Where to Order Christmas Meals in Columbia


Stress-free holidays start with relinquishing control, at least that’s what I’m telling myself. 

This year I’ve come to a very important realization: I don’t want to be the mom and wife that spends hours in the kitchen preparing recipes passed down from generation to generation while the rest of the family engages in conversations, plays football in the crisp fall/winter weather, and watches sports, parades, and more on the television. 

My mom, a mom unmatched by many, did it all. I won’t. Pre-kids, maybe. Now, the littlest desire I had to be a gourmet chef with perfectly plated dishes has dissipated. To me, cooking is a hassle. A time suck. An activity that most of the time takes away from me being able to be present with my children, family, and friends. I’m good with take-out. Delivery has never felt so good (aside from the often inaccurate arrival time estimations). A holiday pre-order? That’s something I can do. 

Maybe you’re like me, or maybe you’re in a situation that may not allow for you to cook up an entire meal this year. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Here are my top Columbia picks for ordering out (err, in) this holiday season. 

Three Columbia Restaurants Serving up a Fantastic Christmas Meal

1. Sarah Simmons’s City Grit

This is the one my family opted for this year! The full brunch order ($125) serves up to eight guests and the half brunch order ($75) serves four guests. Meanwhile, the full dinner order ($350) feeds six adults and the half dinner order ($175) feeds two to four adults. 

Check-out the menus, below:

Christmas Brunch

  • Breakfast Casserole // Grits Sourdough, Breakfast Sausage, Provolone, Swiss, Farm Fresh Eggs {Vegetarian Option Available}
  • Baked Grits // Anson Mills Heirloom Grits, Sharp Cheddar, Alleppo
  • Morning Glory Salad // Mixed Greens, Whipped Feta, Pomegranate, Toasted Oats, Everything Bagel Chips, Citrus Tehina Vinaigrette
  • Monkey Bread Loaf // Brioche, Spiced Sugar, Chai Bun Glaze
  • Mini Almond Croissants // smallSUGAR Croissant, Frangipane, Sliced Almonds, Powdered Sugar

Christmas Dinner

  • Prime Rib // Dijon & Herb-Crusted Rib Roast, Horseradish Creme, Jus
  • Potato Gratin // Yukon Gold Potatoes, Mornay
  • Creamed Greens // Rogers Farm Collards, Purple Cabbage, Lacinato Kale, Baby Spinach, Shallots, Gruyere
  • Butternut Squash // Date Syrup, Pomegranate Seeds, Dill
  • Haricot Verts // Brown Butter, Toasted Almonds
  • Garden Salad // Freshly Grown Farms Greens, Pickled Red Onion, Candied Sunflower Seeds, Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Challah Rolls // smallSUGAR Challah Dinner Rolls, Cultured Butter
  • Chocolate Chess Pie // Dark Chocolate Custard, Gingerbread, Chai Cream

Hanukkah Dinner selections like brisket and kugel are also available and already online as half order and full order options between $175-$295.

2. Emilie Blanchard’s Tasty as Fit

Due Sunday, December 18, 2022, this local health hub offers Garlic Cauliflower MashDouble Chocolate Peppermint Cake, Gingerbread Streusel Coffee Cake, and Spinach Artichoke & White Bean Dip for $48.50, $40, and $32 respectively. Each dish is presented in an 8×8 container.
Swing by the shop at 3001 Milwood Avenue or email [email protected]. Keep an eye on their social media or website for special order details for Christmas.
Orders will be available for pick-up on December 22, 2022 and December 23, 2022.

3. Vanessa Driscoll’s Honey River

If you’ve attended a Farm to Table event at City Roots, on Main Street, or 701 Whaley, you’re already familiar with the delicious cuisine from Vanessa Driscoll. Their catering arm, Honey River comes recommended by Shannon Watson, local stretch expert, among many others. For a holiday menu rounded out with creative and tasty sides, pre-order now!
Pick up for Christmas items will be Wednesday, December 21, 2022-Friday, December 23, 2022.
Please Note: Honey River does not offer full meals. These are simply side options with sizes feeding four to six people or 10-12 people. But who could pass up Congaree Milling Co Cornbread Stuffing, Squash and Crispy Onion Casserole, and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes? Selections range from $8-$40. Visit their website for the full selection.

If these three highlights aren’t hitting the spot, Whole Foods has a holiday ordering table set up onsite (or you can reserve a meal by phone or online) for Christmas and Hanukkah entertaining. Keep in mind that “all Holiday Selections orders must be placed a minimum of 48 hours ahead of pickup date and time.” 

Whichever you choose, remember to slow down, indulge a little, and share your holiday photos with us!

Where do you order your holiday meal from?

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Heather Curtis
Heather is a Florida girl with New York tendencies. She values honesty and authenticity, while not being a huge fan of small talk and surface-level friendships. As a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, you can usually find her exercising and exploring the great outdoors. Her love for everything local truly flourished after moving to Columbia in 2015. Heather maintains a strong interest in community-building while balancing work as a Social Media Strategist and life as a dedicated Wife and Mama (by marriage and by birth). Likes: Coffee shops, travel, reality tv, singing (in and out of the shower), dancing (even when the music stops), sunshine, photos, and advocacy. Dislikes: Cartoons, scary movies, laundry, chain restaurants, disorganization, and gossip


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