In an effort to get people outside on National Picnic Day this Friday, restaurants around Houston, including local spots, have teamed up with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

Restaurants have put together unique picnic baskets available to purchase for a picnic this weekend, and proceeds from each basket will go toward Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

“Buffalo Bayou is literally the heart of Houston and is so important in the everyday life of Houstonians,” said chef Bobby Matos of La Lucha, 1801 N. Shepherd Dr. “Helping the bayou succeed into the future enables Houstonians to continue to have beautiful green space for recreation, exercise and events for years to come.”

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is a nonprofit dedicated revitalizing Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. The proceeds from National Picnic Day will support Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s continued efforts to create and care for the green spaces included in that area.

“(That) includes Buffalo Bayou Park, developing the bayou trail system, operating an on-water cleanup program and present public art, volunteer activities and recreational opportunities that enrich the quality of life in Houston,” said Leigh McBurnett, chief development officer at Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

Local restaurants participating are La Lucha as well as Common Bond, 449 W. 19th St., and Postino Wine Café, 642 Yale St.

Common Bond’s picnic basket includes one Trio of Bruschetta with spring pea and mint, ricotta and radish, and eggplant and goat cheese; one meat, fruit and cheese plate, a choice of two sandwiches: ham and cheese on a baguette, tomato and burrata, smoked salmon on a croissant or tarragon chicken salad on a croissant, with chips on the side; and lastly, a pack of snickerdoodle cookies, all packaged in a tote bag. The picnic costs $50. For more information, visit https://www.commonbondcafe.com/store/product/Picnic-tote/.

La Lucha’s picnic serving takes savory on-the-go. The pack includes eight pieces of fried chicken, a salad, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, four biscuits with honey sambal and jam and a bottle of Bisol Prosecco. When ordering, the restaurant will need at least 30 minutes to prepare the food, and it will be available for $59.95 all weekend.

“The choice was easy. What goes better in a picnic than fried chicken?” Matos said. “Fried chicken is great hot or cold and with the sides, bubbles and biscuits you have a complete meal ready to go.”

Postino’s picnic package focuses on “snacky things,” including appetizers like salad or meatballs, as well as its signature bruschetta board, for $35. For an additional $15, customers can add a bottle of wine from Postino’s Lucky Seven Lineup. The picnic package will be available all day Friday and orders can be placed over the phone or in person.

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