To prepare for this holiday season, don’t look any further than Durham’s locally owned boutiques, eateries, and specialty shops. Find hand-crafted tableware, fresh meat and produce from nearby farms, and Bull City-made beverages and sweets, perfect for your next holiday party.
Set the Scene
Welcome guests to your home with the classic scent of North Carolina, thanks to the Greenleaf Magnolia Aroma Decor Diffuser Oil at Morgan Imports in the Brightleaf district.
Stumped on what to cook? Head a few doors down to Parker and Otis and pick up the latest cookbooks from North Carolina chefs like Vivian Howard, Ashley Christensen, and Katie Button. Parker and Otis’ sister shop, Chet Miller, overflows with carefully curated home décor items and gifts. Choose delicate champagne coupes and crystal wine glasses, intricately designed china and thank you notes for your guests that declare “Durham is awesome”.
Finally, pick up a beautiful centerpiece of locally grown and seasonal flowers from Pine State Flowers.
The Freshest Food
Start the meal with a charcuterie plate of bierwurst, pepperoni, head cheese, and hot coppa from Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop. This holiday season, they’ll also be preparing free range and heritage breed turkeys, Hampshire, Suffolk, and Yorkshire hams, and specialty roasts like porchetta and ribeye roasts. On the sweet side of the shop, an apple pecan cake is the perfect autumn accompaniment.
Sips and Sweets
If you’d prefer to skip the prep work altogether, there’s one place in Durham that’s got you covered. The kitchen at celebrated Foster’s Market will be working overtime this holiday season to provide completely prepared holiday meals. Pick your favorite hors d’oeuvres, soups, main courses, sides, and desserts from a huge menu of Southern favorites. Standouts are the baked brie wrapped in puff pastry, bone-in cured ham, sweet potato casserole with spicy pecans, and Foster’s famous cheddar herb biscuits.
For sweets, head to East Durham Pie Company for a malted pumpkin pie, or a brown butter pecan pie from Scratch. If cake is more your fancy, pick up a boozy, brown sugar vanilla rum cake from Chez Moi, or a buttermilk frosted Bundt cake from Big Bundts & More. See all Durham bakeries >>
Once dinner is taken care of, all you’ve got to think about is beverages. Make a batch of spiked holiday punch with gin from Durham Distillery, or try Krupnikas, a honey-spiced liqueur, in mixed drinks from Brothers Vilgalys. On the softer side, sip Cackalacky beers from Durham-based Fullsteam Brewery, or enjoy bottles of North Carolina wine from Bull Craft Bottle Shop.