Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts announces holiday dinners to-go for those not in the mood to cook

The Blue Hat Bakery & Cafe is out of the blocks earlier than many other local restaurants

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      Black Friday is just around the corner, but the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is already thinking about the Christmas season.

      This week, the Blue Hat Bakery & Cafe at the institute unveiled its holiday dinner to-go offerings. Noow available for pre-ordering via the institute's website, they can be picked up on December 23 and 24.

      These meals cost $109 plus tax and can feed two or more people.

      Menu A offers oven-toasted turkey breast. Menu B features star anise and red wine–braised short rib.

      The sides include a warm kale and radicchio salad with butternut squash and walnuts, garlic-infused whipped potatoes, lemon-thyme-glazed winter vegetables, and holiday stuffing. There are two dessert options: chocolate layer cake or traditional sticky pudding.

      Meanwhile, November 28 marks the start of Hanukkah, which is an eight-day Jewish holiday. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it commemorates the recovery of Jerusalem and the rededication of the Second Temple.

      Each night of Hanukkah, one more candle is lit in a menorah. recently published a list of 20 classic Hanukkah recipes. Check them out here.