Decadent Turkey Dinners To-Go for the Practical Host

Decadent Turkey Dinners To-Go for the Practical Host


Impress your guests with an epic Thanksgiving meal bon vivant, without stepping foot in the kitchen.

There are those select few cuisiniers who take pride in laboriously creating an extravagant meal from scratch, spending hours on end in the kitchen the entire week before Thanksgiving, and then there are the rest of us. For the latter, here's a little secret: there are a barrage of gourmet markets, six in fact, that will make your Thanksgiving effortless, and just as impressive. Just as you can, with the flurry of your fingers, order most things with an app, so can you make an entire turkey dinner appear; though you will need to order in advance.

The delicious desserts with Bi-Rite Market's Thanksgiving meal Courtesy of Bi-Rite Market/Facebook

Bi-Rite Market: Friendsgiving in a Box

If you know anything about Bi-Rite, you know they take high-quality prepared foods very seriously. It should come as no surprise that their Thanksgiving feast—Friendsgiving in a Box—offers delightful versions of the classics chock full of organic ingredients. Friendsgiving can be ordered to fit tables of between four and 14 people ($150-$375) with turkey options that range from choice cuts to a large, fully cooked bird. If you plan to keep your Thanksgiving meat-free, Bi-Rite also offers a vegetarian Friendsgiving with stuffed squash as the star ($150 for 4-6 people). Most dishes, including holiday pies and pumpkin cheesecake ice cream, can also be ordered a la carte. They'll even provide you with a lovely holiday bouquet to decorate the table. Pre-orders are available now for in-store pick up beginning on November 17th. // 3639 18th St (Mission) and 550 Divisadero St (NoPa),

Gus's baked Beelers ham holiday feastCourtesy of Gus's Community Market

Gus's Community Market: Choose Your Feasting Style

At Gus's Community Market, it's up to you how much work you want to put in. Gus's offers three separate holiday feasts ($149.99-199.99) with your choice of a whole Diestel Ranch roasted turkey, turkey hindquarters only or baked Beelers ham, and 3-4 pounds of sides including roasted garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams and green bean almondine. Feasts feed between eight and 12 people. If you'd like to do some cooking but want to be able to join your guests when they arrive, you can also order Gus's main courses including turkey, New York strip loin and roasted leg of lamb, fixin's, and/or dessert a la carte. Add some Varda Vineyards red wine and a cheese platter and you've got yourself a holiday! All orders require 48 hours advance notice and can be picked up or delivered to your home for a $40 fee (additional charges apply for deliveries outside of San Francisco). Order online or via phone at 415-431-9300. // 2111 Harrison St. (Mission),

Take home Salumeria's snacks to accompany your pre-brined turkey dinnerCourtesy of Salumeria/Yelp

Salumeria: Dinner For the Connoisseur

Though this artisan deli and larder hasn't yet made their traditional Thanksgiving dinner available for pre-order, they will, and when they do, you'll be ready. Everything but the pre-brined turkey in Salumeria's meal for 4-6 people is ready to serve, including buttermilk whipped potatoes, pretzel bread pudding, roasted carrots, turkey giblet gravy, and cranberry and quince chutney. For dessert, take home one of a selection of pies from Black Jet Bakery. The cut-off for pre-order will be sometime mid-month so keep an eye out for their Thanksgiving dinner online. All orders must be picked up on Thanksgiving day. // 3000 20th St (Mission),

(Jake Ahles Photography)

Belcampo Restaurant and Butcher Shop: Belcampo Luxegiving

Belcampo Restaurant and Butcher Shop is serving up a glamorous prix fixe dinner for pick-up or delivery. With the Belcampo Luxegiving dinner, you and 13 guests will feast on roasted organic turkey, tart apple and butternut squash soup with roasted squash seeds, white truffle mashed potatoes, aged white cheddar mac and cheese with Belcampo ladrons and gruyere crust, apple caramel pie, a bottle of Taittinger Brut La Francaise champagne and more ($899). Orders must be booked by November 13 and are available for pick-up at Belcampo Larkspur or for delivery via DoorDash in select zip codes. If the Belcampo Luxegiving is a little more than you need, you can also order a raw organic turkey, smoked turkey or a holiday charcuterie platter from any of their Bay Area locations. // 1998 Polk St (Russian Hill),

Prepared foods at Delessio Market and Falletti FoodsCourtesy of Falletti Foods/Yelp

Falletti Foods and Delessio Market and Bakery: Two-in-One Door Deal

Family owned and operated since 1956, Falletti Foods is still a neighborhood go-to. But walk through their doors and you'll find not only the market's high-quality, responsibly raised whole ingredients but an open entrance to their neighbor Delessio Market and Bakery where prepared foods reign. Together, this two-for-one shop is the perfect spot for Thanksgiving preparations. While Falletti's uncooked turkeys may sell out and should be ordered in advance (in store or via phone at 415-626-4400), Delessio's has you covered for last minute sides, salads, pastries and other baked goods. // 308 Broderick St (NoPa),

Hand cooked turkey dinners come with all the fixin's from Golden Gate Meat Company in the Ferry BuildingCourtesy of Golden Gate Meat Company/Yelp

Golden Gate Meat Company: Organic Meats with the Fixin's

Every Thanksgiving, Golden Gate Meat Company in the Ferry Building offers organic and natural Diestel heirloom turkeys and Bill Niman heritage turkeys for your holiday table. If you're thinking of trying something a little less traditional this year, they've also got tasty options like prime rib and turducken. Though you'll have to do the roasting or baking of the meat yourself, this butcher makes it worth your while by sending you off with their legendary house-made gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce. What you can't get at Golden Gate Meat Company you can grab from the Ferry Building's other gourmet merchants including Acme Bread Company, Cowgirl Creamery and Miette Patisserie. Turkeys sell out so order in advance via phone at (415) 983-7800. // Ferry Plaza Marketplace, Store #13 (Embarcadero),

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