What’s not to love about a picnic? They’re romantic, whimsical and summery. The only downside: it can sometimes be difficult to decide where to head for one and what to bring. Lucky for us this summer, the Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT) is providing the perfect locale, and Local Harvest Grocery is packing the basket.
Every Wednesday evening through Wed., July 25, MOBOT flings open its gates and invites everyone in to enjoy live music in the garden. In the upcoming weeks, guests will be treated to performances from a jazz musician, a military band and a pianist-vocalist, just to name a few. These free performances bring diverse, music-loving audiences back year after year.
It’s an added bonus that MOBOT encourages bring-your-own picnics. Rather than trying to throw one together at the end of the work day, simply head to Local Harvest (just across Tower Grove Park from MOBOT) and have them do the work for you.
Simple and elegant, Local Harvest’s picnic baskets are filled with goodies like pretzel bread sticks from local favorite Companion Bakery; ham sausage from Todd Geisert Farms in Washington, Mo.; housemade hummus; a generous block of cheese; and a bottle of wine. You’ll have lovely nosh that enough to share with someone special. Oh, and they cover all the bases. Every basket includes a knife for cutting and spreading and cups for sipping.
The baskets themselves are a little something special, too. Perennial (perennialstl.org), a non-profit that transforms trash into treasure, makes the baskets from upcycled cardboard. A handheld fan made from old maps accompanies each basket. Bring in your basket for a refill, and you’ll receive $3 off of the price of your picnic.
Local Harvest Grocery, 3108 Morgan Ford Road, 314.865.5260, localharvestgrocery.com
Whitaker Music Festival, Missouri Botanical Garden, every Wednesday through July 25,4344 Shaw Blvd., 314.577.5100, mobot.org. Admission is free. Music begins at 7:30pm with last admission at 9pm.
Every Thursday, Amy Burdge recommends a restaurant to attend before a local cultural event for a great night out. Missed one of her Dinner & A Show columns? Get them all here. Outside of FEAST, 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.