The holidays certainly look different this year.
As we navigate a world of socially distanced celebrations and Zoom familial gatherings, there is still a mast we may cling to: delicious, locally made food and libations.
From to-go restaurant specials to festive foodie events, here is but a smattering of the city’s food and drink happenings that are sure to help get you through the rest of 2020. Check them out:
Get it to go
Belmont Butchery has the holiday cheese plates you didn’t know you needed. Choose from the Crowd Pleaser or Cheesemonger’s Choice, the latter for the more adventurous turophiles.
Place an order by Nov. 20 for your Cajun fried turkey with all the fixins’ from Big Herm’s. You can also start placing orders now through Dec. 20 for your Christmas feast.
New restaurant and market Blue Atlas is accepting orders for Thanksgiving meals and a la carte items through Nov. 20. It also will have half- and whole-case wine packages available.
Visit the Brenner Pass online holiday shop to purchase a Thanksgiving feast, wine box or cheese and charcuterie plates. Better yet: Snag all three.
Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market has a bevy of Thanksgiving options available to order online, including local harvest beef tenderloin, stuffed acorn squash and vegan gravy.
Hobnob is now taking orders for Thanksgiving. The $180 meal feeds six and includes a whole smoked turkey, cornbread stuffing, candied yams, cranberry-orange sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, green bean and mushroom casserole, parker house rolls and pumpkin pie.
Homemades by Suzanne has all – and we mean all – your Thanksgiving needs covered. Choose from breakfast dishes like quiche and ambrosia salad, appetizers like cream of five onion soup and pimento cheese and all the turkey-day dinner entrees and sides your heart desires.
Order your Thanksgiving meal from Kitchenette through Monday, Nov. 23. Choose from a roasted turkey or pineapple glazed ham, plus a variety of traditional sides.
Libbie Market is also accepting orders now through Nov. 23 for its holiday pies, turkeys, hams, side dishes and dinner rolls.
Longoven has you covered for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The Thanksgiving menu includes roasted duck, sweet potato rolls and tiramisu.
Order Mama J’s classics like greens and yams plus turkey and stuffing through Nov. 20.
Metzger Bar & Butchery’s holiday shop is open through Nov. 19. Order beautifully latticed Thanksgiving pies plus milk bread pull-a-parts and German bier packs.
Mosaic’s Thanksgiving menu is live — place your order through Nov. 23 for a meal that includes delectable choices like herb Dijon crusted bistro beef medallions and smoked Gouda pimento mac and cheese.
Nomad Deli & Catering Co. has holiday-inspired packages. Order a spiral ham, whole-fired turkey and sausage-sage stuffing for your table.
Place an order for a Thanksgiving smoked turkey dinner from Parterre through Nov. 20. All orders include a 12- to 14-pound bird, plus home-style turkey gravy and cranberry-orange relish and honey butter rolls, plus a choice of four sides.
Order full meals, a la carte items and sweater-weather cocktails from Perch through Nov. 23.
Shagbark may have sold out of Thanksgiving suppers, but you can still place orders for local fruits de terre and mer like Edwards of Surry country ham and Chesapeake she-crab soup.
Local burrito biz Sous Casa is taking orders for Thanksgiving bowls – the hearty bowls are $4 a piece, and you can order bowls to be donated starting at $3.50. Sous Casa hopes to donate more than 1,000 bowls to local nonprofits this season.
Spoonbread Bistro has heat-and-eat Thanksgiving packages that feed four to six people and include three entree options: sliced turkey breast and ham, marinated lamb racks and prime rib.
Taste has an expansive a la carte Thanksgiving menu available as well as a full meal that feeds four and includes an herb-roasted turkey breast stuffed with Virginia apple-sage stuffing, a choice of sides, biscuits and desserts. Order now through Nov. 22
Mark your calendar
The Jasper is holding Miracle on Cary Street – the to-go version – starting Wednesday, Nov. 18. Miracle on Cary Street is part of the international Miracle Christmas themed cocktail pop-up franchise, founded in 2014 by New Yorker Greg Boehm. While this year folks won’t be able to settle down at Jasper’s bar and sip snowball old-fashioneds in person, you’ll still be able to capture a little cheer with festive bottled cocktails. Plus, patrons can peek inside the bar to check out the holiday decorations – like a festival of lights, on foot. With booze.
Make your holiday themed pop-up bar rounds and head over to Jingle Belle: a Woke Holiday Story for a pumpkin-spiced martini and seared foie gras crostini. The brainchild of Soul Taco, Jingle Belle is open through the end of the year at 700 E. Main St. Book your table online now for indoor and outdoor dining, plus Sunday brunch.
If you’re looking for a coronavirus-safe space to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Tobacco Co. is now accepting reservations for Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday Dec. 25. Its menu includes pecan and pumpkin pie, plus a harvest dinner that includes roasted turkey breast or smoked ham and a choice of traditional sides.Back to The Holiday Almanac