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I have been looking around the boards and can't find anything that does what I want. I'd like to get a pre-made meal for my in-laws on Christmas Eve. These people never cook & so they don't have much to work with. I just found out that the stove is working, which is reassuring.

They live on the deep South Side, so I am not sure about delivery. In Brooklyn, NY (where I am from), a lot of butchers have pre-made meals for the holidays. I am just looking for a one-stop shop or someone that will create a whole meal that my sister-in-law can pickup.

Is there a good butcher that might also create some veggie sides to pick up that's nearer to the South Side? I'd like a turkey or a fresh ham, so I think it should be easy. It's just the sides and things I wonder about.

If they can deliver, that's amazing. Otherwise, a one-stop place to get all of the fixin's. This is for 4 people, hopefully with leftovers.

Thanks so much.

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  1. What do you mean by "deep South Side" (name of the city neighborhood or suburban town), and how far would they be willing to travel?

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      They're just past 79th St & South Halstead Ave. I am not sure how far they're willing to go, but you'll never get them out on the North Side, for example. I am thinking more of an easy place to get to more than anything.

      I was thinking classic Turkey, spinach, sweet potato, etc. However, they would really love a kind of southern style bbq meal as well and so would I. I can think of a lot of things we would all be happy with - I don't need the meat pre-cooked.

      For the past few years, her mother has spent a FORTUNE on nice meals out and we thought it would be nicer and far cheaper to have things at their home.

      If there's a better way to do this, I'd love to hear it, but we won't have time to shop. We arrive on christmas eve and were hoping to have dinner the next day.

      1. re: luckycat

        Instead of a butcher I would be looking at one of two options for a complete holiday meal to bring home: (1) as chicgail suggests below, supermarkets, especially specialty supermarkets like Whole Foods, might have complete meals available the day before, and (2) there may be restaurants in the area that offer complete meals for carry-out the day before.

        I think 79th and Halsted is in a neighborhood called Greater Grand Crossing and also near Auburn Gresham. The nearest Whole Foods is in the South Loop (1101 S. Canal) which is not close at all. However, there are two specialty stores in Hyde Park that are not far from 79th and Halsted and may meet your needs.

        One is Zaleski & Horvath Market Cafe, which is a deli and specialty food store with two locations:

        Zaleski & Horvath Market Cafe
        1126 East 47th Street
        Chicago, IL 60653
        1323 East 57th Street
        Chicago, IL 60637
        773.538.7372
        www.zhmarketcafe.com

        I haven't been to Zaleski & Horvath, but it sounds like the kind of service-oriented food store you'd want for this purpose, based on the article at www.chicagomaroon.com/2008/02/05/gour... I recommend giving them a call, explaining what you're looking for and what your time constraints are, and seeing what they can do for you.

        The other specialty food store in Hyde Park is Treasure Island, which is a local chain of medium-sized supermarkets:

        Treasure Island
        1526 E. 55th Street
        Chicago, Illinois 60615
        773.358.6400
        www.tifoods.com

        They're more of a traditional supermarket with a fair number of import and specialty items. If Z&H doesn't work out, or if there are items you can't find there, you might give TI a try.

        HTH - good luck, and let us know how it works out!

    2. i have a friend who picked up an entire dinner from Whole Foods for Thanksgiving. I don't know if that's an option that is geographically convenient or even how affordable it is, but I do know she was happy with it.