FOOD & DINING
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Customized Holiday Meal
Operating as a café in Whitby, M&R Catering is a one-stop shop when it comes to your holiday needs. “We do Christmas cookies, French macaron cookies, and Christmas cakes,” says owner Marjorie Steenson.
One of M&R Catering’s unique offerings that people might not think of during the holidays is its Christmas high teas, which can be catered to your home or enjoyed on-site at the café in M&R’s private events room. “A holiday high tea has an assortment of scones, of course, with cream and preserves,” Marjorie explains. “We do bite-sized savory sandwiches along with bite sized little quiches. But what makes it interesting and seasonal is that we do things like minced meat tarts, cream puffs with crushed candy cane on them, and reindeer and snowflake cut-out cookies.”
As part of their catering services, Marjorie and her staff offer everything from cheeseboards and appetizers to a full turkey dinner. The menu for each event is customized. “There’s just so much we can do outside of that traditional dinner,” she explains. “Every single menu is different, so you can go to one party we cater and then go to another one, and it would be totally different food. People really like the versatility.”
Having been in the business since 2010, Marjorie knows the importance of the role that food plays in entertaining—especially during the holidays. “It’s not about what we can do for the people, it’s what we can do to create that experience with delicious food,” she says. “We truly want our clients to have a great time, and be proud of the food they’re giving to their guests.”
If you are familiar with The Brock House in Whitby, then you know the restaurant is famous for its prime rib. “That’s our staple which we have returning guests come in for,” says general manager Maddison Neshevich. “It’s slow-roasted every day for about seven hours, and is super tender and cooked medium-rare.”
For your holiday party, The Brock House caters from its specially created and customizable menu for any size of group. “We do drop-off and pick-up catering, and we have our family dinners to go any day of the week,” Maddison says.
For Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, The Brock House creates a special take-home, three-course turkey dinner which feeds up to eight guests. “Because we’re closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the meals are picked up ahead of time,” explains Maddison. “We open the restaurant for two hours on Christmas Eve. Everything comes cold, and we give the guests cooking instructions.”
The appeal of having a holiday gathering catered has to do with being in the comfort of one’s own home, Maddison believes. She says, “It’s more relaxing if someone is cooking your food for you. For our holiday meal pickups, we actually had one lady tell us that this was the first time in twenty years she didn’t have to cook a meal, and she actually got to enjoy the day.”
For catering details, or to find out order timelines for a take-home turkey dinner, be sure to call Maddie at The Brock House to discuss your event.
If you know and love Farm Boy for its fresh food and focus on supporting local, then you’ll know there are locations right here in Whitby and Pickering. For many it is their go-to when entertaining! “We are committed to bringing our customers the best fresh-market experience,” says Carolyn Trudel, Director, PR and Marketing. “For us, it’s all about the food. Since starting in Cornwall as a produce stand 36 years ago, supporting local has been a part of the company’s business model.”
To make holiday entertaining easier, Farm Boy offers fully-cooked, three-course, take-home dinners which feed between six and eight people. The menu will vary from year to year depending on what chef-inspired dishes the Farm Boy team creates, but previous seasons have featured a fully-cooked, grade A turkey with gravy and stuffing made from scratch, an assortment of delicious sides like French beans with almonds, roasted rosemary carrots and garlic mashed potatoes. And of course, there is always the sweet treat for dessert.
“Farm Boy turkeys come from the Hayter farm in Dashwood, Ontario, where the family has been raising turkeys for over 36 years,” Carolyn says. “They are a trusted Ontario turkey farmer, and we guarantee our product by selecting quality suppliers that we trust.”
Farm Boy also has a large kitchen program where food is made fresh for customers daily. “We’re focusing on providing ready-to-cook, or ready-to-heat, and you can also buy food that is hot,” Carolyn explains. “This takes some of the pressure off of those who want to cook their own turkey but may decide to leave the sides to someone else. Or it allows people the flexibility to go another route than the traditional turkey dinner.”
“We say, let us do the work for you,” she adds. “We take it very seriously. It is an honour to be invited into someone’s home, and we try to provide a wonderful quality taste experience that they can be proud to serve their family and friends.”
It is important to note that, with the Farm Boy take-home dinners, there are ordering deadlines. When planning your holiday dinner or gathering, remember to check the website or call 1-855-747-2366 for information on when your orders need to be placed.
While this offers a sampling of the potential for your holiday meal, shop around and find the menu and budget that suits your family. Call, reserve and relax this holiday season.
1355 Kingston Rd., Pickering
Pickering Town Centre