Takeout turkey makes Christmas dinner easy


It’s the final countdown to Christmas. Do you know where your turkey dinner is? Martha Stewart may have been basting her bird for weeks now, but not everyone has the time or the inclination to prepare a feast. Perhaps you’ve got a clan to feed but don’t want to cook. Or since it’s just you (or two), a big bird doesn’t make sense.

Here are some options for takeout turkey, from individually packed deli-case dinners to the whole fowl swoop. Don’t wait too long to decide, as many order deadlines are imminent. Many four-star hotels, including the Sutton Place and the Pan Pacific, also do takeout turkey, but they tend to be quite spendy.

If you’ve got most of the meal under control, deli counters can help with sides. Spoon them onto Grandma’s china, garnish lavishly, and present them proudly.

Capers Whole Foods market
(various locations)

A meal that feeds eight includes green beans, fruit and herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, dinner rolls, cranberry relish, and pumpkin pie. The package costs $129.99 with a whole 15.4-to-17.6-pound roast turkey, or $149.99 for the same size organic turkey, or $149 for a 6.6-to 8.8-pound honey-glazed ham. A la carte items include a roasted whole turkey ($49.99 for 10 to 12 pounds) and herb stuffing ($7.99 per pound). Order by December 22. Single portion grab-and-go turkey dinners with all the trimmings are available in the deli case until December 24 for $11.99; there’s also a vegan alternative with a Gardein-stuffed cutlet.

Urban Fare
(various locations)

Every Wednesday and Sunday year-round, Urban Fare stores offer individual eat-in or takeout turkey dinners for $13.99 that include sliced turkey, mashed potatoes or rice, gravy, and steamed veggies.

Max’s Bakery & Delicatessen
(3105 Oak Street, 604-733-4838 [521 West 8th Avenue location is closed for renovations])
A turkey dinner that feeds 15 to 18 people—including a 20-to-22-pound free-range, nonmedicated turkey, stuffing, steamed veggies, mashed potatoes and yams, cranberry sauce, and gravy—costs $149.99. A roast chicken that feeds four, plus the same trimmings minus the cranberry sauce, is $55. You can also order half a bird, a ham instead of turkey, or other combinations. Order by noon on December 22 for pickup on December 24.

Fraiche Restaurant
(2240 Chippendale Road, West Vancouver, 604-925-7595)
Fraîche executive chef Wayne Martin’s new catering venture, Heirloom Catering, is offering take-home turkey dinners at $40 per person (no minimum number). These include butternut squash soup, sliced turkey, whipped potatoes, walnut and apple dressing, cranberries, gravy, and sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce. Order by e-mail at andrew.sward@heirloomcatering.ca by December 20 for pickup at Fraí®che on December 24.

Elixir bistro
(350 Davie Street, 604-642-6787 ext. 2026)
Executive chef Don Letendre’s to-go menu is priced at $40 per person (no minimum number) and includes boneless stuffed turkey breast, pork stuffing, roasted root vegetables, puréed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin tart. Order by 4 p.m. on December 21 for pickup December 24 or 25.

(2779 Arbutus Street, 604-731-3474)

This store, which specializes in ready-to-cook and fully prepared gourmet meals to go, is offering roasted B.C. free-range nonmedicated turkeys for $8 per pound, starting at 12 pounds. A smaller option at about four pounds is a roasted B.C. free-range chicken for $7.50 per pound. An additional $32 gets you sides and dessert for two, including hazelnut apple sage stuffing, onion and potato Dauphinoise, roasted winter veggies, and sticky toffee pudding. Order by December 18 for December 23 pickup.

T&T supermarket
(various locations)

Whole Chinese-style roast turkeys go for $4.99 per pound, while whole smoked turkeys are $5.99 per pound. Party trays are also available, including one with smoked salmon and scallops that serves six to 10 for $25.88. Order three days prior to pickup, until January 3. Stores are open December 25.

Hon’s Wun-Tun House
(various locations)
Whole Chinese-style roast turkey is $7.35 per pound. A party combo for 25 that includes a turkey plus six party menu items, such as Shanghai noodles and Buddha’s Feast veggies, costs $228. Order two days prior to pickup at 604-688-0871, extension 290. All locations are open December 25.

If you’d rather eat out on December 25, four-star-hotel Christmas dinner menus generally run upward from $80 per person. The William Tell at the Georgian Court Hotel (765 Beatty Street, 604-688-3504), however, is offering three four-course set menus starring turkey for $44.50 per person, poached salmon for $54.50, and beef tenderloin for $64.50.

For those who want to keep it casual, the Irish Heather (210 Carrall Street) is open Christmas Day. It’s especially welcoming for those on their own, with a Long Table communal breakfast at 11 a.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. A full Irish breakfast with coffee or tea is $15, and a three-course roast turkey dinner (vegetarian option available) including a beer is $25. Reservations are essential at sean@irishheather.com.

Comments (4) Add New Comment
According to the Whole Foods website, their turkey dinner is $129/$149, not $99/$119 as the article states.
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Carolyn Ali
Matthew, thanks for pointing this out.

I've checked again with Whole Foods, and the correct prices are $129 for the turkey or ham dinner for eight people, and $149 for the organic turkey dinner. The story above has been revised to reflect this. The problem originated with a publicist who gave me incorrect information.
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Mark OMeara
Don't forget White Spot. They have a nice turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes etc.
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make certain your readers are aware that the whole foods turkey dinner is not cooked. I was surprised when it was advertised as a brined turkey and when i picked it up shortly before dinner realized the brine was in a container and the turkey was raw..giblets etc still in the turkey
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