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From classic turkey to bento boxes to brunch, all the holiday to-go kits for effortless holiday gatherings
After the year we’ve all had, all we want for Christmas is comfort (and maybe a five-day nap). And with some semblance of holiday gatherings and get-togethers still in order with your closest family members or chosen bubble, the culinary teams at some of our Vancouver favourites have been cooking up some creative take-out kits to bring you as much comfort as possible this season. Here is your comprehensive holiday takeout list.
Our reigning Restaurant of the Year also happens to be in the Sutton Place Hotel, so they know a thing or two about being able to replicate a dinner perfectly. Their Christmas offering comes in two iterations. The Turkey one ($218 cold, $268 hot) starts with their rightly famous corn bread with spiced butternut squash soup before hitting the classics: Brined and Sage Roasted Turkey Breast and Slow Roasted Legs, Madeira Scented Giblet Gravy andTraditional Cranberry Sauce, Brioche, Apples, Chestnut and Thyme Stuffing, Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Honey Glazed Carrots. Dessert is Black Forest Cake. Feed 4-5
The Prime Rib ($275/$325) option subs out the stuffing with Yorkshire puddings and also feeds 4-5. Is it us or does this seem like less of an option and more like a Christmas Eve, Christmas Day double feature?
Another huge benefit to the Sutton Place locale means that this is one of the few places which allows pick on the 23rd, 24th or 25th. Click here to order.
The big-hearted Fraser St. spot is doing both a dinner and a breakfast (or dinner and brunch if you’re a baller). The theme is big flavours (definitely in their strike zone) for smaller groups (you don’t have a choice. For dinner ($175 for 4 people) it’s their take on the classics: roasted turketta with apples and sage (think porchetta with less fat), cornbread stuffing with sausage, pomme puree (that’s mashed potatoes, kids), root veg, brussels sprouts, gravy, hot sauce, lingonberry sauce, apple hand pies with bourbon caramel (phew!). Breakfast ($75) sees Chef Sean Reeve riff on his childhood faves: tomato and spinach strata with aged cheddar and ricotta, eggnog cinnamon buns with cream cheese frosting (just, wow) and bacon and sausages.
Pick-up is Dec 23rd and includes a video of how to prepare everything, with Chef Sean taking you through all the steps. Order here.
The Old Havana-inspired Commercial Drive restaurant is offering Nochebuena Meal Kits for Two ($60). The kit is designed to be indulged in on Christmas Eve, that for Latin American cultures is big the event. Chow down on lechen asado (marinated pork belly), mashed sweet potato, Spanish yellow rice and guiso de berenjena (eggplant and tomoto stew). And to top it off, pumpkin-spiced flan.
Partial proceeds of each meal kit will also be donated to the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre, to support their 2021 programming.
Pickup is available on December 23 or December 24.
Orders may be placed online.
The Sequoia Company of Restaurant’s—Cardero’s, The Sandbar, Seasons in the Park and The Teahouse—pre-made Holiday Turkey Dinner ($79 for two) is available to pick up at all four locations. The multi-course kit comes ready to heat and serve, with white and dark turkey, complemented with sides like butternut squash soup, classic stuffing and mashed potatoes.
Pickup is available on December 24 at all four Sequoia Company locations.
Pre-orders may be placed online.
This year especially, el Santo’s chef Sam Fabbro want families to maximize their bonding time. With that said, the New West contemporary Mexican spot is bringing back their take-home family meals this season, so you can ease off on time spent in the kitchen. The turkey galantine set ($175) includes an achiote-rubbed turkey galantine topped with an annatto seed-infused turkey gravy. The veggie option features a caramelized sunchoke terrine ($120). Both options also feature fried Brussels sprouts with gremolata and pumpkin seed hummus, crispy potato pavé, mushroom risotto and golden churros. Hot tip, there’s also margarita kit available (from $110).
Take-home meals are available for order until December 14. Pickup will be available on December 23 and 24, between 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Orders may be placed over email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone.
Juke’s Turducken Feast Package ($179) includes a trio of roasted turkey, duck and chicken to feed four. It also includes some hearty sides, like scalloped potatoes, leek and sausage stuffing, Brussels sprouts with bacon jam, jalapeño cornbread and turkey gravy. It’s a meat-lovers paradise.
Pickup is available on December 22 or December 23.
The PICA’s Blue Hat Bakery-Café is offering two meal options for their Holiday Dinner To Go—rosemary citrus turkey ($45 per person) or roast beef ($55 per person). Both feature sides like kale, cranberry and squash salad, honey-roasted beets and brown butter carrots and parsnips, among others. There’s also some choice for dessert too—caramelized apple pie, sticky toffee pudding, or gluten free chocolate layer cake, do we have to pick just one?
Pickup is available on December 23 or December 24.
For six loved ones, Hawksworth’s gourmet Holiday Turkey To-Go (from $440) features light and dark meat with traditional stuffing, pomme puree, and house-made buttermilk and chive biscuits. There’s also a whole cocktail kit ($69), so drinks and dinner are covered.
Orders must be placed by December 11, for pickup available from December 21 to December 26.
Orders may be placed online.
Aburi Restaurants—Miku, Minami, Gyoza Bar—are all offering holiday specials to-go. At Miku, the multi-layered Holiday Bento Box ($130) for two, includes miso-cured duck breast, AAA filet mignon and Aburi salmon, plus many others. Minami’s five tier Holiday Bento Box ($250) features a three-course bento from their kitchen and sushi bar. Think, Aburi beef carpaccio, AAA butler steak and chicken ballotine, and much more. Then there’s Gyoza Bar’s Holiday Platter ($60), for four to six people, with spicy pork ribs, Marukatsu ebi fry, crispy vegetable gyoza and edamame.
Available throughout December.
Order by phone or at exploretock.com.
Sometimes brining, stuffing and roasting that turkey is more than kitchen work for one day. So, to complement your main course, Nuba’s Holiday Side Dish Package ($75) includes six sides dishes that feed four. There’s onion walnut bread stuffing, pomegranate braised carrots, mashed parsnips, to name a few. Simply heat at 350F while the turkey is resting.
Delivery and pickup is available from December 22 to December 24.
For their eighth season, Railtown’s Turkey To-Go comes in two sizes depending on your bubble, the half size ($249), for five to six people, or the full size ($349), for eight to ten close family members. The kit comes ready to heat and serve, featuring sage-roasted turkey and all the traditional festive fixings: maple-glazed sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and apricot chestnut stuffings. And most importantly, homemade pecan pie for dessert.
Delivery and pickup is available from December 23 to December 26.
Homer Street Café’s three-course Homer for the Holidays ($85) generously serves two (so, leftovers anyone?). the heat-and-serve package features classic sage-roast turkey served with country-style gravy, Brussels sprouts, traditional stuffing and mashed potatoes.
Pickup is available on December 22 and December 23.
Orders may be placed online via tock.
The chefs at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Notch8 have a few to-go tricks up their sleeve. For the holidays, there’s Prime Rib To-Go ($300) and Christmas Ham To-Go ($199), both with Yorkshire pudding, Brussels sprouts and Yukon golden mashed potatoes. And of course, they’ve got your classic Turkey To-Go ($230), with all the festive fixings. Each package feeds four to six people, and comes with heating instructions, so all will go smoothly.
Pickup is available between December 18 and December 25
The Glowbal Group is keeping things very close to home this year. Their buffet-style Christmas Eve Dinner at Home ($350) includes a slow-roasted half turkey, herb-crusted striploin, roasted butternut squash soup, wedge salad and other delectable sides. There’s a selection of desserts too, and those candy cane cheesecake pops are looking really sweet. If holiday brunch is more your thing, the culinary team is also doing a Festive Brunch at Home ($240) in mid-December. The kit includes a combination of meats, seafood and sweet pastries. We’re looking forward to extravagant take-out all December long now.
The brunch kit is available for pickup on December 13 and the dinner kit is available for pickup on December 24.
The comfort food spot’s Heritage Holiday Feast (from $69) has several creative dishes in their ready-to-be-enjoyed kits. Think heritage chicken, BBQ pork, truffle siu mai, and crystal scallop and pea tip dumplings. There’s an option for two to four or four to six loved ones, but the team at Heritage has made sure they’ll be ample room for leftovers too.
Orders may be placed online or by phone.
With all the excitement, we could all use an extra hand on Christmas morning. Café Medina’s Festive Brunch Kit for two ($125) or for four ($175), includes everything you need: a selection of their signature main dishes (like fricasée and cassoulet), a six-pack of Liège waffles with salted caramel and lavender syrup to top, coffee beans from 49th Parallel and a mimosa kit, including freshly-squeezed orange juice and a bottle of Chandon California brut.
Pickup and limited delivery is available on December 23 and December 24.
For more intimate gatherings this year, Edge Catering’s Be the Holiday Hero! has you set for a no-fuss holiday celebration with meal kits that feed two ($80) or six ($240). The menu includes slow-roasted herb-brined turkey, port gravy, apple and cranberry stuffing, Yukon gold buttermilk mashed potatoes and more traditional fixings. (I think this meal kit is the real hero here).
Plus, all holiday orders will also will benefit the Ronald McDonald’s House “Home for Dinner” Program.
Pickup and delivery is available on December 23 and December 24.
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s culinary team is doing your classic full Turkey Dinner To-Go ($399) for larger families of eight to ten people and a Christmas Dinner for Two To-Go ($99), perfect for a couple staying home for the holidays. If you’re looking for festive fun, that’s even less conventional, their Festive Afternoon Tea To-Go ($38 per person) is a kit of savoury tea sandwiches, scones and a selection of holiday-themed sweets, all to-go. BRB, we’re planning our own holiday afternoon tea party.
Pickup is available from December 18 to December 31.
Orders may be placed online via Tock.
Forage has a couple of take-out dinners going on. The Holiday Take-out Dinner ($45 per person) offers a combination of a JD Farms specialty turkey, with chanterelle mushroom and turkey chorizo stuffing, and a Gelderman Farms smoked boneless pork rack. Or, for the vegans out there, a nut roast with miso maple gravy. For a larger crowd, the Take-out Whole Turkey + Trimmings ($345) includes a whole roasted turkey, ready to carve (with all the traditional side dishes, naturally).
The Take-out Dinner is available for pickup from December 18 to December 25. The Whole Turkey Dinner is available for pickup December 24 to December 26.
Bacchus has several festive feasts. Their 12 Days of Christmas heat-and-serve dinners, for two to six loved ones (from $72), include European-inspired dishes like coq au vin blanc, balsamic glazed beef shank, and lambs shanks kokkinisto. And on the twelfth day of Christmas, the Bacchus Traditional Holiday Turkey Dinner ($79 per person) features turkey marinated in winter herbs and spices, whipped Yukon potatoes, cauliflower and clove-infused cranberry sauce, and Christmas pudding.
12 Days of Christmas orders are available for pickup from December 12 to December 23. Orders may be placed online via Tock.
For the the Holiday Turkey Dinner, orders may placed online, until December 17. Pickup is available on December 24.
Terminal City is bringing easy-peasy holiday feasting this season with their Holiday Turkey Meal Kit ($275). The kit includes an oven-ready and marinated turkey breast and confit turkey leg, for four to six people, with all classic fixings, of course. Alternatively, their Holiday Prime Rib Kit ($295) includes a two-bone oven-ready prime rib roast, Yorkshire pudding and butternut squash soup.
Pickup is available throughout December.
The Irish Heather’s Christmas Dinner at Home, for two ($50), four ($100) or six ($150), arrives oven-ready and includes sliced turkey breast, boned and rolled turkey leg with herbed bread stuffing, cheesy broccoli bake and braised red cabbage. And to top it all off, festive eggnog bread pudding.
Pickup and delivery is available from December 22 to December 24.
For those craving a steakhouse-inspired holiday dinner, sister restaurants Hy’s and Gotham are doing just that. Hy’s Steakhouse’s four-course Holiday Dinner ($120 per person) includes a choice of New York filet or rib steak and sides like signature cheese toast and mashed potatoes; while Gotham’s Holiday Dinner ($125 per person) includes creamy lobster bisque, an organic winter green salad and a choice of New York filet or rib steak with fingerling potatoes, cauliflower gratin and candied beets. At both restaurants, DIY cocktails kits also available for (very small) holiday celebrations.
Available throughout December.
Orders may be placed online at hyssteakhouse.com and gothamsteakhouse.com.
The Lazy Gourmet is serving up a Porchetta roast feast for six for $220, complete with a red endive and frisee salad, smashed crunchy potatoes and caramelized root vegetables. There’s also turkey options (for a more classic dinner) and a stuffed acorn squash option (for the veggie fans)—both can be ordered based on the number of people in your household, ’cause we don’t all have a family of four.
Order online for delivery or pickup by December 18.
Regardless of the size of your dinner, H Tasting Lounge has Christmas covered—they have options for 6-8 ($350), 10-12 ($450), or individual portioned meals ($59 and totally ideal for Zoom dinners). There’s turkey, brioche stuffing, Bayshore honey glazed root vegetables, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, scratch gravy, cranberry-orange sauce, and a chocolate yule log cake.
The meals are available for pick-up on December 24, 25 and 26. Order through Tock.