Bring it on home
Want a holiday meal without all the fuss? Here are a few takeout options perfect for seasonal entertaining.
Entertaining is easy with LaDonna’s custom cheese platter.
We tend to eat out a bit more around the holidays. Whether it is for work parties, friends’ dinner parties or just to get out of our own kitchens, restaurants seem to fill up around Christmas and Hanukkah. There are a few great places in town, however, where you can get your dinner and then bring it home to eat.
Need help with your sides for the big feast? Don’t want to tackle that big roast? Let one of these great gourmet takeout spots do the dirty work for you.
Most of these markets were in the midst of planning for the holidays when this issue went to press, so I will post their holiday menus on my blog, Table Talk, at TulsaPeople.com when they become available.
The tiny Pare, which James Shrader, Palace Café chef/owner, recently took over, has expanded its menu, as well as its hours. Whether you need help with dinner or are in search of a specialty ingredient (preserved lemons, anyone?), Pare is sure to satisfy. Holiday dinners are available as a package deal, or a la carte. The raw beet and apple salad is a festive addition to any winter menu, and truffled mashed potatoes are wonderful with anything — even a fork right out of the container! Pare also specializes in full-service catering, so contact the store soon to get on the calendar.
Hours: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. 1441 S. Quaker Ave., Suite A; 918-582-7273 (PARE);
Tim Inman, Stonehorse Café chef/owner, spent several months traveling back and forth from Chicago to Tulsa to attend the acclaimed French Pastry School. The effort has seriously paid off in his growing Stonehorse Market, located next door to the restaurant. I try my hardest to make a weekly trek to grab a loaf of the seeded levain bread (in my opinion, the best loaf of bread in town). The market offers more than a half-dozen varieties of bread, in addition to house-made croissants and other pastries and desserts. There is a meat case filled with some gorgeous cuts of beef, lamb and pork; giant herb-rubbed chickens ready for the roasting pan; and an assortment of sides. The freezer is stocked with ready-to-serve meals, the salad bar overflows with ingredients ready for tossing and the rest of the market is filled with goodies to stuff in your bag — gourmet cheeses, preserves, house-made sausages and bulk grains and beans.
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. 1748 Utica Square, 918-712-9350, www.uticasquare.com
Boston Deli Grill & Market
For more than 20 years, Boston Deli Grill & Market has been a popular deli by day, serving upscale contemporary food by night. Chalkboard specials change weekly, but Boston Deli always offers a few of our favorites — Hasty-Baked hickory-smoked turkey, spiral ham and prime rib are popular holiday choices. An assortment of potatoes, veggies, sauces and pies round out the holiday menu. Planning a holiday party? Whether it’s a box lunch for two or a wedding for 500, Boston Deli can take care of your catering needs.
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. 6231 E. 61st St. (Park Plaza Center), 918-492-4745, www.thebostondeli.com
Celebrating 25 delicious years, this quirky deli offers so much variety, it is mind-blowing, including sliced deli meats, dozens of build-your-own sandwich varieties, prepared foods, frozen casseroles and house-made hors d’oeuvres. The cashier is surrounded by kitschy gifts — perfect for thanking your favorite hostess or stuffing those stockings. Lambrusco’z holiday menu includes a complete dinner — with your choice of prime rib, pork tenderloin or sweet ham — or a bevy of a la carte items and desserts. The Italian cream cake is worth the price of admission alone. Or grab a few “magic squares” (chocolate chip, coconut and graham cracker treats) to keep you inspired while wrapping gifts.
Hours: 11 a.m-7 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m-5 p.m., Saturday. 1344 E. 41st St., 918-496-1246,
The rotisserie is always turning at this Brookside shop, attached to the popular Local Table restaurant. Chef and owner Tuck Curren and his wife, Kate, have stocked the cases with Local Table and Biga favorites, as well as a slew of delicious dinner building blocks — roasted beets and garlic confit, to name a couple. Kate has perfected the Parmesan crisps. They are addicting, so make sure you grab two packages, one for you and one for your guests. Tuck’s infamous sourdough bread is baked fresh daily. The chalkboard announces daily specials. Tuck told me he has been flirting with the idea of “plane meals” and has bought some insulated bags full of nibbles for customers to carry on — perfect for holiday travel, when you don’t know where your next meal is going to come from.
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday (through the restaurant only). 4329 S. Peoria Ave., 918-794-8805
LaDonna’s Fancy Foods
You might think LaDonna’s is just a cheese shop, but it is so much more. The staff is always busy in the kitchen whipping up homemade dips and spreads. Remember the Italian Inn cheese spread? LaDonna’s has an even better version. They make tons of their delicious cranberry cherry chutney around the holidays. It has been so popular that they have it on hand year round.
Cheese trays are truly tailor-made to individual needs — based on the number of people, other foods and beverages you are serving and your budget. They will make it fit and work for you. Additionally, if you bring in your own trays to use, LaDonna’s will save you the expense of a boring plastic one.
LaDonna’s also offers an impressive chocolate selection — from bacon bars to single-origin plantation chocolates — as well as teas and coffees to serve after dinner.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. 1615 E. 15th St., 918-582-1523,