SYDNEY weather has been either unseasonably wet or searingly hot so far this spring-summer, so perhaps picnic necessities for the holiday season are going to be a combo of parasols and plastic macs. Either way, for a delicious alfresco nosh the Surry Hills-based Sydney Picnic Co packages up food to go with a sense of chic French style. My choice of the signature Sydney spread ($155 for two) comes in a hessian bag with a sprig of fresh flowers; there are checked paper napkins, disposable plates and cutlery. The menu? In chic, string-tied cartons sit Ligurian Taggiasche marinated olives; king prawns with lime and Sichuan salt and pepper; fregola with free-range roast chicken, cherry tomatoes, sugar snaps, preserved lemon, harissa, mint and toasted pepitas; Sonoma sourdough baguette (oddly salty) and double-cream cheese with baby figs. Slight variations to standard menus are possible (Valrhona chocolate brownies are whipped out and replaced for me with lemon posset and marinated blueberries). From $145-$185; gift vouchers available. More: sydneypicnic.com.au.