Featuring a Picnic in the Park with Red Scooter Deli

(Almost) the entire PASO & COLONY Magazine Team!
The PASO & COLONY Magazine Production Team:
Denise McLean, Travis Ruppe
Sue Dill, Kevin Kaub
(Kris Fininen was missed!)
After a short break from writing the entrée column in June, I am thrilled to be back sharing the local flavors of Paso! For July, I am diving head first into summer by joining my friends and fellow writers, designers, ad consultants at PASO Magazine…and the brand-new COLONY Magazine…for a family picnic in the beautiful Downtown Paso Robles City Park hosted by our publishers, Nic and Hayley Mattson.

Red Scooter Deli Wrap

A wrap from Red Scooter Deli in Paso Robles.

While planning the day, we knew just the person to contact to ensure a picnic spread to please the entire group – Stephanie Johnston at Red Scooter Deli. Wow – this was the perfect choice! Stephanie and her team put together a bountiful selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and desserts.
“Having all of this delicious food prepared by the Red Scooter team made planning our gathering a breeze!” Hayley said. “It was so nice to order everything online; very convenient. Stephanie followed up with a phone call to confirm and made some suggestions. She really is all about personal service.”
I sat down with our production team – Denise McLean, Lead Graphic Designer; Travis Ruppe, Design, Composition, and Photo Editor; Sue Dill, Lead Art Producer, and our newest team member, Kevin Kaub, Graphic Designer (Kris Finenen, Graphic Designer, was unable to join us) – to get their take on the meal.
Here’s what they had to say…
“The Red Scooter Deli team has outdone themselves!” Denise said. “Each and every item I tried today was fresh and absolutely delicious. There was an abundance of flavor in this spread all the way around.”
Everyone agreed! It was almost as if the Red Scooter Deli team was right there at the park preparing the food for us! And it was so nice to have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options – they really do have something for every dietary need.
Denise’s favorite: Pasta Salad Bowl – with fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, red and green bell pepper, olives, red onion, pepperoncinis, Italian vinaigrette, sweet tomatoes. “The pasta salad was lovingly flavorful; it had great seasoning and a lot of texture. The bell peppers were fresh and crisp, and I liked the combination of all of the ingredients – great mixture and really tasty!”
Kevin’s favorite: Chicken Curry Sandwich – fresh roasted chicken, curry, dried cranberries, celery, green onions, mayo, and spices. “This is delicious! Served on a soft butter croissant, it wasn’t too spicy and it had just enough flavor to make it interesting. I’ve tried something similar elsewhere and found this type of sandwich to sometimes be on the dry side, but this was amazing! I would definitely order it in the future and recommend it to others.”
Sue’s favorite: Veggie Wrap – a vegetarian/vegan option with roasted red pepper hummus, avocado, cucumber, tomato, red onion, mixed greens, shredded carrots, and red bell pepper served with a side of balsamic vinaigrette. “There is all kind of veggies in this and it is so good! It’s light yet filling and something I would eat again. Honestly, everything I tasted today was great. And to have the option to order online and have take-out and delivery…well, anytime I don’t have to cook it’s really wonderful!”
Travis’s favorite: Fruit Salad Bowl – pineapple, strawberries, seasonal melon, grapes, seasonal berries, citrus (varies on seasonal availability). “This offered a great selection of seasonal sweetness that was perfect for a warm summer day. I never pass up a chance to eat fresh blueberries, so I zeroed in on those immediately, and then filled my plate with grapes, melons, pineapple, and more berries. The only downside was knowing I had to leave some fruit at the bottom of the bowl so others could have some too!”
Meagan’s favorite: I liked EVERYTHING! The egg salad sandwich is amazing, and I could eat the salads every day for lunch. Yet, here I am again commenting on the desserts! Those brownies, those cookies – wow! Fresh, soft, house-made goodness! The perfect ending to a delightful summer picnic in the park with friends and family.
Produce from Berry Man, and breads from Hush Harbor, Brian’s Bread, and Edna’s Bakery are delivered daily to Red Scooter Deli. Soups, salads, baked goods, and special orders are prepared fresh in-house daily; vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary options always available.
And don’t forget breakfast – start your day with breakfast sandwiches, wraps, eggs benedict scrambles, and more. Great any time of the day, the smoothies are simply the best in town! Made with fresh fruit and a choice of coconut, soy, or almond milk – healthy and delicious! For the summer series of Concerts in the Park, have your order ready to go by calling or filling out the online form ahead of time then enjoy a picnic in the Downtown Paso Robles City Park while listening to local bands.
“We are all about making and serving good, wholesome, homemade, fresh food,” Stephanie said. “We maintain a family-friendly atmosphere and environment, and we are situated in a beautiful location overlooking the park. Plus, we have a nice, dog-friendly outdoor patio area.”
Meagan Friberg can be contacted at meagan@pasomagazine.com