For some, it is not the contentious discussions close to the holiday dinner desk that lead to stress. It is the actual table – and the many work concerned in getting ready a wonderfully golden turkey, along with the many aspect dishes and desserts. All those people journeys to your grocery store. All that meal planning. Ugh.
Why don’t you be grateful this calendar year for your lots of Bay Area markets and dining establishments that are ready to try and do the work for you? Regardless of whether you’re looking for a complete distribute to feed 10 or even a couple of unique side dishes to complete your holiday feast, we have observed everything you may need to feed your mates and family – right down to superb, show-stopping pies.
Here are seven Bay Area purveyors, from Oakland’s PieTisserie to Palo Alto’s Belcampo, with gourmand holiday products that healthy the invoice and take the stress off. Shhh. Nobody needs to know.
Gunther’s Cafe & Catering
Searching to feed a small army or just spruce up your desk with a stellar aspect? This German-inspired delicatessen in San Jose has you covered.
Options: A complete evening meal ($30-$50 per person) starts with your choice of four proteins, including slow-roasted free-range turkey with sourdough dressing or simply a Cure 81 smoked honey-baked ham. Whichever option you choose, the entree is accompanied by mashed potatoes, from-scratch turkey gravy, candied yams, green beans amandine, cranberry-apple sauce, a garden salad and fresh-baked Curacao rolls and butter. (Psst, you can also order these merchandise a la carte by the pint or quart.)
This gourmet supermarket chain has thought of virtually every holiday dining scenario, from an inventive vegan food for two, designed in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Vedge Cafe, to a classic organic turkey supper for eight. Also: a whopping 16 aspect dishes available by the pound.
Options: Endless. The Festive Feast for 12 with all the fixings – hello, organic creamed spinach and kale – and two pies will run you $250. Or you can go totally elegant with roasted salt and pepper prime rib, which comes with maple-roasted Brussels sprouts and other sides, for $199 (serves eight).
The pros at Market Hall Foods, both in Oakland and Berkeley, have created so lots of delicious options to the holidays, you may have trouble deciding. Whether or not you want a classic holiday feast, a few fabulous starters or “Everything but the Bird,” this East Bay institution can help.
Options: So several. The Whole Feast ($285) feeds eight to 10 and includes a BN Ranch roasted turkey, carved for even heating, plus all the fixings and pumpkin pie. The vegetarian version, Everything but the Bird ($205), comes with four seasonal veggie dishes, fixings and pie, too.
But it is the fabulous sides and fixings that make Market Hall a stand-out: Melt a half-pint of its truffle butter ($11) into your mashed potatoes or rub it on your bird. Serve your guests a starter of winter squash quiche ($26, serves six-eight). Not feeling turkey this yr? Try the grilled tri-tip served with pomegranate molasses ($32 for a facet that serves two or three, or $64 to serve four to six) or a maple-cured hamlette from Napa’s Walnut Keep Farms ($50, serves six to nine).
This East Oakland shop makes some of the best pies in the Bay Area – impossibly flaky, buttery crusts filled with high-quality, not-too-sweet goodies. And this 12 months, they’re offering five distinctive homemade pies that we’re pretty sure you can’t get anywhere else.
Options: Choose from roasted pumpkin in a chocolate crust ($26), cardamom-spiced apple ($28), raspberry in a dark chocolate crust ($32), ginger-lemon custard in a graham-cracker crust ($24) and a stunning, earthy beet pie ($26).
Nothing says elegance and wow-factor like the salt-encrusted, buttery brioche rolls and sensational cakes and pies at this top-notch bakery, with locations in Los Altos and Los Gatos.
Options: Those beautiful, doughy balls will run you $10 a dozen. And get ready for your news on sweets: This season, Manresa is making apple galettes ($35) with a mix of all-purpose and spelt flours, Rittenhouse Rye whiskey-laced pecan rye pie ($42) and a cranberry pistachio babka ($20) made with pistachio flour. Also: chocolate panettone ($42) and gluten-free pumpkin cake ($24).
Each year, this upscale farm-to-table restaurant in Oakland’s Piedmont neighborhood hosts a Dungeness Crab Feast for all those who don’t want to cook in the days leading up to Thanksgiving (5-10 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22). For take-home, they offer two holiday pies.
Options: Choose an 11-inch fresh pumpkin pie ($30) or an 11-inch brown butter pecan pie ($50) made with a pound and a half of pecans.
Belcampo Meat Co.
Chefs at this upscale butcher shop, with locations in Palo Alto and Larkspur, don’t want you to worry about anything this holiday season. If money is no object, go for the luxury, multi-course feast ($899), which feeds up to 14 and is sourced from Belcampo’s own farm. They even throw in a bottle of Champagne.
What you get: A Belcampo by Mario Batali charcuterie tray and tart apple and butternut squash soup start things off. And the 22- to 26-pound roasted organic turkey is accompanied by 10 sides that range from white truffle mashed potatoes and white cheddar mac and cheese with Belcampo lardons, to whiskey-braised Brussels sprouts with Belcampo guanciale, honey-roasted spiced Thumbelina carrots and a fresh green bean casserole with trumpet mushroom béchamel. A pumpkin pie and an apple caramel pie add a sweet touch. And a bottle of Taittinger Brut La Française Champagne keeps things celebratory.