5 Places to Elevate Your Picnic


Summertime in Wisconsin means enjoying as many picnics as possible! And, as luck would have it, the Waukesha Pewaukee area has some fabulous local places that offer perfect picnic-worthy options.

The next time you want to eat outside under the sun, do it! Check out these five local spots that make tasty food from scratch—and from the heart.

The Charcuterie House


When you’re in Waukesha, give The Charcuterie House a try. This eatery offers ideal picnic fare, charcuterie boards packed with a variety of meats and cheeses, dried fruits, nuts, crackers, and honey. You can pop in after 11 a.m. to pick up a pre-made board ready to be savored that day. They also have customized boards, but they need to be pre-ordered one business day before you need them.

Rochester Deli

Since 2004, the award-winning Rochester Deli has created delicious deli sandwiches, like a classic Rueben, egg salad, club, and BLT. Want a wrap? They have many, including a Greek chicken or a Tuscan veggie wrap. Maybe a panini… the apple cheese, Wellington, and chicken Parmigiana hit the spot. If you’re in the mood for a salad, try the California, the chicken Caesar, or the Cobb salad. There’s something for everyone!

The Steaming Cup


If a picnic for breakfast is your thing, the Steaming Cup in the historic Nickell building in downtown Waukesha is for you. You’ll love their wide array of hot, cold, and blended drinks, including coffees, spritzers, and frappes. The Breakfast Sammy, Belgian Waffle, and the ham and cheese quiche are fantastic entrée options for a morning meal. If you miss breakfast, no worries. They are open for lunch, too!

Bo's Schnitzelbunker

Bo's Schnitzelbunker

Bo’s Schnitzelbunker in Pewaukee, recently featured in Midwest Living, is a walk-up window offering all kinds of German delicacies. Mat Myga, who was raised in Germany and transplanted to Wisconsin, has enjoyed carry-out success with some help from his mom, Mama Bo, and her top-secret recipes. Try their outstanding schnitzels, sausages, curry wurst, and pretzels. Don’t forget the homemade sauerkraut and potato salad.

Good Harvest Market


Good Harvest Market is Waukesha County’s largest natural food store, specializing in organic, local, and gluten-free foods. It’s a perfect place to shop for tasty options to pack up for your picnic. If you’d rather order food to pick up, Hop Harvest & Vine, connected to Good Harvest, has healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch options to choose from.