Product Giveaway – Fall Picnic Pack Giveaway


Despite the fact that we had snow and freezing rain a couple of weekends back, it really is still fall (or autumn), which is one of my favorite seasons.  After sweltering all summer long and living in trepidation of pop-up thunderstorms, there’s a crispness in the air and brightly-colored trees show off their multi-hued brilliance.  It’s the season of pumpkins, apple cider, fall festivals, and football.  While there’s still some more time to get out there and enjoy this weather before it gets too cold and snowy, I put together a Fall Giveaway Pack featuring some more terrific food finds.

The “Backpack Through Provence” from renowned New York City charcuterie experts Les Trois Petits Cochons was something I first saw at the Fancy Food Show this year in Washington, DC, although it has been out for a bit.  When we talked about how much I enjoyed eating their products, their marketing director offered that this would be a great giveaway item for my readers so that you could get to know them, too.  This sturdy, insulated carryall is filled with their Mousse Truffée, Pâté de Campagne, and Saucisson Sec.  They also throw in a block of soft-aged French cheese, a jar of spicy Dijon mustard, a package of crunchy Petits Toasts, a jar of tangy-tart cornichons, and it comes with a small cutting board, a spreader, and a corkscrew.  There’s ample room to add a bottle of wine or other beverage to the backpack, to complete your meal.

Mousse Truffée (Truffle Mousse) from Les Trois Petits Cochons

I’d seen these products on store shelves, but had never tried them until I went to Brooklyn Uncorked earlier this year.  After patiently waiting my turn behind many other hungry guests, I  reached in and swiped a sample of their Mousse Truffée.  I was struck by its delicacy yet earthiness, the smooth texture of the chicken livers and other ingredients pairing beautifully with the woodsy perfume of the truffles.  The Spinach Terrine with Roquefort Cheese that I tried next almost made me forget that I was eating vegetables at all with its herbal freshness and pungent dairy combination.  Since then, I’ve sampled a few of their pâtés and have enjoyed each one of them for their rustic presentation and hearty flavor combinations, chunks of meat with other ingredients that just lay perfectly on a slice of thick country bread dressed with a slather of their spicy, tangy mustard.

P&H Soda Co. at the New Amsterdam Market

This year, I’ve sampled so many delicious items that I knew that there were some fantastic ones that would work well to fill up those extra spaces in the backpack.  Last week, I profiled P&H Soda Co. and Anton Nocito’s thirst-quenching products.  When I approached him about this giveaway, he said, “Sure, we’ll throw in something.”  After much negotiation, as I was torn about which one to include, Anton convinced me that his popular Cream Syrup was the one that would pair perfectly with all these tastes and textures.  Just mix this with some seltzer water, or other bubbly beverage, and make a vanilla-bean flecked Cream Soda.

Pickled Strawberries from Anarchy in a Jar

Another one of my absolutely favorite delicious discoveries this year, one I really can’t rave enough about, is the jams and spreads from Anarchy in a Jar.  I’d hoped to be able to do a Product Spotlight on Laena, but our respectively hectic schedules haven’t permitted it as yet.  I might end up needing to trail her in the kitchen someday just to see how she makes her magical products.  Don’t let the size of these jars fool you, they are packed with wonder.  Her Pickled Strawberries were the secret ingredient in Steve’s Ice Cream Ricotta and Strawberry, with an extra spoonful added at the bottom of the cone for extra punch.  Her rich, fragrant Wild Blueberry with rum, star anise, and juniper is my new breakfast companion and makes a good start on the day, even if it is a Monday.  Here, too, we discussed what would complement the items in the backpack and decided on her sweet-tart Strawberry Balsamic Jam and her very popular Hot Fireman’s Pear Jam with Chipotle & Cinnamon as the treats to go into this giveaway.

The giveaway items from P&H Soda Co. and Anarchy in a Jar, plus the backpack from Les Trois Petit Cochons

The Rules (There have to be some of these, you know.)

Eligibility: U.S. mainland residents only

To Enter: Write a comment on this post with the answer to the following question: What your favorite thing about the fall season (or autumn, if you prefer)?  Just a note, “watching the Redskins lose every Sunday” does not count as an acceptable response!

You must also have a valid screen name (NOT “Anonymous”) with a corresponding email address to enter this giveaway. I’ll need to be able to click on it in order to contact the winner. If you list “Anonymous” or do not have a valid email address with your comment, you will be disqualified. I do not share these addresses with anyone, and they are only for the purpose of entering this giveaway.

Deadline: Is Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. EST, based upon the date/time stamp on the comments. (I’m going to be very strict about this and make no exceptions.)

The Outcome: Only one winner will be chosen for this entire package of goodies. I’m going to put all the entries into an online Randomizer (like this one) to come up with the winner.

Buon appetito!


  1. Stephanie Kamaruzzaman
    Stephanie Kamaruzzaman11-11-2011

    When the sun shine in a perfect blue sky, I enjoy catching the light and colors with my camera, watching my kids running in the piles of leaves along the street, going back inside for a warm drink (with cookies) at dusk because summer is over.

    • Stephanie Kamaruzzaman
      Stephanie Kamaruzzaman11-11-2011

      I guess “when the sun shines” happens more often…

  2. Shannon Baas
    Shannon Baas11-11-2011

    I love the changing colors on leaves.

  3. Karen Seiger
    Karen Seiger11-11-2011

    My favorite thing is pulling on my perfect Pringle cashmere sweater from a thrift store in San Diego, and walking to the Greenmarket to buy a butternut squash to make the first soup of the season. :)

  4. Paige

    Fall feasts, of course! An abundance of food shared among friends is never a bad thing.

  5. Jemmy

    Autumn is my favorite season. Brisk chilly air, vibrant leaves crunching under foot and hot homemade soup!

  6. Rebecca Graham
    Rebecca Graham11-12-2011

    I like the red leaves on the trees and the cooler temps.

  7. debbie

    I love the smell of the leaves when they change colors. I love getting fresh apples from our local farmers at the farmers market. I like being able to bake all the fall treats.

  8. Greg

    I love being able to enjoy the bounty of the harvest at farmer’s markets, not only because of my appetite for the particular produce in-season but also the decrease in crowds. I find it interesting to see and hear about what the farmers, growers, and producers do to survive the off-season.

  9. tracy davis
    tracy davis11-12-2011

    I love when the leaves change color

  10. Mary Calabrese
    Mary Calabrese11-12-2011

    I love that it’s time for pumpkin pie and the fact that my husband won’t eat it so it’s all mine!!! Hey, pumpkin pie is healthy for you, right???

  11. Deborah Rosen
    Deborah Rosen11-12-2011

    My favorite thing about the fall is the harvest – fresh apples, pears, pumpkins, winter squashes, brussel sprouts…and finding new, inventive ways to cook them.

  12. Robin

    It has to be all the pretty fall colors

  13. Amanda

    My favorite thing about fall is all the beautiful colors! We don’t have a lot of reds, oranges, and yellows where I live, but on the trees that we do, I can’t help myself and snap a picture or two!

  14. Monique Rizzo
    Monique Rizzo11-12-2011

    I love baking with my daughter and a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
    Thanks for the chance.

  15. ky2here

    I have significant seasonal and pollen allergies so my favorite part of autumn is after the first hard freeze. I can breathe easily and the air is so clear – no smog and visibility is perfect.

  16. Diane F
    Diane F11-12-2011

    I love the cool crisp air and making warm comfort food like soup to warm us up.

  17. Shilo Beedy
    Shilo Beedy11-13-2011

    My favorite part of fall is seeing all the beautiful colored leaves, baking, and eating homemade stuffing.

  18. Kerri M
    Kerri M11-13-2011

    I love the way the rain makes everything smell so fresh and earthy. I love snuggling on the couch with a blanket with my husband, drinking a glass of wine and listening to the rain outside.

  19. Brittney House
    Brittney House11-13-2011

    I love the fall fashions. I love cardigans and leggings.

  20. Valerie Taylor Mabrey
    Valerie Taylor Mabrey11-13-2011

    I love fall for walking in the woods when the breeze is moving through the leaves. Nothing better than seeing squirrels hurrying bearing nuts that they will mostly forget where they are come winter.( I feel like a squirrel myself some days) ;0)
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  21. Christine Sarkauskas
    Christine Sarkauskas11-14-2011

    I love the leaves changing, the cooler wearing ( not too cold) and my birthday :)


  22. amy deeter
    amy deeter11-14-2011

    leaves changing

  23. Kristen M
    Kristen M11-14-2011

    My favorite thing about autumn is looking forward to the holidays and getting cuddled up at home under blankets. Oh, and drinking hot tea again!
    blue65829 at aol dot com

  24. Danica

    Fall is my favorite season. Always has been. There is just something about the cooler weather, but not so cold that you freeze your bum off and the color on all of the trees. It is a beautiful season to behold! I got married in October for the sole purpose of having my backdrop be the mountains with all of the trees in their colorful glory. It was amazing!

  25. Debra Hall
    Debra Hall11-14-2011

    Baking bread while watching the first snowfall of the year

  26. Sarah

    My favorite part of fall season is the tree leaves changing colors. And making hot coco and reading next to a crackling fire.

  27. Christine

    I love raking leaves

  28. melissa Resnick
    melissa Resnick11-14-2011

    this is our fav season, its the best time of the year for horse shows

  29. Diane Baum
    Diane Baum11-14-2011

    My favorite part of the fall season in addition to it’s beauty of its falling leaves, is piling the entire family into the car for a day at the Michigan apple orchards. We have a great time enjoying the nature, picking apples, going on a hay ride, sipping fresh cider and snacking on hot donuts!

  30. Gale

    My favorite thing about fall here in Texas is that it’s cool enough for the kids to play outside, for me to work in the garden, and everything greens up like spring, except the leaves, which began to change colors.

  31. Gale

    My favorite thing about fall here in Texas is that it’s cool enough for the kids to play outside, for me to work in the garden, and everything greens up like spring, except the leaves, which began to change colors.

    (I’m not trying to post twice but the capcha’s causing problems…not sure if this posted.)

  32. Tonya Froemel
    Tonya Froemel11-14-2011

    My favorite thing about fall in Wisconsin is the cool air and the beautiful leaves (while they last!). I also love the end of hot sticky weather so I can turn of the freezing AC in my office and also that my kids go back to school.

  33. Stephanie Showalter
    Stephanie Showalter11-14-2011

    I love the smell of burning leaves. For some reason, it just brings me back to childhood when I didn’t have to worry about paying bills or buying Christmas presents!

  34. wendy wallach
    wendy wallach11-15-2011

    What I love about fall is hat I look forward to celebrating both my own and my daughters birthdays in November! Birthdays in my family are very special and we tend to go all out with gifts and fancy dinners!

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  35. Renee Richardson
    Renee Richardson11-15-2011

    My favorite thing is the smell. The air is just different, crisp and fresh. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  36. Sand

    My favorite thing is the weather changing and all the autumnal fruits and vegetables available. Getting together with family and friends over lovely dinners!

  37. ferriz

    it would be leaves changing, cept that doesnt happy in california. gotta go with pumpkin ANYTHING!

  38. Karen Gonyea
    Karen Gonyea11-15-2011

    I love the sound of the fallen dry leaves crunching on a nice walk on a crisp autumn afternoon :)

  39. Roxann

    My favorite thing about fall is going apple picking and baking fresh apple cakes and pies. You get the best apples in the fall.

  40. susan smoaks
    susan smoaks11-15-2011

    my favorite thing about the fall season is cooler weather

  41. Megan Sutliff
    Megan Sutliff11-15-2011

    My favorite thing about Fall is all of the pumpkin spice smells, and Fall coffee flavors!

  42. Ashley H.
    Ashley H.11-15-2011

    I love playing in the leaves with my dog.

  43. Jessica Kaufman
    Jessica Kaufman11-15-2011

    My favorite time of Fall will be next week. When I wake up to the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade while preparing my dinner feast. My husband and I will watch the Cowboys in the afternoon. (Hopefully win) Well set up the Christmas tree then I spend my evening preparing my shopping list for Black Friday. Like clockwork this happens every year and gives me the greatest joy.

  44. Sara

    I love fall for so many reasons; watching my little boy play in the fallen leaves, the smell of fresh, crisp air, how lovely the leaves are as they display their majestic colors, picking apples at the orchard with my family and then enjoying the delicious payoff, and enjoying picnics when the weather allows. While I enjoy these things, I cuddle a little closer to my husband and try to savor the moments.

  45. Tasa

    My Birthday, changing colors of the leaves, and every edible thing with pumpkin!!

  46. Melissa Joy
    Melissa Joy11-15-2011

    I love the leaves changing and knowing that Christmas is coming. I live in the desert now so mostly I love the change in the weather…..we have crazy hot summers. I work at an orphanage and in the fall the kids play out side so much more and we go on lots of little adventures.

  47. Jodi Trinklein
    Jodi Trinklein11-15-2011

    I love the beautiful colors and all the fun fall flavors, especially pumpkin spice!!!

  48. Kim O'Hanlon
    Kim O'Hanlon11-15-2011

    My favorite thing about fall are clear, crisp mornings – when the sky is bright blue, the sun is shining, the air is just a little too cold. It really helps to wake you up! Thanks!

  49. Kasey Ball
    Kasey Ball11-15-2011

    My favourite thing is sitting with a mug of hot chocolate in front of the fire. i miss it in summer and spring.

  50. Kelly D
    Kelly D11-15-2011

    My favorite thing about this season is the leaves changing colors and looking forward to the holidays.

  51. Michelle H
    Michelle H11-15-2011

    Fresh apple cider and jumping in leaves with the kids!

  52. Derk Thomas
    Derk Thomas11-15-2011

    I love the changing of the leaves, but not the falling of the leaves. I love the comfortable days, and cool nights where no heating and cooling are necessary.

  53. Frugaluser

    I love watching all the changes … Different plants changing colors, the birds migrating! Such great times to be outside and enjoy the cool weather!

  54. Denise

    Things I love about autumn:
    - Change of color of leaves
    - Apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple picking
    - Crisp weather

  55. Rachel

    I love the changing weather and changing leaves

  56. The Experimental Gourmand
    The Experimental Gourmand11-16-2011

    Thank you for all these terrific comments! This giveaway is now officially closed to new entries as of 12:00 pm EST today. I’ll reach out to the winner and post the results when I have a confirmation response.

  57. Regina

    My favorite thing is walking in the park on a brisk fall morning.
    tarter95 at hotmail dot com

  58. Sue Bunting
    Sue Bunting11-27-2011

    favorite thing about the fall season is decorating for halloween

  59. Amber Laughard
    Amber Laughard01-03-2012

    My favorite thing is when the leaves change colors! <3 But I also like my husband finally turning off the A/C. lol

  60. Ashley Morris
    Ashley Morris01-28-2012

    I love watching the leaves turn colors and picking out pumpkins