You can get customizable picnic baskets & eat in a picnic garden at this Calgary gem
Hey there, folks! We’re here to fill you in on one of Calgary’s most beautiful restaurants along with a very unique offering that this restaurant debuted this summer. Nestled along the Bow in the heart of Prince’s Island Park, River Cafe has been giving Calgarians one of the most special inner-city dining experiences for the past 29 years.
Now, the list of reasons why we love this place is long. From the wine selection to the location to the food, we could literally go on and on. And, now we have even more reasons to add to the list! River Cafe has debuted its brand new Picnic Garden situated right next to the restaurant. Bordered by rope, trees, and flowers and filled with (properly spaced) picnic tables, this is quickly becoming one of our favourite places to dine. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy their customizable picnic baskets.
So, here’s the scoop on how the picnic baskets work.
Available Tuesday through Sunday, orders must be placed the day before by 11:30 pm. Through their website, you’ll be able to pick and choose what items you include in your picnic, and the list of items is pretty extensive. Ranging from salads, sandwiches, charcuterie, all the way to a variety of wines and craft beer, to accompanying accessories, there truly is something for everyone. And, for every price point. Items start at only $8, so you can build a picnic to fit any budget.
A couple of our favourites from the list are the Roasted Beet & Tiger Blue Cheese Salad, House Cured Charcuterie & Artisan Cheese (duh), Red Lentil Hummus & Rice Crackers, Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich, Rhubarb Fool & Fresh Baked Oatmeal Cookies.
The picnic comes perfectly packaged for you to take wherever you’d like, however you’d like! If you’re feeling a little extra and wanting an upgrade, there are plenty of options available. We’d recommend the Champagne Picnic Basket for four, a River Cafe picnic blanket, or a reusable Wine Cooler Bag.
Oh, and we’ll let you in on a little not-so-secret-secret. The wine available for purchase with the picnic items? Listed for retail value, making the add on of wine a pretty easy choice. Not to mention that River Cafe’s wine list has been carefully curated, making any choice a good choice when choosing that perfect bottle.
So there you have it, Calgary. Now get out there and enjoy this sunshine!