This packed-out store is fully stocked for the season with baskets, tablecloths and napkins, thermoses, and containers. But did you know owner Robin Coull will also pack you a complete picnic kit in an easy-to-carry cardboard box? That kit includes recyclable napkins and plates — even bamboo cutlery.
How it works: Pop into Pot & Pantry and browse the shelves filled with gourmet picnic fare. Choose a meal or snacks and let staff pack it up and send you on your way.
Seriously slammed for time? Call in advance with a budget and food preferences and staff will box up a picnic and have it ready for pick up.
The list is long, but a quick sampling of Pot & Pantry’s grab-and-go items includes: Spread Delivers dips; pickles from local faves Top Shelf and Lowertown Canning; cheeses from St. Albert; award-winning Spanish tinned seafood from Conservas de Cambados; as well as crackers, chips, and olives. Of course there are cookies, shortbreads, and chocolates (including bars from local makers Hummingbird and Alicja Confections.
City Bites Hot Tip #1: Pot & Pantry is just a short walk from Confederation Park, Minto Park, and the Rideau Canal.
City Bites Hot Tip #2: You don’t have to limit yourself to lunchtime picnics. The store is open late on weeknights all summer (Monday to Wednesday, 10am-7pm, and Thursday and Friday, 10am-8pm). Maybe pick up a backyard picnic on the way home from work?