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Fall Picnic @ Dorchester Heights Monument in Southie

0 Comments 18 October 2011

By Hairee Lee

Sunset from Dorchester Heights Monument

When I think Southie, I think of Matt Damon’s character in Good Will Hunting, abused and scared and brilliant, I think of The Town with Ben Affleck back in Southie, but smarter and rougher than his character in the former film. I think of Mystic River, which makes me think of Clint Eastwood, which makes me think of Dirty Harry. The whole romance surrounding South Boston or Southie is that it’s rough, redolent of a violent history.

Melissa‘s been trying to get us to head over to her hood for a picnic since summer. Something about a great view and a pretty park.

Summer flew by and it’s fall. Finally, we make it over to South Boston where Melissa lives and we see for ourselves the great view and the very pretty park full of happy canines romping on the lushest grass since my sister’s backyard’s.

And that lawn seems like a contradiction: when I think Southie, I think of Matt Damon’s character in Good Will Hunting, abused and scared and brilliant, I think of The Town with Ben Affleck back in Southie, but smarter and rougher than his character in the former film. I think of Mystic River, which makes me think of Clint Eastwood, which makes me think of Dirty Harry. The whole romance surrounding South Boston or Southie is that it’s rough, redolent of violent history.

What in the world would Dinner Series do in South Boston? With our cheese knives and hand blown glassware? Enjoy the gentrified Southie–a Southie, for instance, that has a gourmet food store much like those commonly seen in Harvardian Cambridge and Longwood medical peopled Brookline.

Dorchester Heights Monument in South Boston. Dogs and their owners enjoying the mild fall day.

Set atop the most elevated part of South Boston rises the phallic Dorchester Heights Monument. By the time we get to the park surrounding the monument, the sun is hovering above the horizon and has that chromatic quality of saturated yellow I love so much about this time of the day.

What in the world would Dinner Series do in South Boston? With our cheese knives and hand blown glassware? Enjoy the gentrified Southie, a Southie, for instance, that has a gourmet food store much like those commonly seen in Harvardian Cambridge and Longwood medical peopled Brookline.

After picking up a couple of cheeses, thinly sliced cured meat, a baguette at American Provisions and cider from a neighboring grocery store, we lay out a picnic simple picnic and watch the sunset.

Brahms Mount Patterned Linen and Cotton Blend Day Blanket in solara and Simon Pearce Norwich Beakers

Simon Pearce Norwich Beaker filled with cider atop Brahms Mount Patterned Linen and Cotton Blend Day Blanket in solara

Cheeses and meat on the J.K. Adams Artisan Mirror Board with Sabre Natura Cheese Knife in purple and Sabre Natura Butter Spreader in purple

Baguette on the Libeco Home Vence linen napkin in Spice

I’ve never been to this part of Boston before. Always talking about how small the city is, I’m surprised and charmed by the San Franciscan undulating city-scape of Southie. I had no idea Boston had something like this and inclined to wonder what other parts of this city that’s worth exploring.

Cheers! My first apple cider of the season with Melissa and Kristina

Sipping apple cider from Simon Pearce Norwich Beaker

The Picnic-ers at Dorchester Heights Monument Park

(Left to right) Kristina, Melissa, Hairee, and Pete


Our American Provisions

Our provisions for the picnic came from American Provisions a gourmet food shop in South Boston. Owned and operated by Matt and Andy, Andy chose two Vermont cheeses on our behalf, paired it with some sopressata, Italian cured dried salami, and a french style baguette. The Massachusetts cider was picked up from a Stop & Shop.

Sopressata from American Provisions on the Brahms Mount Patterned Linen and Cotton Blend Day Blanket in solara

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar served on the J.K. Adams Artisan Mirror Board using the Sabre Natura Cheese Knife in purple

Lake’s Edge goat’s milk cheese has a much softer texture, ideal for serving with the Sabre Natura Butter Spreader rather than a semi-hard/hard cheese knife

Andy even provided us with an information sheet on the cheeses. You can read about the cheeses below. They were both delicious. Some us weren’t so keen about the line of ash that runs through the center of the goat’s milk cheese, but I really enjoyed it.

Cheese descriptions from American Provisions

If you’re in the neighborhood, I recommend visiting American Provisions. It’s full of yummy stuff and their service is top notch.

Inside American Provisions

Photographs by Nate Brescia

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