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Christine E. Nunn

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Owner and Executive Chef

Local Address: Fair Lawn, New York, United States
Company Description: Picnic has developed quite a reputation for its fun, fabulous food. Our inspired menus, based on classical French, American, and Mediterranean cuisines, have been...   more

Employment History

  • Chef
64 Total References
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Christine Nunn ’87, Owner and Executive Chef of Picnic Caterers — The Culinary Institute of America, 28 Nov 2013 [cached]
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Christine Nunn '87, Owner and Executive Chef of Picnic Caterers
Christine Nunn '87, Owner and Executive Chef of Picnic Caterers
Christine Nunn '87, Owner and Executive Chef of Picnic Caterers
While most culinary professionals would agree that working in the food business is no picnic, that's exactly what it is for Christine Nunn. As owner and executive chef of Picnic Caterers, she's plenty busy. And that's just fine with Christine because she's making a living doing something she truly loves.
That living began entirely by chance. A former non-profit development director and special events planner, Christine was tired of paying top dollar for mediocre food. So, as an avid home cook, she began to cater her own events with great success. That's when she decided that taking a break from the business world and attending the CIA might be a good idea.
Was it ever! "Because I made the change and chose the CIA, all of these good things are happening," she said.
Staff - Picnic, the Restaurant, 14 Sept 2012 [cached]
Portrait of Christine Nunn
Christine Nunn, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, is co-owner and Executive Chef of Picnic, the Restaurant and Picnic Caterers. Read about Christine.
"Christine Nunn brings a special essence to every dish"
Nevertheless, Christine ..., 4 Nov 2014 [cached]
Nevertheless, Christine Nunn, chef and owner at the soon-to-be-opened Picnic on the Square in Ridgewood, said that it's difficult to not use GMOs.
Chef Christine Nunn - Picnic, the Restaurant, 14 Sept 2012 [cached]
Christine E. Nunn, Picnic’s executive chef, catering at Drumthwacket early in her career.
Chef Christine Nunn’s career as a chef is nearly as old as she is.
A child prodigy in the kitchen, Christine was given her first Easy-Bake Oven before her second birthday. Although her parents didn’t give her the oven’s light bulb for several more years, she was undaunted and actually made the cake for her second birthday party - a messy but tasty gooey yellow concoction whose stains remained on the playroom walls for months.
Christine learned well from early efforts such as this, and by the time she entered kindergarten, she and her Easy-Bake Oven were catering school events as well as private parties in Radburn and surrounding communities. She was also working two nights a week as a short-order cook at a diner on Route 4, and pulled occasional shifts as a relief cook in her school cafeteria, always bringing her trusty Easy-Bake Oven in a red wagon she pulled behind her, except in the snow when she carried it on her Flexible Flyer sled. Her skills, notoriety, and the wattage of her oven’s light bulb all increased as she went through school, to the point where she almost had to miss her eighth grade graduation because she was catering a dinner at Drumthwacket, the New Jersey governor’s mansion, for the retirement of the state senate majority leader. Upon hearing of her conflict, the senator postponed his retirement for a week so that Christine could attend her graduation.
It was a fateful decision, for it was at the school’s graduation dance that Christine was spotted by a dance scout. That summer, she took the competitive dance world by storm. By the time the holidays hit, she was forced to put her cooking and catering career on hold, as she was in demand both on Broadway and in Hollywood to teach stars the new steps she had devised.
Before her complex and athletic style could fully mature, however, Christine was injured in a freakish tango accident. While she and her partner were performing an extraordinary spin of her own devising in which their outer extremities actually break the sound barrier, her partner’s elbow encountered some turbulence and threw off the pair’s balance. Christine’s foot hit the floor hard, and the impact caused all the cartilage in her left little toe to spontaneously burst into flame. The fire was contained and no further injury sustained, but she would never again be able to dance at the same level.
Following the accident, she retreated to the solitude of her family’s compound in Bar Harbor, Maine to heal and reflect. Although only in high school, her dance career was already over, and her catering career was also on the skids, as changing culinary trends had left behind her Easy-Bake style of cooking. More alarming, she found herself almost without friends. The fickle celebrity friends of her dance career left with her last spin on the floor, while many of her classmates, envious of her successes, had abandoned her earlier than that. Orphaned in childhood and raised by nuns - in whose honor she adopted the surname “Nunn” - she was now alone.
Thinking that some travel might raise her spirits, she embarked on a voyage around the world. But the trip was uneventful, save for two nights in a Turkish prison, and being set adrift in a life raft in the South Pacific for a month following the capsizing of her ship in a typhoon.
Depressed and directionless, Christine returned to Maine and found solace in a bottle. Literally. Following the instructions in a contortionist’s manual she stumbled upon in an antiquarian book store, she learned to squeeze herself into a 5-gallon plastic water jug (drained, of course!), wherein she discovered a Zen-like inner peace and contentment she hadn’t known before. For 18 months, while touring with a traveling carnival, she performed this feat four times daily, sometimes remaining in the bottle for an hour or more. It was the perfect therapy for her, and allowed her to sort out her life and “get her head straight” (of course, that’s a figure of speech; in order to get in and out of the bottle, she had to twist her head to the left and back). Upon leaving the carnival, her teary-eyed carnie friends (most of whom remain close to her to this day), sharing her recognition that she was ready at last to resume her education and career, presented her with a brand new Easy-Bake Oven and an assortment of high-intensity light bulbs.
Kudos and Credits, 1 July 2012 [cached]
Picnic’s chefs Michele West (left) and Christine Nunn are all smiles as they accept the Ultimate Chef Bergen County trophy.
Picnic’s chefs Christine Nunn and Michele West took full advantage of the required “secret ingredient”—honey—as they made a beeline to victory in this year’s Ultimate Chef Bergen County contest.
Executive chef/owner Christine Nunn will custom-design and freshly prepare your menu; nothing is frozen or pre-made. She also uses produce from her own garden to provide the freshest of seasonal organic vegetables and fruits. Chef Nunn’s lunch menu changes daily and features ten to twelve different and unique sandwiches and salads, such as filet mignon with Burgundy-infused demi-glace on baguette with fresh chanterelles. For more information visit or call 201- 262-5505.
Christine was an exceptional student who worked very, very hard. I respect her determination, her work ethic, and her great knowlege of food.
Located at 180 Kinderkamack Road, Picnic is the invention of Christine E. Nunn, the former food critic for The Record. Nunn, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America (in Hyde Park, New York), began specializing a year ago in “gourmet to go,” but just opened her storefront this spring. Each day, she whips up unique sandwiches and three to four complete dinners for pick-up. Call 201-262-5505.
When Chris and I were planning our wedding we wondered where we would find a caterer that could help us blend our cultures (American & Dominican), be responsive to our needs (an outdoor wedding with a tent) and still be able to add my favorite season to the mix (early autumn).
Chris and I have heard from so many of our friends that our wedding was the best they had ever attended as guests (they had to say that!) and we know that it has everything to do with you.
Christine Nunn Chef/Owner of Picnic enthusiastically and helpfully assisted me in making choices for supper that were “tooth” friendly tonight!
I had the most delicious dishes!
Fluke in a reduction of beurre blanc (some savories... garlic?) and spinach and also I ordered the — Risotto with fresh chanterelles in a white wine sauce of some sort (Christine showed me the mushrooms and they were beauties and I HATE mushrooms and hate spinach too — heh — but I didn’t tell Christine that, and I ate it ALL up with my husband YUM!!)
Accolades for the great food and the kindness of Christine Nunn! I wholeheartedly recommend trying lunch or supper from there anytime you can. Have a great end of August!
Christine took the time to work with us to create a personalized and unique menu. Her years of experience helped guide us in making some practical choices as well as adding delicious surprises. The food was flavorful and cooked to perfection. The Picnic staff was extremely attentive, enthusiastic, and made the reception run smoothly. We are so grateful to Christine and her staff for making our wedding so memorable. Many thanks!
— Flynne and Steven (Wedding catered by Picnic)
A unique, creative, delicious and memorable party. Christine made it the perfect day!
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