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Dine Al Fresco with Help From Garces Trading Company

Branded Garces Trading Company bottle (photo by M. McClellan)

Beginning this May, soak up the sunshine and outdoor breezes while treating yourself to one of the picnic-style lunches offered at Garces Trading Company.

Happy Hollow is named after the first playground in Philadelphia, but there is nothing juvenile about this assortment of finger foods. Along with other picnic essentials the basket is composed of Rioja salami, Bianco Sardo cheese, house-made mustard, fig-and-cherry marmalade and a dessert of macaroons. The meal costs $35 and serves two.

Blooming with cherry blossoms, lined with rustic stone walls and abutting the Schuylkill River, Fairmount Park offers prime scenery for picnickers. Boathouse Row offers a refined lunch of country pate, duck rillette, a tomato and mozzarella salad, freshly baked sourdough bread, cured olives, and an assortment of chocolates. This basket costs $45serves two.

City-dwellers who love lunch cooked over a charcoal fire should opt for the Belmont Plateau. The lunch includes Agro Dulce Ribs, mortadella hot dogs, pain-au-lait hot dogs, potato chips made by hand, macaroons, and seasonal beers. This one costs $75 and can serve between two and four people, depending on your appetite.

Garces Trading Company also allows picnic-goers a selection of wine, along with the option of customizing the content of the wicker basket for more guests in attendance (up to twenty people). Call in advance (215-574-1099) to pick up to-go