As the festive season rolls around again, all of us are looking for a way to remove some of the stress from the big day. So instead of relying on your relatives to pick up the slack, allow one of Adelaide’s chefs or producers to make the day a little less of a nightmare. From a full three-course meal to festive-themed drinks and dessert, some of Adelaide’s best have got you covered.

My Grandma Ben catering

Plant 4’s My Grandma Ben has several boxes available that cover the supporting players of Christmas lunch: salads. There are five different family-sized salads at $50 each, including a fattoush (a traditional Lebanese salad with toasted flat bread and greens), an Asian-style red cabbage slaw with pickled root vegetables and kimchi dressing, a cauliflower and grain salad, a vegan-friendly green panzanella (a summery Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes) and a classic Greek salad with garlic and fennel marinated feta, fresh veg, kalamata olives and grains. Plus, a “dips and pieces” grazing box ($65), which includes various dips, sourdough crostini, olives and the cafe’s zucchini pickles. Plus, boxes of MGB’s house-made crumpets with spiced butter are available for $25 to take the hassle out of Christmas morning.

Orders for all these items close at 6pm on December 19 (unless sold out prior).

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Prohibition Liquor’s Christmas gin
This year, the spirit was made with macerated cherries and figs from the Adelaide Hills, and elevated with late harvest Chardonnay grapes and bright Riverland citrus, plus Christmas spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Serve it over ice, in a festive French 75 cocktail (shaken with lemon juice and sugar syrup and topped with sparkling white wine), or drizzled on Christmas pudding or over ice cream.

Orso at home
In addition to a holiday gift pack, Orso is offering an elaborate three-course Christmas Feast Box with all the trimmings ($400) to feed four. The chefs will prepare a cider-glazed ham with spiced apple and tomato chutney, house-made ciabatta, and burrata with Piel de Sapo melon, crushed cucumber and prosciutto for your starters; plus a slow-roast turkey breast with pistachio, cranberry and sage stuffing and hot smoked salmon with slaw and horseradish for the main event; and a scorched meringue with vanilla and lemon cream, berries and orange syrup for dessert, among a bunch of sides. You just need to do some simple assembling. Order before December 18 (or until sold out) for Christmas Eve pick-up.

Chefs on Wheels
Let chef Paul Baker (formerly of Botanic Gardens Restaurant) take the reins this Christmas lunch with his Chefs on Wheels project. His team is cooking up the classics, and then some, to take the pressure off you and yours. Choose between free-range turkey breast with Café de Paris butter; a rosemary and confit garlic pull-apart loaf; truffled cauliflower and broccoli mac ‘n’ cheese; a pumpkin, feta and sage galette; and more; plus a black forest brioche and butter pudding and bake-at-home mince tarts. Orders are open until December 17 and available for delivery until the end of December.

Shibui Dessert Bar
Impress your guests with a box of intricately-decorated Christmas pastries. Shibui Dessert Bar’s Christmas boxes include a “snowflake bauble” with passionfruit and mango jelly and mango mousse; an “Xmas tree” with vanilla mousse, apple compote, gingerbread sable and vanilla sponge; a “Rudolph” with chocolate brownie filling on a chocolate ganache tart; and a “Santa’s belly” which features coconut mousse, raspberry jelly, and buttermilk sponge. The box costs $65. To pre-order, DM Shibui on Instagram.

Mayfair Bakery and Patisserie
For more classic Christmas dessert fare, Mayfair Bakery has you sorted. There are traditional Christmas puddings, as well as a new vegan Christmas pudding available this year. Mayfair is also selling its spiced butterscotch sauce and fruit mince pies made with Mad Monkey baked apple rum. Shop in-store or at the Adelady or Brand South Australia Christmas Village markets.

Additional reporting by Daniela Frangos.

This article was originally published on December 6, 2021. It was updated on December 6, 2023 to reflect new information, including prices, and remove out-of-date details.