Spring in St. Louis is the perfect time for a romantic picnic in Forest Park, Tower Grove or the riverfront. Here’s all you need to dine al fresco in style.
A good Picnic Basket makes packing for a picnic a piece of cake. Many include plates, wine glasses, napkins, silverware, salt and pepper shakers, a corkscrew and a tablecloth (Bed Bath & Beyond , 53 Brentwood Promenade Ct., Brentwood, 314.961.4900).
Add a little sophistication to your meal with a Brillat-Savarin Affine Brie cheese paired with Segura Viudas Aria Estate Brut, a sparkling Spanish wine (The Wine & Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.727.8788).
Enjoy the season’s juiciest offerings with a custom-made fruit platter, with fresh watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberries and grapes (Straub’s Fine Grocers, 8282 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.725.2121).
Munch on local snacks like Billy Goat Chips, made with heart-healthy canola oil; check billygoatstl.com to see where to pick them up near you. Or, for something a little different, check out What-A-Ya-Nuts?!, the all-natural nut clusters developed by 2012 Buzz Lister Howie Scher. They come in in four flavors: Cracked Parmesan Pepper, Jalapeno Hysteria, Maple Cinnamon Madness and Stark Raving Chocolate, and are available at Straubs, Jennifer’s Pharmacy,Schnucks and Dierbergs.