WESTMONT – The holidays can be tiring and this year may be the perfect example. With Thanksgiving having occurred on Nov. 22 and preparations underway well before that, the holiday season is longer than usual.
With shopping, wrapping, traveling, cooking, entertaining, partying and holiday events, fatigue may set in long before the final gifts are exchanged.
So let’s look at some ways to provide a little convenience during the holidays.
First and foremost, the holidays are time for family gatherings. Often, that means large-scale, home-cooked meals. Let’s keep the traditions, but simplify things a bit by looking at catering options. There are several options in our backyard, but remember to place your orders as early as possible.
Uncle Bub’s offers catering menus for all size groups and ups their game with gourmet holiday packages. Place an order for a complete meal and be sure to add a few sides or some desserts. Complete meal packages offer turkey, ham or prime rib. All offerings include clear directions for serving, which is important. Uncle Bub’s is open for catering pickup on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.unclebubs.com for information.
ItaliAmo will be open on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve until 5 p.m. for both catering pickup as well as carry out. Sicilian family, home-cooked meals are just one way to enjoy the holidays. With an extensive menu, the Indelicato family can offer suggestions and creations to please any family. Visit www.italiamo.com for information.
J. Fleming’s Absolutely Delicious is a holiday staple for many local tables. Chef John Fleming has a full menu of offerings and is always available to customize to specific tastes and dietary restrictions, including gluten free and vegan. J. Fleming’s Absolutely Delicious will be open for catering pickup on Christmas Eve until 5 p.m. Visit www.willbeyourchef.com for information.
Vincitori, typically closed on Monday, will be open for holiday catering pickup from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Bob Airdo’s classic Italian offerings with many Americanized dishes are always well-received; he has been a fixture in the community for more than 20 years. Visit www.vincitori.com for additional information.
A newcomer to Westmont is Zazzo’s Pizza. With experience gleaned from an original Darien location, Zazzo’s has a full catering menu. Pastas, salads, sandwiches and pizza are just a part of the offerings. A la carte or full package, the catering menu is extensive. Visit www.zazzospizza.com for information.
Perhaps the deepest menu in terms of offerings is available at Standard Market. From crab cakes to roasted vegetables to cabernet reductions for sauces, Standard Market has a complete catering menu for the holidays, including baked goods, as well as salads, appetizers and a large selection of premium meats. There’s even a Holiday Bundle to take the decision-making out of the equation by combining eight side/dessert offerings. Pickup for ordered holiday catering is until 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Visit www.standardmarket.com for information.