This is a crazy busy time of year with cookie exchanges, parties, potlucks, holiday celebrations and family gatherings and food is at the center of it all. There is no need to panic but planning is essential to keep stress to a dull roar so you can enjoy the festivities.

A Christmas cookie exchange party is a great way to spend time with friends and family and the bonus is leaving the party with a wonderful selection of cookies! If you’re hosting you need some easy appetizer recipes or to make it super easy, serve a cheese board. We pinned some beautiful cheese boards to inspire you, even more inspiring is that our The Big Cheese event has begun with a perfect selection of products and cheeses to have available in the frig and pantry for cheese boards or easy last minute entertaining.

A fabulous finger food appetizer is our Blue Cheese Stuffed Date recipe made with easy to pit Medjool Dates available in our Produce Departments.



It’s always nice to have at least one warm appetizer and one of my favorites for simplicity and deliciousness is Warm Artichoke Dip.

Artichoke dip

Another quick hit for a dip is our Sausage Party Dip, easy to mix up and usually an empty bowl at the end of the party.


If the hustle and bustle of the season means making your own appetizers a challenge, we have lots of options to wow the crowd with heat and eat or cold serving options for appetizers. Our nine inch Taco Platter is perfect for a small group and our largest platter serving up to 25 people. Just click here for the on line order page.


If you’re looking for an easy sandwich option for your entertaining, our pulled pork, available for special order on line or order in store in convenient party pails – either 1/2 gallon or gallon and all you have to do is heat and eat on some fabulous buns from our bakery.


For holiday meal gatherings and entertaining, an always-special meal is seafood, whether crab legs, crab cakes, shrimp, or lobster, it is easy to prepare and cooks quickly. Our seafood sale is on now and a perfect time to fill that freezer for the festivities!

Our ready-to-cook jumbo Lump Crab Cakes are a big favorite and better than most restaurants, they are available in our full-service seafood department. Our recipe for Spicy Mustard Sauce is wonderful with these crab cakes and many other seafood items.



Our Au Gratin potatoes are cheesy awesome, all you have to do is heat and eat and the au gratins pair perfectly with the ham. They are available in aluminum pans serving 12 to 16 people available for order from our deli, or you may order ahead on line for pick-up in the store.


Our Holiday Mint Torte is just one of our delightful dessert options to make your event even more special for your guests – never forget dessert!


Come explore.cook.create with us, our mission is to simplify our customers lives by providing fast, friendly service while sharing our knowledge and passion for food.


Happy Holidays,


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