The holiday season is upon us, so I wanted to talk about my holiday favourites and some of the best places to get supplies.
Holiday entertaining is one of my favourite activities and it’s never complete without a selection of meats and cheeses. We’re lucky to have a lot of options these days. The selection of cheeses from Victoria at the Charlottetown Cheese Co. in the Saturday Charlottetown Farmers’ Market is always excellent. You can’t go wrong with Red or White Fox and, my current favourite, Crackington for your holiday cheese plate. If you want to accompany these with a local cheese then the always reliably delicious gouda from the Gouda Lady will not let you down. Their baby wheels also make a great gift.
If you’re looking to accompany that cheese with some charcuterie then there are now some great local choices as well. Dave Mottershall’s newly launched Salumerie out of Bogside Brewing in Montague offers both amazing quality and some unique takes on classic Italian flavours. Dave’s products are now available (alongside a selection of cheese from the Charlottetown Cheese Co.) at Kent Street Market. Founder’s Delicatessen in Founder’s Hall also offers a good selection.
For me, you can’t quite call it a cheese board if you don’t have any bread, particularly a baguette. For that I always stop at the Receiver Brass Shop, the Breadworks bread is both organic and delicious. Grab some of their coffee beans while you’re there to sooth that post-holiday party headache.
You’ll probably need something to roast as well. If you’re partial to turkey, then you can’t beat Larkin Brothers. You can pre-order their turkey and turkey products for pick-up at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market or their farm in New Glasgow. For a roast beef, I’m never disappointed by KJL. They butcher their own animals and have a great selection of sausages, pork products and other items at both their Riverside Drive and Capitol Drive locations.
If you’re more inclined towards vegetarian or meat substitutes, then Riverview Country Market will have you covered. Stir it Up, located in Founder’s Hall, also has a selection of homemade vegan meat substitutes for sale. For me, the holidays also mean a lot of seafood. Check out MR Seafood on Thompson Drive in Charlottetown for a great selection of fish, seafood and, especially, oysters.
Of course, hosting is a lot of work and sometimes it’s just nice to go out and meet friends for a drink or a bite to eat. I’m very excited to hear that the new restaurant from the owners of the Blue Mussel Café will open before the end of November. I’m also a big fan of Marc’s Lounge above Brickhouse. Marc’s has the same great food as Brickhouse in a warm and intimate space. You can’t beat their cocktails and their Wine Wednesday program is one of the best values in town.
Finally, you want to make sure you have sharp knives to carve that turkey (or tofurkey). Go see my friend Adam at the Cook’s Edge on Pownal Street in Charlottetown. If you’re in the market for a nice set of knives, he’s got the best selection in town and will steer you in the right direction.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. See you in the New Year!