DINNER & A SHOW: 8 Picnic-Perfect Edibles for The Great Balloon Race

2011-09-15T07:00:00Z 2014-09-16T13:07:32Z DINNER & A SHOW: 8 Picnic-Perfect Edibles for The Great Balloon RaceWritten by Amy Burdge
Photography by J. Pollack Photography
Feast Magazine | Inspired Local Food Culture/Midwest

Preparing a picnic basket for The Great Forest Park Balloon Race Sept. 16 to 18 is a breeze when you know where to go and what to get. A great place for fabulous fare is Straub's Market.

With a market in four key locations, it's easy to find and it's stocked with goodies for everyone. Our following recommendations are sure to make your day at the races memorable.

1. THE FLIGHT OF CHEESE

Straub's makes all the hard decisions, and you get a lovely cheese tray that's ready to go. Plus, it's a snap to pack and delicious to devour.

  • Store Location: Cheese island in the deli
  • Price: $14.99

2. JACOB'S CREAM CRACKERS

Great crackers help get the cheese from the plate to your lips with little-to-no mess.

  • Store Location: snack aisle
  • Price: $1.99

3. CHICKEN SALAD CROISSANT

A St. Louis classic, Straub's chicken salad is life changing. If you've had it, you know; if you haven't, you should. Enough said.

  • Store Location: deli
  • Price: $6.99

4.  ASIAN SALAD WITH HOISIN CHICKEN

This sweet and spicy salad offers something a little lighter while delivering big flavor. What's more, Straub's will happily put the dressing on the side to keep the salad fresh.

  • Store Location: Made to order at the deli counter
  • Price: $6.99 tossed or $5.99 wrapped

5. BILLY GOAT CHIPS

Every sandwich deserves some chips, and these St. Louis originals are among the best anywhere.

  • Store Location: snack aisle
  • Price: original chips, $.99; barbecue, $1.09

6. PAULA'S KEY LIME AND LEMON BARS

Fresh and creamy and citrusy and sweet, these flavors put the polished note on the end of picnic lunch.

  • Store Location: bakery
  • Price: $2.95 each (each pack has two bars of the same flavor)

7. SUSANA BALBO CRIOS ROSE OF MALBEC

This treat for the over-21-set is crisp and stylish. A perfect complement to the basket.

  • Store Location: wine cooler
  • Price: $14.49 (it's on special for $12.49 through the end of September)

8. GRAPEFRUIT & CITRUS ZING MASH

Refreshing and low calorie, it's nearly the same color as the rose and thirst quenching for kids.

  • Store Location: deli with the chilled specialty (non-alcoholic) drinks
  • Price: $1.79

THE PICNIC

Straub's, multiple locations: Clayton, Central West End, Webster Groves and Town & Country, 314.725.2121 (main number), straubs.com

THE SHOW

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race, Sept. 16 to 18, Central Field in Forest Park, greatforestparkballoonrace.com


Amy Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.

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