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The Birth of Bento Picnic

Meet Leanne, the founder of Bento Picnic.

Leanne Valenti founded Bento Picnic in 2015 to bring delicious, healthy bento meals to Austin. Trained chef and entrepreneurial spirit, Leanne fell in love with bento cuisine while living in rural Japan in 2011.

One of her favorite things about living in Japan was how easy it was to find healthy, balanced meals. The bento kiosks in every city center and train station make delicious & wholesome meals super convenient. Back home, she started to make bento lunches for her family and friends — who were always busy & on-the-go, and that is how Bento Picnic began.

At Bento Picnic you can find healthy, delicious, colorful meals. We are located at 2600 E Cesar Chavez, and we are open for lunch and dinner with indoor and outdoor dining, as well as prepped grab & go meals.

We also deliver all around Austin, and we specialize in catering for office lunches, conferences, retreats and happy hours.

Our mission is to make delicious, nourishing meals to carry you through your day, and we hope to have the chance to serve you soon!

GMO-FREE

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We proudly source non-GMO + organic ingredients from local, responsible farmers + purveyors.

SPECIAL DIETS

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We love helping people keep commitments to their health with our array of dietary options including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian + dairy-free.

ECO-FRIENDLY

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All meals come packed in recyclable or compostable containers. And we maintain zero food waste in our operation.

FRESH + SEASONAL

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Thanks to our local farmers, we are able to bring you an amazing variety of the freshest vegetables grown in Central Texas.

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"The combination of flavors was unparalleled and so fresh. A great mid day meal to keep your energy level up for the rest of your work day!" - Jennifer Johnston

• FAQs •

Bento (弁当) is Japanese for lunchbox!

Bentos are boxed lunches traditionally made in Japan that include a balanced variety of wholesome, delicious foods presented in a beautiful, appetizing way. We love bento cuisine because it engages all the senses, and it’s as delicious as it is nourishing.

Of course!

We love helping people keep commitments to their health with our array of dietary options including gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, vegetarian, nut-free and dairy-free. If you’d like to place an order with a special off-menu dietary request, please give us a call at 512-987-8767 to discuss the possibilities.

Great question!

Washoku (和食) is the governing philosophy of Japan’s amazing food culture. Washoku is where we learned that if we use five colors, five tastes, and five elements in every meal, the result is quite magical. Even the healthiest ingredients are incredibly enjoyable and strikingly satisfying when they are prepared as part of a complete symphony of flavor, texture and color. So when we say we follow Japanese menu design, we mean that we use a rich variety of colors, tastes and elements in every meal we make. The end result is that our foods are as nourishing as they are delicious.

On East Cesar Chavez, across the street from Juiceland!

2600 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Yes!

Online ordering is easy! Just click here and you’ll find all your favorite bentos + snacks available for pickup or delivery.

Yes!

Click here to read more about all our catering options.

Yep!

Our meals are best enjoyed chilled or at room temperature, so no cooking or reheating is required.

Bentos are best within 3-4 days of when they are packed.

Each bento label is marked with a best by date.

Our bentos range between 300 - 680 calories.

All of our bentos have nutrition information listed on the menu and printed on the packaging as well.

We take sourcing seriously!

We source a delicious selection of non-gmo + organic ingredients from local farmers & responsible purveyors. Our food never contains any added food coloring or preservatives.

Yes!

There’s a note section in the online order form where you can request customizations.

 

CONTACT US

Say hello! e: hello@bentopicnic.com p: 512-987-8767

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