Holiday meals and gift ideas abound in Petaluma

With questions about COVID spikes, staffing issues, and supply chain issues, restaurants and caterers have taken a little longer to make their vacation meal announcements this year, but they’ve fallen apart. intensified since I published the first early risers in last week’s newspaper. There are a growing number of options, and every day more are announced in the “Holiday Food” pinned post, which can be found in the Facebook section of Petaluma Foodie. Some restaurants, caterers, and grocery stores don’t have a strong social media presence, so they often post their menus on this page. However, as that number of offers grows, ordering times are looming on the horizon, so make that decision quickly so you can ensure you have plenty of delicious food on the table around the holidays.

Anna B’s Kitchen has a wonderful menu of holiday treats, including delicious oven-wrapped brie topped with caramelized onions and bacon or sautéed apples and pecans. The main courses are the roasted turkey chip roulade, the chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms, mozzarella and spinach, the portobello mushrooms stuffed with roasted garlic tomatoes, herbs and ricotta, and the loin of roast pork marinated in orange, garlic and rosemary. Some of the many other appetizers on offer include a French onion dip with house crostini, a trio of triangular phyllo pies, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and a whole host of pancakes and delicious pastries. There is also a delicious dessert menu. Contact Anna directly to order at (415) 269-4381 or [email protected]

Bay Laurel Culinary ( has always produced some of the best catering meals in the area, focusing as much as possible on local ingredients. Their menu is really impressive and we have always enjoyed the food we have ordered from them very much. This year’s holiday menu is an “everything but the bird” affair, although I see their classic BLC Glazed Chip Ham, so that seems like a good alternative. Their boxes of artisanal cold cuts and cheeses, their Dungeness crab salad and Liberty duck liver pate are just a few of their many entrees, which on their own could make a great meal on their own. We love their celeriac bisque, roasted Brussels sprouts, and roasted mushrooms in wine for sides. For desserts, the choices are Classic Lemon Bundt Cake, Pecan Pie, Sweet and Sour Chocolate Bundt Cake, and Guinness Gingerbread Cake with Buttermilk Frosting. This Saturday, December 18, pre-orders are due for pickup reservations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, December 24. Also check out their “Sugar and Spice” holiday gifts on their website.

Back by popular demand, FA Nino’s ( is once again offering its Christmas tamales in mole beef, pork or chicken in coconut. Pickup takes place Sunday, December 19 from noon to 4 p.m. in their tasting room and can be ordered through the “products” page of their website. Pre-orders may be over already, so if you’re reading this and want some, put down your paper, grab your internet access device, and place your order ASAP.

OTL Fine Catering (formerly Out to Lunch, offers limited holiday meals by special order. We had amazing Beef Wellington from them over the past holiday season, and it was phenomenal. It’s no mystery why they honor the Harvest Fair awards each year. Please call for more information at 707-766-9810.

Petaluma has plenty of bread options, but Pane di Vero ( is one of our favorites and is currently taking pre-orders for delivery on Thursday, December 23. Visit their website for a full list of Homemade Parker Rolls, Babkas, Pretzel Rolls, Cinnamon Bread, Cookie Tins and more.

Penngrove Market ( just released their Christmas dinner menu, and it’s still going strong. We have enjoyed several special take out dinner from them over the past couple of years and are always impressed with the workmanship, quantity and value. This year’s entrees are Liberty Farms Seared Whole Duck, Seared Rib-eye Roast, or Boar’s Head Brown Sugar Glazed Ham. Dinner includes one of these main courses, plus two pounds of organic scalloped potatoes, two pounds of wood-oven roasted seasonal vegetables, and a winter green salad with cranberries, pistachios, pickled onions and balsamic vinaigrette. . You can also order à la carte orders for the main entrance or side dishes. Orders must be picked up on Friday December 24 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Feast of the 7 Fishes

Pearl ( is offering their “7 Fish Feast” again this holiday season, although the date has yet to be announced. However, as a tradition of Christmas Eve dinner in southern Italy and Italy, I guess it will be around Christmas Eve. There are no hard or fast rules about which dishes or fish are part of a 7 fish feast, but often included more than one fish per dish. Last year’s Pearl Feast was one of the best meals of our holiday season. Few chefs can cook fish dishes like Pearl’s chef / co-owner Brian Leitner, which makes for a truly special opportunity. Regular readers now know that when we see a fish dish on Pearl’s menu, from the whimsical sounding ‘halibut bawdy’ to the harmless sounding but deliciously tasty ‘fish stew’, we order it, without even checking out the little ones. characters. Their current “fish stew” is “rockfish, local Dungeness crab and mussels, Jerusalem artichoke, turmeric tomato broth” and even just black and white, it’s mouth watering. Often, word of mouth is enough to sell Pearl’s dinner specials, so give them a call or email them if you’re interested.

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