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Let Toni Patisserie Make Your Summer Picnic

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jun 8, 2012 3:20PM

2012_6_8_ToniPicnic2.jpg Picnics in the park are an integral part of a Chicago summer. Unfortunately, if you're a worker in the loop, it can be a total pain to put together a picnic in the five minutes before you have to leave for work, then stick it in the office fridge all day. Toni Patisserie has come to the rescue.

Toni Patisserie, which opened last fall a block away from Millenium Park, has been keeping us in Salade Nicoise for the past several months. They announced last week that they would be offering picnics, and we stopped in to try one on Wednesday. The picnic, which costs about $25, includes one of their baguette sandwiches (technically a half, but it was plenty for us), one of their salads, two snacks, two desserts and two drinks. You can choose chips or baguette for the snacks and chocolate chip cookie or brownie for the desserts. The whole thing comes in a cute red reusable tote bag.

We particularly recommend the Le Breton, which we'd enjoyed before. It's very simple—just ham, salted butter, sliced cornichons and gruyere cheese—but it's just the thing for a picnic. If you added a bottle of a nice chilled white wine to the mix, you'd have the perfect combination for a French summer outing in the park.

Toni Patisserie is located at 65 E. Washington St. No pre-ordering is required, just stop in and ask for the picnic.