Posted by: Kath Usitalo | May 28, 2010

Pick Up A No Fuss Picnic

Crusty rolls and breads fresh from the oven at Pereddie's

If I were anywhere near Holland and planning a day at the Lake Michigan beach this Memorial Day Weekend I’d first head to Pereddies to pick up picnic fixin’s for a gourmet feast with no fuss.

To market, to deli, to bakery, to dining room...

Located in the Washington Square area of town since 1982, Pereddies is part imported foods market, part deli, part bar, and part white table cloth dining.

It’s a one-stop shop for imported Italian groceries and olive oils, biscotti, prosciutto, cappicola, cheeses, olives, house-baked breads, freshly made salads, and beer and wine.

You can order a carryout from the menu, too, but the bar and dining rooms are so pretty you might want to skip the picnic or return to Pereddies to enjoy the ambiance of the twinkling lights and splashing water of the fountain with your choice of Italian specialties.

A cooler full of picnic possibilities

This picnic season think outside of the KFC bucket. Fill your cooler with ice and head to a local deli or market for your next picnic.

Here are a few other similar shops we’ve tried; please share your favorites so we can check them out when we’re in the area!

Ann Arbor: Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Hancock: Keweenaw Co-op

Holland: Pereddies

Traverse City: Folgarelli’s Market & Wine Shop

Visitor Info Clicks:

Famous for its sandy beach and the lighthouse nicknamed “Big Red,” Holland State Park consists of units on both Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. Daily or annual vehicle permit required.

Michigan's Holland tunnel leads to a Lake Michigan beach

The Ottawa Township Tunnel Park is known for its wonderful beach and unusual feature: a pedestrian tunnel from the picnic and play area through the sand dune to the waterfront. The children’s playground has its own dune climb! Motor vehicle fee required.

For travel info: check out the Holland area.

One of the dining areas at Pereddies



  1. You have such a FUN job, Kath! I’d like to do something like this when I grow up….meeting interesting folks, eating at cool places, seeing and experiencing unique adventures….thanx for taking me along! 🙂

  2. I would so like to have a loaf of that bread right now. So like to… Alas. Looks like mouth-watering yeasty goodness.

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