Holiday Food & Drink
If you choose to make meat part of your farm-fresh holidays, you have a lot of choices! Note that due to much smaller gatherings due to the pandemic, smaller cuts of meat and turkeys are in high demand so order as soon as possible.
Bud's Custom Meats: Stocked with a huge array of local meats, including prime rib roast, buffalo rib roast, wild boar rack, Fresh Willie Bird and Rosa turkeys, signature smoked turkey, Tur-Duc-Hen, venison, lamb, goat, and more. Order in advance by calling (707) 795-8402 or visit the store. 7750 Petaluma Hill Road Penngrove.
Liberty Duck: Select from a menu of farm-raised duck product, including whole duck, duck breasts, duck legs, sausage, and more. Or choose a Holiday Box full of different duck products, including legs, breasts, and sausage, paired with Chateau Montelena wine. Order online for delivery or pickup at the farm.
Panizzera Meat Co.: Holiday offerings include their special dry-aged prime ribs, aged in their Himalayan salt dry age room. Or choose from other locally grown, pastured beef, pork, poultry, and sausages for your holiday table. Available at two locations: the kiosk at Andy's Market (1691 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol) and the retail location at 3905 Main Street, Occidental.
Sonoma County Meat Company: Shop for locally grown meats, include hamlette, country-style pork pate, beef, poultry, pork chops, bacon, and lots more. Order online or call 707-521-0121. In-store pickup or shipping. 35 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa.
Stemple Creek Ranch: Order from a range of 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef cuts, include rib roast, tenderloin, steak, and lots more for your holiday feasts. If you can't decide, try the Holiday Harvest Gift Sampler box that includes your choice of three types of meat (including lamb and pork), plus a special add-on off Tomales Farmstead cheese. Order online for shipping through Dec. 15.
Victorian Farmstead Meat Company: Choose from an amazing range of local pastured meats, including prime rib, leg of lamb, smoked ham, and poultry. Order online or pick up from the shop at Community Market in Sebastopol. or from several other locations. Delivery and shippingavailable. 6762 Sebastopol Ave. #100, Sebastopol.
Takeout & Outdoor Dining
Even though you can't dine in at restaurants this year, you can order ready-to-serve meals, sides, breads, and desserts at local farm-to-your-table eateries, creameries, and bakeries. Or enjoy a cozy meal at one of the outdoor dining patios of our local farm-to-table restaurants. And if can, please tip well, even if you order takeout. The independent restaurant industry is suffering due to pandemic restrictions, and could use your support now more than ever!
the girl & the fig: Choose from roasted turkey breast, cedar-plank salmon, or a wild mushroom and sunchoke ragout for the entree, plus sides, dessert including apple and pumpkin pies, drinks, and a curated wine pack. Serves four, or two with leftovers. Order online by Sunday, Nov. 22, for pickup Nov. 25 or Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, from either the girl & the fig (110 West Spain Street, Sonoma) or the fig cafe (13690 Arnold St., Glen Ellen).
The Spinster Sisters: Choose from appetizers, sides, entrees (including smoked turkey, wild mushroom and fennel stuffing, and much more), and desserts, and special wine pairings. Brunch also available. Preorder online or call 707-528-7100 for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 25, between 2 and 6 pm. 401 South A Street, Santa Rosa.
Union Hotel Occidental: The kitchens are busy preparing for holiday festivities at the Occidental Union Hotel! Enjoy a delightful Wednesday Thanksgiving dinner offered at the Union under the stars or via takeout (4 to 8 pm). The menu includes organic green salad with cranberries, roasted turkey, ravioli (a staple at Italian Thanksgivings!), Swiss chard stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gingerbread cookies, for $35. Call (707) 874-3555 or email barbara@unionhoteloccidental.
Valley Ford Cheese Company: Order a custom cheese board for your holiday celebrations! The deletable spread will include a variety of Valley Ford cheeses and baked goods, plus local charcuterie and more. Call 707-293-5636 to order, or drop by the shop: 14390 Valley Ford Road, Valley Ford. Open Wed. to Sun.
DESSERTS & BREADS
Mom's Apple Pie: The Thanksgiving menu will of course include pumpkin and pecan pies. Order in advance by calling (707) 823-8330 or via their new online store, or just drop by the shop. Curbside pickup also available. Mom's will be open on Thanksgiving Day. No need to rush to come two or three days in advance; fresh pies will be waiting for you! 4550 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol. Open daily, 10 am to 6 pm.
Nightingale Breads: Choose from cranberry orange pistachio cake, spiced pecan raisin loaf, potato rosemary rolls, baguettes, focaccia, chocolate thimble cakes, and more. Preorder on their holiday online store for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 10 am to 12 pm. (Additional sales will be first-come, first served 12 to 3 pm.) 6665 Front Street, Forestville.
Holiday Recipe Ideas
- Cookbook author and columnist Michele Anna Jordan is a champion of Sonoma County-grown and made ingredients. She shares some of her favorite holiday recipes in her regular Press Democrat columns, which we will list during the season: Polenta Stuffing for Poultry
- Chef John Ash's recipes for a small, easy Thanksgiving
Festive Holiday Drinks
You'll find no shortage of festive drinks for the holidays. From locally grown and made apple juice to a range of fine wines, spirits, beer, and cider, there's something for everyone this season. Our featured beverage for Thanksgiving is this hot mulled cider by Manzana Products, the last apple processor in Sonoma County, which features their North Coast organic apple cider.
North Coast Hot Mulled Cider
- 1 (64 oz) bottle North Coast organic apple juice or cider
- 3 whole cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 2 whole allspice berries
- 1 cinnamon stick
- peel from 1/2 orange
- 1 (1-inch finger) freshly sliced ginger
- 2 whole star anise
- Optional garnish: 8 cinnamon sticks, 8 star anise, sliced apple
Wine, Beer, Cider & Spirits
These locally grown and made libations make wonderful pairings with your holiday feasts! Bonus: All offer online ordering and shipping!
- Balletto Vineyards
- Belden Barns Farm & Winery
- Davis Family Vineyards
- Dry Creek Vineyard
- Dutton-Goldfield Winery
- Eco Terreno Wines
- Ethic Ciders
- Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery
- Furthermore Wines
- Golden State Cider
- Horse & Plow
- Jordan Vineyard & Winery
- Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates & Gardens
- Korbel Champagne Cellars
- Larson Family Winery
- Martinelli Winery & Vineyards
- Matanzas Creek Winery
- McEvoy Ranch
- Moonlight Brewing
- Old World Winery
- Preston Farm & Winery
- Raft Wines
- Rodney Strong Vineyards
- Russian River Vineyards
- Spirit Works Distillery
- Shone Farm Winery
- Square Peg Winery
- Tilted Shed Ciderworks
- Truett Hurst Winery
- Woodfour Brewing