Picnic Perfect with The Red Apron

We’ve been blessed here in Ottawa with a beautiful, steamy summer filled with plenty of sunshine – perfect for packing up a basket of goodies and heading into the great outdoors to dine.

Picnics provide a great way to feel like you’ve escaped the daily hustle, spent time in nature and enjoyed quality time with your family and friends without having to travel too far. We want to make it even easier for you to get out and explore Ottawa’s plentiful green space, so we’ve mapped out some perfect parks and outdoor spaces so the guess work is gone. All that’s left for you to do is stop by The Red Apron to stock up your basket.

Whether you’re into movies in the park or an array of outdoor music events, there is always something exciting to see and do in downtown Ottawa and our grab-and-go food items help take all the guess work out of an epic picnic. Many of our Dinner In The Bag meals this summer are perfect for dining al-fresco meal including this Thursdays Surf & Turf with grilled shrimp and enright beef, roasted potatoes, broccoli salad, True Loaf baguette and raspberry swirl cheesecake. Next week’s Smoked Ontario Pork Belly with Peach Whisky BBQ Sauce, 3 Bean Salad with Pickled Red Onion & Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Creamy Southern Slaw, Against the Grain Cornbread Muffins and a luscious Key Lime Pie is also a great picnic choice. Place your order via email or give us a call to reserve yours.

Even if we don’t have a lot of time, we’ve been known to pack up a basket of goodies from the shop and head to one of the local parks in Centretown to catch a quick break and soak in some of the rays. Our perfect picnic basket is packed with a Whole Roast Chicken and some fresh salads, like our best selling Kale Slaw With Carrots, Cabbage & Apple Cider Vinaigrette, some dips and spreads from our deli fridge, a few items of charcuterie and a choice of one or two local cheeses paired with an in-house preserve, various baked goods like our Sweet Potato Cheddar Scones or one of homemade muffins, refreshing drinks from the grab-and-go fridges and a few sandwiches or cold noodle salads from our lunch menu so everyone has a fully, happy belly.


Red Apron’s Picnic Picks

We wanted to make things super simple for you so we’ve mapped out directions to our fav Ottawa area outdoor spaces from The Red Apron so you can quickly pack up a basket, grab the kids or a car full of friends and head out for a special meal outdoors. Click on the park you’d most like to visit below and you’ll have your directions ready to go.

1. Strathcona Park
2. Gatineau Park
3. Central Park
4. McNabb Park
5. Arboretum
6. Westboro Beach

Happy picnic-ing!