Picnic Basket Banter: Sara Selepouchin Villari

Welcome to the second installment of this year’s Picnic Basket Banter, a weekly series profiling Philadelphians who are participating in Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia 2013. This series puts volunteers and attendees of our event into the spotlight, asking a series of questions about their ideal picnic, favorite places in our amazing city and, of course, what they will be packing in their picnic baskets.

Sara Selepouchin Villari is the creator of Girls Can Tell- a line of fun and useful products that reflect Sara’s degree in architecture and years of mechanical drawing experience.  Her full line of products can now be purchased at her new East Passyunk boutique, Occasionette.

We worked with Sara to design the bag for the catered meals at this year’s event and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the result!  This will be her first year attending Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia.

Sara pictured with a selection of her designs at her East Passyunk boutique, Occasionette.   Photo courtesy: Sean Corbett Photography

Sara pictured with a selection of her designs at her East Passyunk boutique, Occasionette.
Photo courtesy: Sean Corbett Photography

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia:  What is your favorite spot to picnic in Philadelphia?

Sara: I love riding bikes down to FDR Park and picnicking there with friends.

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia:  What’s your perfect picnic beverage?

Sara:  I enjoy a good IPA for a picnic.

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia:  Who would be the most interesting person- living or dead- you’d like to share a picnic with?

Sara: Thomas Jefferson.

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia:  Do you have a favorite picnic memory?

Sara:  On our honeymoon earlier this year, my husband and I settled down in a park with a classic French spread of great wine, cheese and a baguette, and just watched the crowds of people in the park on that gorgeous afternoon.

Sara’s design for this year’s Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia catering bags.

Sara’s design for this year’s Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia catering bags.

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia:  If you needed to put together a picnic basket for two in less than 30 minutes, what would you make or buy?

Sara:  A beautiful assortment of cheese and fresh bread, of course.

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia:  What non-food items are always included in your picnic basket?

Sara:  Corkscrew!

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia: If you were planning this year’s Diner en Blanc Philadelphia where would it be?

Sara: I’d love to see a completely unglamorous, underused space become activated for the night – the lots of Broad + Washington come to mind.

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia:  What are you looking forward to most about attending this year’s Diner en Blanc Philadelphia?

Sara:  Learning where it will be held!

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia:  How long have you lived in the Philadelphia area?

Sara: It will be almost 9 years to the day the night of the event.

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia:  What’s your favorite thing about Philadelphia?

Sara:  How strong communities are here.

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia: What is your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia?

Sara:  How could anyone answer this, there are so many amazing, amazing restaurants! It’s an embarrassment of riches with food + beer in this city…  I think our neighbors at Will BYOB are really special – we always love it there.

Dîner en Blanc PhiladelphiaIf you were to plan “the perfect day” of things to do for someone who was visiting Philadelphia for the first time, what would their day look like from start to finish?

Sara:  We’d start with treats from Federal Donuts, then a tour of Independence Hall and a glimpse of the Liberty Bell, a visit to the Mutter Museum, happy hour at Fountain Porter, dinner at Will and a bike ride up to the Franklin Fountain.

Sara photographed in front of Singing Fountain in Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood. Photo courtesy: Sean Corbett Photography

Sara photographed in front of Singing Fountain in Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood.
Photo courtesy: Sean Corbett Photography

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