Picnic Like a Pro
Once a month during summer, Stir will be offering a limited number of ready-to-go picnic baskets, each filled with food and beverages inspired by a specific theme: “Classic Victorian Picnic” (June), “A Southern Affair” (July), and “The Mediterranean Experience” (August). Each basket is $125 for 2 people and includes utensils, a New Hampshire-made birch picnic basket, house-made crackers, spreads, charcuterie from The Butcher Shop, salads, pickles, sandwiches, baked desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages such as elderflower lemonade. For the first picnic pop-up on June 20, Stir will be made utilizing produce from Stir’s next door neighbor, Siena Farms, in a transportable feast that includes two types of tea sandwiches, Pâte de Campagne, fruit salad with Merrick’s local honey, a sweet tart made by No. 9 Park’s Mary Edinger, and more.
June 20, 1-3 p.m., 102 Waltham St., Boston; email@example.com or 617-423-7847
Beacon Hill Bistro
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro has brought back its popular “Picnic Style” amenity for a true al fresco dining experience. Located just steps away from the Public Garden and Boston Common, guests can order a personally-curated basket and enjoy lunch or dinner amidst some of Boston’s most beautiful surroundings. Choose from a la carte options like Beacon Hill Bistro’s grilled sirloin burger, roast chicken BLT, Connecticut-style crab roll, fresh chèvre omelet, steak frites, tagliatelle with duck confit, and more. Customers must call a minimum of one hour in advance to reserve, and must leave a form of identification as a deposit until basket and blanket are returned. The picnic lunch service is available from Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and during dinner service from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
25 Charles St., Boston; 617-723-1133 or beaconhillhotel.com.
Popular Italian steakhouse, Davio’s, is also getting in on the fancy picnic trend this year. Their pre-packed basket costs $95 and features a three-course meal for two, including fresh salads (classic Caesar, mixed greens, baby arugula with shaved Reggiano), sandwiches (chicken salad, caprese, chicken parm, prosciutto with fresh mozzarella), desserts (fresh fruit, assorted Italian cheeses), and a choice of sparkling or still water. Guests must call a minimum of one hour in advance to reserve, and must leave a form of identification as a deposit until basket and blanket are returned. Davio’s picnic basket is only available from Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and during dinner service from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
$95 for two people ($50 refund with picnic basket return), June-August, 75 Arlington St., Boston; 617-357-4810.