We are two Tahoe locals who have lived here for way too long (20+ years), parented way too many boys (5 between the two of us), hiked way too many miles (starting with the 165 of the Tahoe Rim Trail), paddleboarded way too much (all over the lake), chopped way too many vegetables (we lost count), and served way too many menus (over 4,500). So clearly, we go above and beyond in every aspect of our lives. That’s what you can expect from the two of us and the Picnic Family. We look forward to talking with you soon! Give us a call anytime.

Tastefully yours,
Syd & Margaretha

Syd Early

Syd Earley, Owner

After falling in love with Tahoe and a “ski-bum,” I sold my business in Santa Cruz, moved to Tahoe, and opened Syd’s Bagelry with my husband in 1991. 21 years later, I partnered up with Margaretha in 2012 to open Picnic in Tahoe City’s Lighthouse Center where we built a loyal clientele who loved our new take on organic made-to-order salads, soups, warm flatbreads, and desserts. With the success of our business and partnership, we then decided to focus on what we both love best: catering!

“Nothing gives us more pleasure than designing a special menu for our clients while always sourcing from local farms. Creating a seasonal menu is instinctual for us while providing a flavorful, creative, and artistic experience is our mission.”

Margaretha von Welczeck, Chef

As a young girl, just out of high school, I left my Northern California roots and spent several years in Europe where I interned in 5-star hotels and learned “hands-on” the hotel and restaurant trade. While traveling and working side-by-side with these talented chefs, I not only picked up delicious recipes from around the world but I also developed a passion for the artistry and history that goes into creating every dish. After being classically trained in Europe, I came back to California where I’ve spent two decades honing my culinary talents. Although I’ve owned and operated several successful restaurants, my true love is catering special gatherings.
“Thank you so much for catering our family event! Everyone RAVED about the food!!!
“Just what the doctor ordered for Tahoe!”
“Picnic made hosting a great party easy – from the wonderful menu to the smooth delivery to the memorable food – everything was seamless and enjoyed thoroughly by all.”