Panera Bread is one of my favorite family-friendly restaurants in the Boston area, because the food is good, my kids love it, and we can eat pretty quickly.

And, even better, now through August 29, Panera is thanking its loyal fan base with a special summer Fan Appreciation event.

Each week, the Fan Appreciation event will award gourmet picnic baskets (complete with Panera gift cards to fill each basket with the winner’s favorite goodies) to five Panera Bread fans.  This five-week celebration leads up to a grand prize giveaway: from September 17 – 19, one lucky fan and a guest will travel to New York City for a culinary weekend extravaganza.

For additional information about the Fan Appreciation event and prize details, please visit Panera on Facebook, under the “Win a NY Trip” tab.  Registration is quick and easy – simply visit the “Win a NY Trip” tab and click “Enter.”