8 food and cocktail kits to make your life easier this holiday season | Populist

8 food and cocktail kits to make your life easier this holiday season | Populist

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For most, the December season is usually a stress-inducing time and a big chunk of that stress revolves around holiday hosting.  Even though this season will look a little different (distant) and gatherings will vary, you can still safely entertain and enjoy the festive spirit without the hassle of long grocery store lineups and the pressure of cooking a full holiday meal from scratch.

Whether you are cooking for yourself or for your “safe six,” we’re leaning on local cafes, restaurants and cocktail bars, and delivery service providers for options. Ranging from expertly crafted cocktail kits to delectable, ready-to-eat packages, the following locally made kits are guaranteed to satisfy (and make your life a little easier).

8 Pidgin

If you are looking to challenge yourself this holiday season by creating a restaurant quality meal at home, Pidgin is putting together premium meal kits called Carrier Pidgin.

Create a multi-course meal simply by seasoning a few items! Your box will come complete with thorough instructions as well as a link to the Pidgin site which will have quirky, instructional videos and information and detailed information about the farmers and products.

Carrier Pidgin meals will be available via and via take-out by calling 604.620.9400.

Where |  350 Carrall Street

7 Caffé La Tana

Feeding a famiglia? Specialty Italian grocery store, Caffe La Tana, offers a variety of house made ‘heat & serve’ meals and ‘some assembly required’ pizza and pasta kits that will help you re-create a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your home.

The Fox Boxes are generously packed and offer your choice of easy to put together colazione (that’s breakfast in Italian), spaghetti and meatballs, and pollo e pasta!

Where | 635 Commercial Drive 

6 Giovane Cafe

Giovane Café is inspiring home chefs this season by offering unforgettable gourmet experiences with a new series of Holiday Gift Boxes now available from its downtown Vancouver location in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.

An ideal holiday gift idea for friends, family, clients or your cowokers, the new festive gift boxes are available to order online for pickup or in-store shopping and include a variety of gourmet products, kitchen equipment and recipes to create authentic, Italian-inspired food, wine and coffee experiences at home.

Our Pick

The Cavatelli — For those hands-on, at-home chefs and pasta lovers, this kit includes a handmade cavatelli board and rolling pin set paired with all ingredients required to prepare a traditional ‘Alla Norma’ sauce for $95 plus tax or $125 plus tax with optional wine pairing.

Where | 1049 West Cordova Street 

5 Juke Fried Chicken

‘Tis the season for turducken! This holiday season, Juke Fried Chicken is offering their crowd-favourite chicken-stuffed-into-a-duck-stuffed-into-a-turkey feast in the form of a meal kit package! The holiday turducken kit includes an array of hearty sides as well as a detailed written and video instructions from chef and co-owner Bryan Satterford.

Meal kits are available December 22 to 23 and cost $179 plus tax.

Where | 182 Keefer Street 

4 Belgard Kitchen

For minimal Christmas dinner prep and maximum deliciousness, Belgard Kitchen‘s holiday meal kits are a great option. Turkey, two ways, these box-meals will please every guest.

The Menu

  • Turkey, two ways: stuffed and rolled breast, confit legs, gravy, cranberry sauce
  • Twice Baked Rosemary & Goat Cheese Bread Pudding
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Vegetable Pave
  • Salted Caramel Apple Crumble

Where | 55 Dunlevy Avenue 

3 Chickadee

Contact-free, ’80s-themed cocktail bar Chickadee is helping merrymakers brush up on their at-home drink-slinging skills by offering a variety of signature Chickadee Cocktail Kits custom created by its all-star bar team of Sabrine Dhaliwal and Lily Duong for $99 per kit.

Available to order for pickup online, each of the four unique Chickadee Cocktail Kits allows amateur and professional bartenders alike to shake up their choice of either tequila, gin, bourbon or vodka and enjoy three different recipes per kit. Each one includes step-by-step recipes, instructions, and all the necessary supplies to make a dozen cocktails.

Where | 135 Keefer Street 

2 The Keefer Bar

Keeping the boozy vibes flowing, our friends at The Keefer Bar have also put together cocktail kits perfect for the aspiring home bartender. With 20 cocktail kits available, you can shake, stir, and serve up Keefer Bar’s most popular creations like the Rosemary Gimlet and the Keefer 75.

Bonus: All kits include noodles!

Where | 135 Keefer Street 

1 Nuba

Nuba‘s new meal kits include enough fresh, healthy and delicious food for between 12 and 20 portions to enjoy over multiple meals and are available for direct delivery. For each kit ordered from now through December 31, Nuba will donate two meals to the WISH Centre, a local charity that works to improve the health, safety and well-being of women involved in Vancouver street-based sex trade.


Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 03:29:23 +0000

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