You Can Order Your Entire Holiday Feast from Whole Foods — and It’s Pretty Epic
For most of the year, the kitchen is the ideal spot to unwind with a glass of wine and a favorite recipe. Come December, though, when you’ve got a calendar full of holiday parties and a house abuzz with family and friends, it can be most relaxing to leave the cooking to the pros. We recently discovered that Whole Foods offers an epic ready-to-heat holiday feast for pick-up. You can order à la carte appetizer platters, sides, mains, and desserts — or choose a whole spread — online via the Whole Foods’ shopping site, and pick up your loot at the Whole Foods nearest you. Offerings vary by region, but the festive feasts below are available across the country.
Didn’t get enough turkey at Thanksgiving? You can make up for lost bites with one of Whole Foods’ five different turkey feasts. We’d go with the Organic Roast Turkey Dinner for Eight ($160), which includes a completely organic spread from roast turkey and gravy to creamy mashed potatoes, traditional herb stuffing, cranberry orange sauce, and creamed spinach and kale.
Chef Jeremy Fox teamed up with Whole Foods to create a vegan holiday feast inspired by recipes from his critically acclaimed restaurant, Rustic Canyon in San Francisco, CA, and his cookbook, On Vegetables ($50). His sophisticated Vegan Meal for Two ($40) includes romanesco cauliflower roast with miso bagna cauda, cremini mushroom stuffing with kimchi, charred escarole with tomatoes and chickpeas, roasted acorn squash with maple and hazelnut dukkah, and frosted sweet potato blondies with spiced cashews.
beef and pork dinners
Prime rib and ham often make their way onto holiday spreads post Thanksgiving. We tried the chain’s showstopping Primer Rib Dinner for Eight ($230), and we’re still thinking about the roasted salt and pepper prime rib with green peppercorn sauce, creamed spinach and kale, maple-roasted Brussels sprouts with pepitas, and roasted fingerling potatoes with garlic and parsley. Also on the menu:
- Spiral-Sliced Ham Dinner for Eight ($130): spiral-sliced ham with maple-mustard glaze, mashed citrus sweet potatoes, green beans with crispy garlic and parsley, and southern cornbread dressing
- Wine-Braised Brisket Dinner for Eight ($130): wine-braised brisket, classic potato latkes with applesauce, cumin-spiced carrots, and green beans with crispy garlic and parsley
large Feasts for 12
If you’re hosting or attending a dinner for a big crowd with widely varying tastes, fret not. Here are two group-friendly feasts with something for everyone:
- Festive Feast for 12 ($270): classic roast turkey, spiral-sliced ham with maple-mustard glaze, creamy mashed potatoes, traditional herb stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry orange sauce, green beans with crispy garlic and parsley, roasted butternut squash with cranberries and sage, creamed spinach and kale, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and dinner rolls
- Ultimate Feast for 12-14 ($450): three-pound shrimp platter, four-cheese platter, salt and pepper prime rib roast, green peppercorn sauce, salt and pepper roasted turkey breast, spiral-sliced ham with maple-mustard glaze, turkey gravy, cranberry orange sauce, maple-roasted Brussels sprouts with pepitas, roasted butternut squash with cranberries and sage, traditional herb stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie, Sister Pie’s cranberry crumble pie, and holiday floral arrangement
Wine, cheese, and dessert
Because you should definitely start your meal with cheese, enjoy it with wine, and end it with dessert, we highly suggest hitting your local Whole Foods for tasty pairings. Have our holiday cheese plate guidelines on hand when shopping. Also, check out our holiday wine pairings infographic to hunt for the best options to go with everything. As far as dessert, all Whole Foods locations will sell Sister Pie’s Cranberry Crumble Pie ($14), which has an all-butter crust, cranberry compote filling, grated pear and warm spices, and an oat crumble topping.
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