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About Us

THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR YOU

Life can get pretty hectic. But when it’s picnic time, you’re carving out space for some respite.
Sure, it’s just relaxing and having fun with your friends and family, but those moments?
Those are memories that add up to a life well lived.

PICNIC TIME: EST 1982

 

OUR WHY

To create products that inspire friends and family to
come together and make lasting memories.

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Our Roots

It all started with Gustavo Cosaro and Mario Tagliati. They survived poverty and stints in orphanages in post-war Italy and these struggles taught them the true value of the freedom to let loose and have a good time. They met working in the dining rooms of cruise ships, but they started their business right here in the picnic capital of the world, sunny Southern California, which we call home to this day.

In 1975, Woodland Hills, Calif., Gustavo and Mario opened “Two Gentlemen from Verona” (Wine + Cheese + Shakespeare? Sure!) Their goal was to provide great wine, quality cheese, and fun, friendly service. As the store grew and expanded its offerings, they started to hear one question more than any other:  “You have all the supplies for a perfect picnic. Do you have a basket we could put this in?”

Our Commitment

Picnic Time had a simple mission: sell traditional European-style picnic baskets that everyone could afford. These days, we sell many, many more products, but each and every one is still designed to bring people together. Everyone on our team is committed to your satisfaction, and we know we must earn the right to your business every day. Making you happy is, like, our whole entire thing.

Years have passed; one generation has succeeded another. In 2016, we were forced to bid adieu to Mario before we were ready. His memory lives on within us. After building careers in the entertainment industry and the restaurant business (respectively of course), sons Paul and Danny have stepped up to lead our team into a very-picnic-filled future.

Nearly 40 years after Picnic Time’s founding; after developing thousands of products, signing major licensing deals, and becoming total big-shots (jk!), we still have one guiding principle: Happiness is spending time and making memories with the people you love most. We make and sell products that enhance your precious leisure time – and make life a picnic!

We know. Two hardworking immigrants, a family business, a storefront growing into a family of brands, a startup from the garage, a second generation carrying the torch… Wow, American dream, much? And we really are living our dream; helping people make happy memories every day. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and make a memory.

PPG has been  a registered dealer for the Picnic Time products for over 14 years

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