The best part of every holiday is the big, once-a-year meal.
While COVID-19 may prevent large gatherings, you can still have a great dinner with your loved ones for Thanksgiving or whatever winter holidays you celebrate. This year has been a bit stressful, though, so remember: You don’t have to do all the cooking yourself — caterers abound in West Michigan.
And if you do want to cook, you can get the highest quality ingredients from local specialty grocers and butchers. If you’re wondering where to look, we’re here to help. While the list is nowhere near comprehensive, this is our guide for your upcoming holiday dinners.
Wedding, social, corporate and picnic dinners, with weekly specials.
Meals with a Martha’s Vineyard touch.
The Gilmore Collection’s catering service, complete with a wood-fired pizza cart.
Kangaroo Kitchen & Catering
Grand Rapids caterer with a knack for colorful presentation.
Passionate caterer focusing on local, fresh ingredients.
American, Polish and Mexican food for groups of all sizes.
Du Jour Catering
All-around catering service helmed by head chef Evon Vargaz.
Above & Beyond Catering
Caterer offering takeaway Thanksgiving and holiday dinners.
Innovative Tex-Mex caterer offering pickup for small gatherings.
Vault Catering and Events
Very modern, professional caterer.
Longtime caterer for the Grand Rapids area, serving many local facilities.
Everyday Chef and Wife
Personal chef and wife duo creating innovative, from-scratch meals.
Newer catering company with experienced chefs.
Artisan of Grand Haven
Beloved caterer in Grand Haven, with a wide variety of offerings.
Catering service from Millennium Restaurant Group for the Kalamazoo area.
855 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids
Full-service butcher shop with an emphasis on made-in-Michigan.
621 Lyon St. NE, Grand Rapids
Meat, sausage, smoked goods and other local products.
Leyen and Son Meats
844 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids
Locally sourced, generational family business.
Louise Earl Butcher
1106 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Whole-animal butcher shop with all naturally raised meat. Plus, rubs and sauces.
1021 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Nearly 100-year-old market, with homemade sausage, custom meats and specialty groceries.
Dokl Meat Market
4615 West River Dr., Comstock Park
Friendly, community-focused butcher, meat market and grill.
1107 Walker Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Meat market with Polish options that’s been around since 1948.
3450 Remembrance Rd., Walker
Local shop famous for its pulled pork and signature rub.
Carvers and Fish Lads
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
The best, most premium meats from land and sea in the Downtown Market.
2225 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Neighborhood shop with a butcher, deli and tons of premium groceries.
200 Union Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Gourmet grocer and wine merchant featuring premium products and meals.
4455 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
Unique market with great produce, flowers, a deli, gift baskets and more.
Forest Hills Foods
4668 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids
Sizable grocer with many services, including premade meals and holiday dinners.
638 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Incredibly colorful, innovative chocolates and other treats.
Grand Traverse Pie Company
Local chain with dozens of pies to choose from.
Grand Rapids Cheesecake Company
2255 Alpine Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Flavorful cheesecakes ranging from raspberry to pumpkin.
Classic bakery with 50 varieties of pie, changing with the seasons.