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For 101 things to bring on a picnic, crafted by foodie Mark Bittman of the New York Times, go to 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics.

Blackboard Specials:
Starting today, Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant will be dishing out personal Maine Lobster Bakes, hearty combinations of 1 1/4-pound Maine lobsters, Prince Edward Island mussels and littleneck clams, corn on the cob, steamed fingerling potatoes, and lots of luscious drawn butter. The Maine Lobster Bakes are available seven nights a week and all day on Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 31. The price is $26.95 for the whole enchilada, and $21.95 for a “half bake.” Visit ironhillbrewery.com.

It’s going to be hot and smoky at the World Café Live (upstairs) July 15 at 7 p.m., when executive chef Matthew Babbage works a little global flair into locally grown ingredients. You’ll be licking your lips and your fingers as you feast on American barbecued ribs, hand-carved Brazilian churrasco-style barbequed beef, Valencian seafood paella, grilled vegetables and salad, including locally grown sweet corn and a grand finale of homemade berry pie (served with Belgian Lambic fruit-infused beers). The room will be dressed for the occasion with family-style picnic tables. Cheese, tapas and an Australian wine tasting will start the evening. Then as you jump into dinner, you’ll take a bit of an international tour with these following wines selected by Joe Brandolo, your wine host for the evening:

Schumann Nagler (Germany) Christopher Philipp Riesling
Chateau Foloi (Greece) White

Librandi (Italy) Ciro Rosato

Clos La Coutale (France) Cahors Malbec
Tribal Wines (Spain) Auroch Tinto del Toro Tempranillo

Tickets are $45/person and include alcohol, food, tax and gratuity. To purchase a ticket, go to worldcafelive.com.