|Belle Isle's Grand Canal: Early 1900's - Wikipedia Commons|
During a trip to Michigan last week I was reminded by my parents of the grandeur that once accompanied afternoon visits to Belle Isle, Detroit's-once-crown-jewel of a park, situated in the middle of the Detroit River between Detroit and Canada. It was once the destination for picnicking in Detroit. Then, this week I learned that Rose's Fine Food, a Detroit made-from-scratch diner, is planning on supplying picnic baskets for rental, equipped with a meal, blanket, and real silverware and dishware, attempting to restore picnicking on Belle Isle (Eater Detroit). (We know the all-too-familiar story of plastic cutlery breaking or paper plates folding under the weight of hearty servings.) If restaurants are still apprehensive to supply real cutlery and dishware, environmentally friendly options are available, and a meal can be wrapped up for transport in a reusable grocery bag (assuming it would then be emblazoned with that restaurant's logo.)
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This concept might work very well with Houston's hotel restaurants, especially those located near parks, much like Hotel Zaza or the Hilton Americas, as well as higher-end local restaurants that specialize in craft foods, much like the Heights neighborhood's Revival Market. There is a seemingly low overhead for restaurants, and a picnic lunch is a great way to enjoy the cuisine of Houston in one of our city's beautiful parks. So, are there any restaurants that actually do this type of thing in Houston?
***Update, August 5, 2015 - (Rose's Fine Food rents picnic baskets in Detroit. Check out their information here.)