Outsource the Cooking for Your Next Party With These Local Options

Why cook when you can get someone else to put together your party spread for you? These spots will help make your next party a breeze.

Photo courtesy of Costa Vida.


Lina’s Italian Market

This much-loved Italian grocery store and deli has upped its game in recent years, expanding into Windsor Park, Inglewood and a “Supermercato” location at 130 Avenue S.E. Lina’s does offer full catering options with pizza, deli trays and paninis, but not much beats grabbing a tray of lasagna and warming it in the oven before guests start to arrive.

Multiple locations, linasmarket.com


Cedar’s Deli

It’s not a party without dip! This Mediterranean mainstay can hook hosts up with trios of hummus, tzatziki and baba ganoush, served with pita chips, as well as trays stacked with stuffed vine leaves, spinach phyllo and falafel balls. Don’t forget to grab some baklava for dessert.

Multiple locations, cedarsdeli.com



Costa Vida

This casual chain restaurant is a go-to for festive Mexican feasts that bring flavour and fun to any kind
of party. The Top-Shelf taco bar setup comes with a choice of protein (get the sweet pork!), tortillas, beans, rice and other taco fixin’s. Bulk things up by opting for a burrito bar or go leaner with a taco salad option. Gluten-free tortillas are available.

Multiple locations, costavida.com


Empire Provisions

Locally owned Empire is best-known for its house charcuterie, which is definitely a worthy addition to any function, but it also offers a full array of seasonal holiday-appropriate bites and entrees to wow food-focused guests.

8409 Elbow Dr. S.W., 403-244-0570, empireprovisions.com



Devour Catering

For an elegant holiday party, a professional caterer offers an extra level of luxury. Devour does full-fledged catering, but also offers serve-it-yourself deliveries, including full family-style dinners and special-occasion party boxes.

538 42 Ave. S.W., 403-242-0046, devourcatering.com


Brie and Banquet

Blowing up the concept of the typical charcuterie board, Brie and Banquet’s grazing boards and tables are true works of art. Filled with high-end cheeses and meats, pickles, jams, fruit and the prettiest garnishes, these trays are designed to impress.

524 42 Ave. S.E., 403-874-7006, brieandbanquet.com

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This article appears in the November 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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