Miller Outdoor Theatre’s new season, which kicked off this month, got us thinking about picnics. Miller, after all, is a perfect place for one. Just pack some food, a blanket, and park yourself on the grassy hill facing the stage to enjoy a free performance. Or you can choose one of Houston’s many other green spaces for your al fresco meal. Wondering what to pack? Here are some local places that make picnicking a breeze no matter where you go to for your outing.

Cheese, charcuterie, Slow Dough bread, olives, wine … you’ll find it all at The Houston Dairymaids. The small Heights cheese shop carries some 150 cheeses and holds free daily cheese tastings for anyone who walks into the store. Let their expert staff guide you in stocking your picnic basket with a variety of styles of cheese and accompaniments.

The boxed lunches at Picnic are perfect for, well, a picnic. They include your choice of sandwich (try the smoked turkey and avocado or chargrilled veggies and goat cheese), chips, fruit salad and a cookie. The West University shop also sells boxed salads that come with a fresh-baked roll, fruit salad and the option to add a cookie.

With three picnic package options, Bistro Menil does all the thinking for you. Each package comes with a starter, entree and dessert for two plus essentials such as napkins and plates.  Non-alcoholic drinks are included but you can also pick up some wine or beer. Since the restaurant is located on the Menil Collection grounds, all you have to do is pack a blanket, pick up your food and enjoy on the museum’s green spaces. Tip: Call ahead to order.

Borgo Food Station, a “gastro market” on West Alabama, sells ready-to-go meals to eat at home or on the go. For your picnic, look no further than their ready-to-eat homemade “Borgo balls” — meat, chicken or risotto balls — packed inside a mason jar with fork attached. You can also pick up a variety of salads, sandwiches, and homemade plantain or yucca chips to round out your meal.

Pick up freshly baked pita bread, homemade dips, salads, olives and more at Phoenicia Specialty Foods in Downtown. Located only a few blocks from the Discovery Green (a good spot for a picnic), this international food market features thousands of imported products and prepared foods, making it an ideal one-stop shop for your picnic provisions.

The terrace at The Kitchen at the Dunlavy is so beautiful that you may just decide to eat there overlooking Buffalo Bayou Park, but they’ll happily pack any of their food to go if you decide to enjoy it at the park. The Dunlavy Picnic Lunch, a platter of cheeses, charcuterie, pâté, crudites and breads, or any of their sandwiches are good bets.