OTR’s Goose & Elder Launches Curated Carryout Picnic Baskets

Chef-owner Jose Salazar brings comfort to guests by offering an alternative way to enjoy the restaurant experience.

Photograph by Gina Weathersby

Goose & Elder, chef Jose Salazar’s casual American eatery across from Findlay Market, is offering guests a new dining experience in light of the COVID-19 pandemic with to-go picnic baskets—geared especially for those who may not be ready to dine with the masses.

“We know some people don’t feel 100 percent safe coming back, so we wanted to give them something prepackaged and more curated than regular carryout,” Salazar says.

Offering something for everyone’s palette, there are three picnic basket options that serve four to six people. At $55, The Flock includes comfort food favorites such as fried chicken, mac ’n’ cheese, a big salad, and two crème brûlées. The Bodega, $45, offers a casual assortment of ham and swiss sandwiches, watermelon, potato chips, and two servings of chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel sauce. At $40, The Vegicurious is both healthy and tasty, including a grain bowl, avocado toast, and housemade hummus with crudités and za’atar crackers.

“Our hearts are there to comfort, feed, and offer an escape for friends and family to safely enjoy a meal,” Salazar says.

Photograph by Gina Weathersby

In addition to the baskets, there are to-go cocktails, 50 percent off on beers and wines, and the Goose & Elder Spotify playlist has been made public for guests to enjoy the full restaurant experience, whether at nearby Washington Park or at their own homes.

Orders for picnic baskets can be placed by calling the restaurant.

Goose & Elder, 1800 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 579-8400

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