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Nov 4, 2007 05:41 AM

Pre-prepared takeout Christmas dinners in Halifax, Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa

I'm researching a story on high-end, pre-prepared takeout Christmas dinners for DRIVEN Magazine – a Toronto-based, men's lifestyle publication – and I'm having trouble sourcing caterers/hotels/restaurants that provide this service in Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax.

For example, the Royal York Hotel in Toronto does a Christmas To Go service.

Can anyone recommend some names of caterers/hotels or restaurants that provide something similar for the holidays?

Many thanks!


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  1. The Westin in Calgary has a Christmas Take out service. We used it last year and although it is not particularily cheap it wasn't bad, except the mixed veg they put together.

    1. In Calgary, both Sunterra Markets and Main Dish offer this service.
      Sunterra is a higher-end grocery store and the Main DIsh offers gourmet dinners to go.
      Sunterra website:
      Main Dish website:

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      1. re: annynstar

        I have purchased the Sunterra Christmas dinner and cannot recommend it. I was just lucky that I had real food in my fridge to supplement the meal or I would have had some very hungry family members. The portions were very skimpy. I even had to add greens to the salad or we would have had only 3 or 4 leaves per person on the plate. Seriously! I had six for dinner and there were only 4 cherry tomatoes in the "appetizer" salad. Was I supposed to chop these up? Since this experience I have just cooked my own Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners which I don't mind but I sure wish I could arrange for some elves to come in and clean up after!

      2. Mise en place also offers gourmet to go, their November newsletter lists Christmas menu. (you can opt to make it in their kitchen or have them prepare it for you to pick up).

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        1. re: maplesugar

          Another option for those who live in the north part of Calgary is the Liberated Cook ( I've never been there, but have wanted to for some time now. If anyone has any experience with them, I'd love to hear about it.