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Pasta Salad & Chardonnay

This Broccoli Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad is an equally delicious mix of light and decadent, much like a chilled, buttery glass of Chardonnay. This second course is a nice in-between the salad and the main, giving you the chance to savor and sip slowly while enjoying the long summer evening.  

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Sausage Stuffed Artichokes & Red Wine

For the grand finale, enjoy these meaty, savory Sausage Stuffed Artichokes that are even better when paired with a glass of rich red wine. Choose your favorite (Pinot Noir anyone?) and end the night with this satisfying course- you won't even need dessert!

Cheers to an evening "out", even if just out on the back patio! Share your favorite pairings with us on social media. 

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Diana McClean
Growing up on California's central coast, I enjoyed delicious artichokes around the family dinner table and always on Christmas Eve! It is beyond perfection that I now market artichokes for a living and get to share the Ocean Mist Farms story and my love of all things fresh.
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