I can't think of a better way to spend the upcoming three-day weekend than packing a picnic basket with nosh from the likes of Salume Beddu or Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium and heading to Forest or Laumeier Sculpture parks.
Classic wicker baskets on the market today range from budget-friendly to splurge-worthy. No matter the amount of bells and whistles, you'll be able to trade AC for al-fresco feasting in style.
If you don't want to spend more on the basket than the food and drinks you're putting in it, something like the http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11133387" target="_blank">World Market's Sophie baskets (from $7.99 to $12.99) are the way to go.
If you want an all-out fine outdoor dining experience, go for something like the http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3135149" target="_blank">Picnic Plus Mirabel Picnic Basket ($109.99) or the http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3698555" target="_blank">Picnic Plus Eco-Friendly Picnic Basket ($139.99) from Dick's Sporting Goods. Both are equipped with place settings for four and insulted to keep your goodies chilled.