The Hippo


Oct 16, 2019








Tasty tidings
Pre-order your Christmas dinners and desserts

By Allie Ginwala

 Place your orders soon so you can wow your holiday guests with dinners, sweets and treats from local restaurants, butcher shops and bakeries.

• Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop (815 Chestnut St., Manchester, 625-9544, is taking orders until Saturday, Dec. 19. Menu includes breads (French baguette, olive roll, French crusty rolls, rustic bread, rosemary focaccia and ciabatta), savory pies (salmon and pork, both require baking), holiday desserts (like yule log, chocolate mousse tree cake, raspberry linzer torte), pies (ricotta, chocolate cream, banana cream, coconut cream, forest berry crumb, plus gluten-free options), cookies and cannolis.
• Baked Downtown Cafe and Bakery (1015 Elm St., Manchester, 606-1969; 249 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 856-8871, is taking orders for its Christmas catering menu until Monday, Dec. 21. Pick-up is available Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. Menu includes turtle brownie cheesecake ($32.99), vanilla bean cheesecake topped with cherries ($32.99), salted caramel apple pie ($14.75), cherry pie ($14.75), cran-pear walnut crostada ($14.95), rum cake ($15.99) and white chocolate cake ($45).
• The Bakeshop On Kelley Street (171 Kelley St., Manchester, 624-3500, is taking orders for cakes, pies, pastry trays, Christmas cookies, dinner rolls and breakfast trays. Place orders by Sunday, Dec. 20. Pick up before close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
• Belmont Hall & Restaurant (718 Grove St., Manchester, 625-8540, is taking orders for pies, appetizers and other items until Wednesday, Dec. 23.
• The Black Forest Cafe (212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, will be taking orders from the bakery’s Christmas menu until Sunday, Dec. 20. Pick-up is available Dec. 22, Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. Options include pies (apple, Dutch apple, cranberry apple, pecan, chocolate cream, $18 each) pear-cranberry walnut crostata ($18 medium, $24 large), triple nut chocolate tart ($25, serves 12), cakes (white chocolate frangelico torte, Brooklyn blackout, chocolate mousse, old-fashioned coconut, carrot, $24 each for small, $36 for large) and assorted holiday cookies ($14.95 per dozen or three sizes of cookie baskets). Food orders from the holiday list, catering menu and marketplace are available for pick-up the three days prior to Christmas. Regular bakery selections may be available on a “first come, first served” basis. 
• Bread & Chocolate (29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330) is taking orders for stollen and Yule logs, in addition to all regular menu items. Place orders by Saturday, Dec. 19. Available for pick-up until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve.
• Carter Hill Orchard (73 Carter Hill Road, Concord, 225-2625, is taking orders for pies, pumpkin bread and zucchini bread. Place orders by Monday, Dec. 21. Pick-up is on Dec. 22.
• Concord Food Co-op (24 S. Main St., Concord, 225-6840, is taking orders from its holiday specials menu, which includes natural turkeys from Stonewood Farm in Vermont ($3.64 per pound, pick-up available Sunday, Dec. 19, through Thursday, Dec. 24) and desserts from the The Bakery Box at the co-op (gingerbread cake with maple cream cheese frosting, chocolate obsession, eggnog cheesecake and chocolate tarte). Regular catering menu options are also available.
• Crosby Bakery (51 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-1851, is taking orders for holiday pies (apple, apple crumb, blueberry, banana cream, coconut cream, cherry, pecan, pumpkin, custard, mince, meat, salmon and more), breads (orange cranberry, banana, date nut, pumpkin, $4.25 each), dinner rolls (Parker House, cinnamon, oatmeal), assorted Christmas cookies and cakes, and holiday platters (pastry, salad roll, cookie) until Monday, Dec. 21. Other bakery items available for walk-in customers on a “first come, first served” basis. Payment is cash or check only.
• Crust & Crumb (126 N. Main St., Concord, 219-0763, is taking orders for breads and loaves (like vanilla-glazed cinnamon buns, cardamom pulla braid, chocolate babka and classic hand-candied fruit cake), sweets (like raspberry-filled almond linzer torte, coconut snowflake layer cake, apple streusel pie and fresh fruit tart), savories (broccoli and cheddar quiche; bacon, onion and Swiss quiche; and pork pie with sweet potato, rosemary and apple) and mixed cookie platters.  Place orders by Friday, Dec. 18.
• The Flying Butcher (124 Route 101A, Amherst, 598-6328, is taking orders for pork roast, tenderloin roast, bone-in prime rib roast and boneless prime rib roast, plus prepared sides like garlic mashed potatoes and maple bourbon sweet potatoes and more. Pre-orders are preferred, but walk-ins welcome up to Christmas Eve.
• Finesse Pastries (968 Elm St., Manchester, 232-6592, is taking orders until Thursday, Dec. 17. Then customers will be served on a “first come, first served” basis. The Christmas holiday menu includes pies (apple, blueberry, pecan and chocolate creme for $14.95 each), cakes (cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake, peppermint cheesecake for $26.96/$32.95 each), tart beausejour and tart bourdaloue ($19.95 each), specialty items and breakfast, pastry or cookie platters (options to serve 10 or 20 to 25 people).
• German John’s Bakery (5 W. Main St., Hillsborough, 464-5079, is taking orders for stollen, lebkuchen, pfeffernüsse and other Christmas specialties (like sweet breads, including candy cane and wreath-shaped sweet breads). Place orders at least a week in advance.
• Hart’s Turkey Farm (233 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-6212, is taking orders for turkey (prices vary based on size; 10- to 26-pound available) that include stuffing and gravy. A la carte options include cranberry sauce, whipped potatoes, squash, green beans, pickled beets, carrot relish, cranberry chutney, rolls, cornbread, sweet breads (blueberry, pumpkin, coffee cake), pies, cakes, cheesecakes and apple crisp. Christmas Eve pick-up times between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• The Happy Butchers (222 Elm St., Milford, 554-1339, is taking orders for whole or half racks of beef ribs, Boar’s Head sweet sliced hams and all of its regular menu items. Place orders for Christmas as early as possible. Pick-up is available from Monday, Dec. 21, until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.
• Just Like Mom’s Pastries (353 Riverdale Road, Weare, 529-6667, is taking orders until Saturday, Dec. 19. The menu includes assorted holiday cakes (traditional Yule log for $28, mint chocolate cream for $15, drunken cannoli cake for $23 or $32), mini whoopie platters ($24 small, $48 large), holiday cookie platters ($35 small, $70 large), finger pastry platters (includes cheesecake cupcakes, carrot cupcakes, butter brickle, pecan diamonds, $35 small, $65 large) sticky buns ($3.99 each or $26 for a 10-inch cluster), quiche (meat or veggie, $16.50) and pork pies ($15.99).
• Kay’s Bakery (443 Lake Ave., Manchester, 625-1132) is taking orders for holiday pies (cream pies, meat pies and fruit pies) plus baklava, spanakopita, Christmas cookies, pastry trays, butter twists and eclairs. Place orders by Saturday, Dec. 19.
• Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli (819 Union St., Manchester, 647-7150, is taking orders from its regular menu along with seasonal specials like mini pastry platters (which include linzer bars, German chocolate bars, brownies, cannolis, eclairs, peanut butter dream bars, petit fours, holiday cookies and chocolate-dipped strawberries; 18-piece for $15.99, 36-piece for $28.99, 50-piece for $37.99), assorted holiday cookies, mini pastries by the piece and Yule logs ($29). 
• Newell Post Restaurant (125 Fisherville Road, Concord, 228-0522, is taking orders for its Christmas holiday meals to go. Dinner options are choice prime au jus sauce ($28.99) with roasted red potatoes, butternut squash, sugar snap peas, confetti salad, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and choice of chocolate Yule log or cheesecake with eggnog topping or slow-roasted turkey ($19.99) with herb stuffing and gravy, butternut squash, sugar snap peas, confetti salad, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and choice of chocolate Yule log or cheesecake with eggnog topping. Dinners are packed family style, ready to heat and serve.
• Old Tyme Butcher (1100 Hooksett Road, Suite 111, Hooksett, 669-3001, is offering package deals along with prime rib roast, pork roast and other options. Place orders by Wednesday, Dec. 23. Pick-up times vary for the days leading up to Christmas.
• Queen City Cupcakes (790 Elm St., Manchester, 624-4999, is taking orders for holiday cupcakes (vanilla bean, chocolate, peanut butter cup, red velvet, raspberry snowball, candy cane crinkle cookie, cannoli, chocolate-covered cherry, gingerbread, eggnog, Christmas pretzel twist, chocolate salted caramel) until Tuesday, Dec. 22. Pick up on Christmas Eve until 4 p.m.
• Red Arrow Diner (61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118; 63 Union Square, Milford, 249-9222; 137 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 552-3091, pies and cakes are available to order. Call the restaurant or go online to place orders 48 hours before desired pick-up time. Double-layer cakes ($29.99) include rocky road, pumpkin spice, death by chocolate, chocolate peppermint, Boston creme, almond raspberry and more. Ten-inch pies ($14.99) include pumpkin cream, pork, custard, cherry, blueberry, banana cream, Moe’s favorite apple and more. Salmon pie costs $16.99.
• Triolo’s Bakery (21 Kilton Road, Bedford, 232-3256, is taking orders for cakes, cookies, platters and more. Place orders four or five days before Christmas for pick-up on Christmas Eve.
• Tuscan Market (63 Main St., Salem, 912-5467, is taking orders from its holiday catering menu. Package options (serves 6 to 8) include a whole roasted turkey dinner ($150), standing rib roast dinner ($200) and leoncini ham dinner ($150). A la carte sides include baccala salad, calamari salad, pecorino-stuffed artichokes, mascarpone whipped potatoes, herb gravy, Brussels sprouts pancetta apple, cranberry marsala wine compote, porcini mushroom ciabatta stuffing and more (prices vary). Dessert selections include assorted Italian cookies, cannoli, lobster tail, tiramisu, assorted tarts, rum cake, coconut macaroons and more (prices vary). Holiday dinner package includes a complimentary bottle of Italian wine. All roasts are uncooked, seasoned with garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, and come with cooking instructions. Pick-up is available Thursday, Dec. 24, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
• Washington Street Catering (88 Washington St., Concord, 228-2000, offers packaged or a la carte options from its holiday menu including a roasted turkey dinner (turkey with gravy, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted butternut squash and a holiday pie) and a maple-glazed ham dinner (spiral-cut maple-glazed ham, mashed sweet potatoes, sauteed green beans with slivered almonds and a holiday pie). Dinners cost $19.99 per person. Side options include mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, rosemary-infused roasted Yukon potatoes, traditional stuffing, apple and cranberry stuffing, Brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic glaze, sauteed green beans with slivered almonds, carrots, roasted butternut squash, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce as well as holiday pies (blueberry, apple and pecan). Place orders in advance. Delivery also available.
• Wicked Good Butchah (460 Route 101, Bedford, 488-1832, is taking orders for its full catering menu plus holiday favorites bone-in prime rib and pork roast right up until Christmas Eve.
• The Wine’ing Butcher (16 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 856-8855; 254 Wallace Road, Bedford, 488-5519; 28 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-4670; 81 Route 25, Meredith, 279-0300, is taking orders from its holiday menu for USDA choice beef (tenderloin roast, bone-in rib-eye roast, boneless rib roast, sirloin roast), USDA prime beef (bone-in rib-eye, rib-eye roast, sirloin roast) ham (whole spiral, sweet slice and triple M spiral) and turkey, all priced per pound. Other options include appetizers (like mini crab cakes, deviled eggs, scallops in bacon), main course (like stuffed lobster tail, stuffed sole, vegetable lasagna), sides (like whipped potato, sausage stuffing, turkey gravy) and desserts (creme brulee, peppermint cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake, chocolate cream pie, cheesecake). Assorted small and large platters also available.
• Wellington’s Marketplace (124 N. Main St., Concord, 715-1191, is offering items from its prepared foods case like cheese platters, charcuterie, roasted tomatoes and shrimp skewers on a “first come, first served” basis. Patrons are encouraged to place orders in advance as well. Open on Christmas Eve until 4 p.m. 

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