Christmas 2019: 13 potluck suggestions for your holiday parties

Joko Magalong-De Veyra

Posted at Dec 18 2019 01:08 PM

The Christmas season is a veritable rush. There are presents to buy, people to see, and food to enjoy. If the rush may have gotten the best of you and you find yourself in a bind of what to bring to your next potluck or serve in your party, worry not! 

In this list, we present delectable savory party trays that run the whole range from Filipino comfort food to Michelin-starred delights to cheese to even gourmet sushi. So whether you’re looking for something today or for a week from now, here are some options that are available for pick-up or through your friendly delivery booking service. 

SAME DAY 

1. Manam

Enjoy Manam’s bestsellers at your party like the Pansit Palabok and the Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon. For 10-12 persons, these trays can be picked up an hour after calling in/ordering in any of their stores, as well as also being available for delivery via Food Panda. 

2. Kam’s Roast

One of three Michelin-starred trays in this list, the Kam’s Roast Feast Platter has all of Kam’s bestsellers from duck to roast pork to char sui. Coming in two sizes (small and large), you can call in or order in-store and the platters will be ready in 30 minutes for pick-up. 

3. Tim Ho Wan

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tim Ho Wan has Chef’s Basket options for groups of 6 to 10 persons. It’s a dimsum party for 6 with the Chef’s Basket A, which has its world-famous barbecue pork buns, chow mien stir-fried noodles, beancurd skin roll, spring rolls, pork and shrimp dumpling, and prawn sauce chicken wing. Complimentary custard rolls are also included. Order in store or call in and pick-up will be after 30 minutes. 

4. Hawker Chan

The world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant offers combination platters for your next potluck. One platter has the Tim Ho Wan essentials like Soya Sauce Chicken, Char Siew, Roast Pork with braised beas and seasonal vegetables, while the other platter has the same with an additional option of fried dumplings. Take something world famously delicious by phoning in or ordering in store and picking up after 30 minutes.
 
5. Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From Risotto Tartufo Fungi or Beef Salpicao, these platters are available with ideally two hours lead time for pick-up in store or delivery through Food Panda, Grab and Zomato online. 

ONE TO THREE DAYS BEFORE 

1. Palm Grill 

Bring something exotic and decadent in your next potluck with trays of Palm Grill’s Curacha (fresh spanner crabs) in Special Coconut Sauce or the Locon (medium prawns) ala Zamboanga cooked in coconut, crab fat, turmeric and other spices. Order two days in advance, trays are available for pick-up in their store, or through pick-up with your preferred delivery services. Tel. 8373-1668/09165604583

2. Mimi and Bros 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wow with a Lechon Porchetta or a platter of its tasty Mimi’s Fried Chicken! Comfort food is the name of the game with these trays and more, which are available with two days lead time. Choose between store pick-up or booking Lalamove or Grab delivery. Tel. 88267737

3. La Petite Fromagerie
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There’s nothing classier than bringing a cheese plate to a party. In La Petite Fromagerie, you’ve got that option and more. There are truffle cream cheese spreads available with crostinis, or specialty appetizers like a double brie served with fruit or nuts. Feeling extra fancy? Bring a whole cheese buffet for your party! (Even raclette is an option.) 

4. Pepita’s Kitchen

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Besides its famous stuffed lechon, Pepita’s Kitchen also has to-die-for dishes available for your party like the Crab Gulong Gulong. Available with whole crabs or with only crab meat, this seafood extravaganza will have your guests reaching for so much rice. Lead time for ordering is 2-3 days. Tel. 0917 866 0662

5. The Plaza Catering

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you’ve got time to reheat, we highly recommend ordering The Plaza’s famous ham or corned beef. But if you’re looking for a ready-to-eat option, the whole roasted turkey (starts at 7 kg) is a grand gesture especially when you add on your choice of stuffing. For a smaller serving, the chicken relleno is 1.5 kg and good for 10-15 persons. Lead time for ordering is usually 3 days or even shorter. Tel. 77290001, 77290002, 88908446

6. Wok with Mom 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Specializing in Chinese dishes done with love and tradition, Wok with Mom made a splash last year with its Pat Po Kwe (8 Treasure Chicken) but other dishes like the Pork Knuckles stewed for four hours also deserve a mention. (Traditionally, this dish also stands for wealth). These and more dishes are perfect trays to welcome the new year! Tel. 0917-8663562

7. Bambi’s Gourmet

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chef Bambi Reyes-Javelosa creates gourmet platters that will make your guests stop and take a picture. Guests have options from appetizers to rolls to different mains including dishes that use imported ingredients hand-carried from Japan. The latter (which includes dishes like Grilled Hamachi Kama) needs at least a week’s notice, while other dishes like her tempura or assorted sashimi and sushi may be available in one or two days. Tel. 09998814272

8. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Comfort food options abound with chef Portia Baluyut-Magsino’s platter menu that includes Rustic Mornings bestsellers like Caesar Salad, Beef and Tinapa Burritos, Vongole Pasta, and even Middle Eastern dishes like Tomato Curry Kofta, among others. These festive party trays from Marikina’s breakfast comfort food haven can serve 10-15 people with a lead time to order of 2-3 days. Trays are available for pick-up or grab service from Marikina. Tel. 0917-7005810