The holidays can be stressful, expensive, and challenging for a lot of folks. I’m here to make sure you’re well-nourished, without all the hooplah.
By Brittany Tiplady
Let’s face it: cooking a full, traditional, tried-and-true holiday meal is an exhausting feat. If you’re not up to the challenge this year – or if you’re keeping your holiday circle small and intimate – why not let the pros do the dirty work? If you’re hosting a large gathering we’ve listed a few catering companies to save the day with inventive holiday meals available for pre-order. If dining out is more your thing, I’ve found a selection of restaurants across Metro Vancouver serving up hot holiday meals at a variety of price points and ambiances.
Whether your kitchen chops need a little bit of work, or you’re simply just too busy to whip up a holiday feast, the Lazy Gourmet has you covered. A festival Holiday set menu includes Rosemary Focaccia with Honey Chili Butter, Turkey or Beet Wellington, and plenty of unique, show stopping side dishes. This menu is for a minimum of 4.
The deadline to order is fast approaching! Submit yours before the December 16 cut-off.
1545 West 3rd ave
Christmas Dinner pre-orders are now available from JRG and ready for pick up at participating locations. Turkey Dinner in your Home comes with your choice of Whole Roasted Fraser Valley Turkey or Maple Mustard Artisan Ham. Choose from a dinner for 6, or 2.
Do you typically host large holiday gatherings? Consider putting your feet up this year, and opt for catering. Ritz catering in Langley, BC has two holiday catering menus— packages can include delivery and set up buffet style, or individually packaged meals. Choose from a Traditional Hot Holiday lunch or dinner menu, or a Festive Hot Holiday lunch or dinner menu. Both come with multiple courses and vegetarian options. Holiday meals are for a minimum of 20 people.
19289 Langley Bypass #104
The brand new R&D Kitchen by White Spot, located at the newly renovated Brentwood Mall complex is gearing up for the holidays with a special menu offering: Turkey dinner! Enjoy their elevated take on a classic holiday meal with rainbow carrots, brussels sprouts, garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sherry gravy and pumpkin cheesecake. If you prefer to take it home, R&D is offering a Heat and Serve option for two.
Order or book here
200-8223 Sherbrooke Street
Newlands is somewhat of a family staple for folks in the Fraser Valley, and a reliable joint for festive fare. This year, Newlands offers a selection of holiday-inspired dining experiences for all age groups! Check out pricing, menus, and events and more here.
21025 48 Ave
If you’re going to rid yourself of cooking and hosting duties this year, why not do so in gorgeous Queen Elizabeth Park? With set menus available for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Seasons in the Park never seizes to be an excellent option for high-end occasion dining. The Christmas Eve prix-fixe menu starts at 4 pm at $65 per person and the Christmas Day prix-fixe menu at $98 per person begins at 3 pm.
West 33rd Avenue
Holiday dinner traditions are more fun (and sometimes more delicious!) when they don’t fit the stereotypical bill. According to Tourism Coquitlam, Sun Star restaurant is open on Christmas day, serving Chinese and Western dishes for dine-in or take out. Popular, beloved dishes at Sun Star Restaurant include the ginger beef, sweet and sour pork, butter almond chicken, and house special chow mein/fried rice. While devouring your delicious takeout, check out the TELUS originals docuseries House Special, all about the Chinese Canadian experience through the lens of small-town Asian food joints, specifically episode 4 “New Traditions.” In this timely episode, host Jackie Kai Ellis “learns the origin story of why Jewish people eat Chinese food on Christmas day and makes a stop at the birthplace of Ginger Beef. Jackie makes the iconic morning after Christmas dish, turkey congee.”
631 Lougheed HWY
There are many ways to get to each of these spots in downtown Vancouver by transit. Visit TransLink’s Trip Planner to find your way.