Fried Chicken Picnic


I love fried chicken. I have known about Thomas Keller’s famous ad hoc buttermilk fried chicken but I never could get organized enough to make it to Yountville and now that I have a toddler, fine dining has taken on a new set of challenges. Turns out, Thomas Keller has thought of the masses who want to eat his fried chicken and has erected a shack behind ad hoc – ad hoc addendum where he peddles boxed lunches of fried and BBQ chicken (though I do not understand why you would ever get BBQ chicken when there is fried chicken). Best of all, on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., you can order it online and indicate when you want to pick up your wonderous picnic lunch. For $16.95 you get three pieces of chicken, honey cornbread, potato salad and coleslaw and all you have to do is show up at the appointed time, bypass the long line to the pick up window and they hand you a bag of crispy fried chicken. It’s not a cheap picnic lunch, but it is Thomas Keller. I should also note that almost all the people waiting in line were Asian. We love our celebrity chefs, especially when they live up to the hype.

Ad hoc addendum does provide some picnic tables but we went across the street to a great park where we set up a little picnic. The chicken was crispy, incredibly flavorful and honestly some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. And I have eaten a LOT of fried chicken. The honey cornbread was also delicious, although the potato salad and the coleslaw, while good, did not blow me away. You can see how they make it here.


If you ever plan a trip to Napa and want to have a no fuss lunch option or you just love fried chicken, I highly recommend a trip to the ad hoc addendum.

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