Dining al fresco is one of the great luxuries of life. And while the Europeans may have perfected the art of al fresco, Americans are increasingly adopting the practice.
Walking through the neighborhood near the farmers market on Saturday, it seemed as though every restaurant, coffee shop, and sandwich place has carved out some outdoor dining space. Now that the warm weather has arrived, the sidewalks are crowded with bistro tables and umbrellas, everyone enjoying the experience of dining al fresco.
This summer in Annecy we’ll have many al fresco dinners; the table pictured here is just one of beautiful tables set by us last summer (you can click on the pic for a better view). At my own house, I am fortunate to have a shaded backyard and patio, perfect for outdoor dining, and I use every opportunity to set the table for an outdoor meal. Few experiences bring me greater joy than sitting around the table with good friends, good food, good wine, dining al fresco.
It doesn't matter if you have a patio, a small apartment balcony, a patch of grass, a deck—any outdoor space will do. Plan your menu, gather your friends, uncork the bottles and enjoy one of summer's great pleasures.