Test Your Eat-Q: Picnics

The temperature is ticking upward and the sun is lingering a little longer—we couldn't be happier. The season of picnicking—one of James Beard's favorite ways to dine—has arrived at last. Before you head out with your basket and sunscreen, see if you can answer the following question: Which popular outdoor food is the least likely to spoil in the sun?

A. Hamburger B. Egg salad C. Grilled chicken D. Hot dog

Find out if you have the correct answer, and learn some other fun facts about outdoor dining while you're at it.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Beard

Beard at his desk If alive today, Jim Beard would be celebrating his 106th birthday. We’re more than happy to carry on the celebration, and the excitement of the annual Beard Awards makes for a pretty great birthday party. As a child Beard would always celebrate his special day with an enormous picnic at the Oaks, a Portland amusement park. There were tongue and ham sandwiches, salads, and relishes, and a giant coconut cake. In Beard’s memoir he proclaimed these outings “the most successful birthday party of the whole year, because of the good food and the excitement of the park.” Our friends at Culinate.com have written a lovely piece in honor of Beard’s birthday filled with remembrances from a number of Portlanders. Happy Birthday, Mr. Beard Portlanders celebrate James Beard By Kim Carlson May 5, 2009

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