Visit one of these Denver markets to get all the fixings for an elaborate picnic
Cook’s Fresh Market. This brightly illuminated emporium flaunts a fresh salad bar, an eye-catching deli case displaying more than 40 seasonal dishes, desserts, and a gracious staff that will assemble your goodies at lightning speed. 8000 E. Belleview Ave.; 303/741-4148.
Marczyk Fine Foods. The sandwiches alone are worth a stop at this market and wine shop favored by local chefs. Daily soup specials like gazpacho pair perfectly with a crunchy baguette hugging Black Forest ham, butter, and brie. 770 E. 17th Ave.; 303/894-9499.
Parisi. A Berkeley Park standout, this lovely Italian deli touts savory foodstuffs like antipasti, housemade mozzarella balls, octopus salad, and grill-pressed sandwiches overflowing with high-quality Italian meats and cheeses. For a sweet finale, pack a pair of cannoli. Closed Sun. 4401 Tennyson St.; 303/561-0234.
Tony’s Meats & Specialty Foods. These sparkling marketplaces (three Denver locations) turn out huge sandwiches and wraps touting Boar’s Head cold cuts, myriad deli dishes―including a terrific truffled pasta salad—superb breads, and rich desserts. 4991 E. Dry Creek Rd.; 303/770-7024.
The Truffle. Boasting the best artisan cheese selection in the city, owners David and Kate Kaufman are happy to partner your flavor of choice with an elegant array of pâtés, crackers, olives, nuts, dried fruits, and, of course, chocolate truffles. Closed Sun. 2906 E. Sixth Ave.; 303/322-7363.