Thanksgiving-to-go: Bay Area holiday takeout guide

Whole Foods Market has added new sides to its holiday takeout offeringsthis year, including maple-roasted brussels sprouts and sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots (Photo: Whole Foods Market).

For some, it’s not the contentious conversations around the holiday dinner table that cause stress. It’s the actual table — and all the work involved in preparing a perfectly golden turkey, along with all the side dishes and desserts. All those trips to the grocery store. All that meal planning. Ugh.

Why not be thankful this year for the many Bay Area markets and restaurants that are willing to do the work for you? Whether you’re looking for an entire spread to feed 10 or a few unique side dishes to complete your holiday feast, we’ve found everything you need to feed your friends and family — right down to glorious, show-stopping pies.

Here are seven Bay Area purveyors, from Oakland’s PieTisserie to Palo Alto’s Belcampo, with gourmet holiday items that fit the bill and take the stress off. Shhh. No one needs to know.

Gunther’s Restaurant & Catering

Looking to feed a small army or just spruce up your table with a stellar side? This German-inspired delicatessen in San Jose has you covered.

Options: A complete dinner ($30-$50 per person) starts with your choice of four proteins, including slow-roasted free-range turkey with sourdough dressing or a Cure 81 smoked honey-baked ham. Whichever option you choose, the entree is accompanied by mashed potatoes, from-scratch turkey gravy, candied yams, green beans amandine, cranberry-apple sauce, a garden salad and fresh-baked Curacao rolls and butter. (Psst, you can also order these items a la carte by the pint or quart.)

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Details: Orders must be placed by Nov. 20 for pick up on Nov. 22 (call for times) at 1601 Meridian Ave., San Jose. Find a full list of takeout fare at www.guntherscatering.com (click on “Catering,” then “Holiday” then “Thanksgiving”).

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