Best Holiday Meal Boxes in Boston
This year, let the finest chef's in Boston do the heavy lifting and prepare a sumptuous meal for you and your quaran-team. Here are a variety of pickup and delivery options to keep you fed this holiday season.
Both the Boston and Chesnut Hill Aquitaine locations are serving up a heaping helping of Joyeux Noel this year. Order by 10 am on December 20 (pickup December 24 from noon-8 pm) to get your hands on a box of delicious French goodness. Start with truffled mushroom tartlets with caramelized onions and gruyere, a green salad with toasted hazelnuts and goat cheese. The meal box comes with 4 entrees including maple-glazed ham, duck a l'orange, beef tenderloin au poivre with brandy cognac cream, and a vegetarian mushroom and chestnut wellington with goat cheese and butternut-sage gravy. The sauteed greens, buttery dinner rolls, and cauliflower and potato gratin side dishes round out the meal. As if that weren't enough food, there are seven additional a la carte items to add to the feast. Meal boxes start at $140 for two people, $280 for four, and $420 for six.
Already have the winter blues? Transport yourself to a balmy Mediterranean climate with a holiday box for 2 from Sarma. Each box is $220 and can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m on Christmas Eve. Taste the best the sea has to offer in the shrimp cocktail with harissa and ginger and the hot crab and artichoke dip with za'atar old bay and pita chips. Then indulge in black truffle babaganoush, red wine-braised short ribs, and caramelized onion polenta. There's also grape leaf spanikorizo feta cheese with barberries and olives, among other sides. With so much food it'll be hard to save room for dessert but make sure you do. The chocolate tahini lava cake is the star of the show. Chef-owner/operator Cassie Piuma certainly knows how to put together a festive spread.
Bambara is a neighborhood favorite in Cambridge, MA. This year they're offering 2 different holiday meals with a long list of a la carte add ons. The first option features Heritage ham with a pineapple glaze while the second showcases a filet of beef in a red wine and mushroom sauce. Both meal boxes come with a winter salad, Choereg bread with whipped butter, New England-style clam chowder, baked mac 'n cheese, roasted carrots, and warm chocolate cake with hazelnut crumbles for dessert. The boxes are $32 and $52 per person, respectively (minimum two orders). Keep the family fed throughout the day with a cheese and charcuterie board for two to four people ($25). Loosen up the party with a quart of spiked egg nog ($32), maple sugar old fashioned (8-ounces for $20), DIY mimosas ($30), or a signature hot cocktail with rye, apple cider, oloroso sherry, orange bitters, and winter spices ($24, serves 2).
Metropolis is a staple for the locals. The small but steadfast kitchen is taking orders through December 20 for holiday meals to be picked up on Christmas Eve. Dinner boxes can serve two, four, or six ($140, $280, $420) and includes all starters, accompaniments, and a choice of an entree. There's also a fun list of add ons for those looking to up the ante. Start with a caramelized onion and apple tartlet plus kale, rosemary, and pear salad with crispy prosciutto. Choose between pomegranate-braised lamb shank, roasted turkey breast, beef tenderloin, or a butternut squash cassoulet for a shareable main. Accompaniments include a variety of vegetables, buttery rolls, and whipped potatoes. Missing dessert? Add on caramelized honey pumpkin pie or dark chocolate yule log.
Woods Hill Table
Opt for a farm-fresh, sustainable, and organic holiday meal box from Woods Hill Table this year. They're packaging several different options like a roasted leg of lamb dinner ($235) that comes with coffee-rubbed heirloom carrots, potato and leek gratin with gruyere and thyme, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. There's also a Spanish suquet dinner (seafood stew), a holiday brunch box, and a cassoulet with duck leg confit, sausage, and pork shoulder stewed in a tomato ragu. Each box comes with detailed finishing instructions and orders can be picked up on December 23. There are several wines available for an additional charge as well as a carafe of bloody mary mix (plus 8 ounces of either vodka, gin, or tequila) or a 32-ounce bottle of spiked eggnog.
After providing Boston with Hannukah meal boxes, Urban Hearth has pivoted to Christmas meals with their signature farm-to-table flair. Holiday revelers can choose whether they want a box of just sides or add on a protein. Delectable sides include chanterelles with taleggio cheese, squash soup, broccoli rabe and butterbean puree, confit parsnips with pickled cranberries, and buttery rolls. Everything is boxed cold and comes with reheating instructions. The meat menu features glazed ham, lamb shanks, and salt crust baked striped bass all with portions for two or four people. Not sitting at the kids' table? Select one of the listed wines to add on or let the team at Urban Hearth send you a mystery wine! All you have to do is pick the color.