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Food & Wine: Holiday Entertaining 

Food & Wine: Holiday Entertaining 

Don't feel like cooking for the holidays? Not sure what to give as gifts? Many downtown Westfield restaurants and bakeries offer catering services, and many of our food centric retailers are offering baskets and platters for all your entertaining and gift giving needs. 

Catering:

Farinolio is one of the 31 newly opened N.J. restaurants you need to try right now

Farinolio can cater your party or event with delicious baked goods, both savory & sweet. They are a casual Tuscan cafe with fresh baked breads, sandwiches and more. If you are looking for that unique idea to host or bring to a party, stop in and talk to them about their new catering menu. Enjoy this article about Farinolio on nj.com. 121 E. Broad St.  908.325.2486. www.farinolio.com 

Holiday Catering from Feast

Don't stress this holiday season! Talk to Stephen and order everything you need for the Holidays from Feast Catering. Whether it's for Christmas Day or just a holiday party you are having, let Feast look after it for you.  Drop in to pick up a menu or visit their website.  27 Elm St., 908.654.0045. www.feastcateringwestfield.com

Holiday Seafood Platters from Westfield Seafood

If seafood is part of your holiday entertaining, Westfield Seafood is your place for shrimp platters and your seven fishes. Place your orders in advance for shrimp platters, lobsters or anything else requiring special preparation. Opened clams and oysters must be ordered by December 19.  Westfield Seafood will be sure to have lots more on hand for which no orders are needed, including shrimp, lobster tails, flounder, sole, clams in shell and oreganata, mussels, cockles, calamari and lots more. They will be open 10am-7pm from December 17-23, and 10am-5pm on the 24th. Closed December 25 and 26. 220 South Ave. W., 908.233.3042. www.westfieldseafood.com 

Holiday Catering from Xocolatz

A Holiday Wish, from Xocolatz: I wish I didn't have to cook, I wish I could bring the appetizers, I wish cooking was easier, I wish he would give me a gift card, I wish she would give me a gift card. For all those holiday wishes, Xocolatz is here to help! Enjoy the holiday season and let them do the work for you. Visit their website to view their catering menu. Plus, join them every Thursday in December -- Wear your favorite ugly sweater and receive a complimentary chef's appetizer! 235 Elmer St., 908.232.3962. www.xocolatznj.com 

Catering from Tinga Taqueria

Tinga offers catering for all occasions, and Tinga gift cards make great gifts during the holiday season. Stop in for a family friendly environment and new kids meals too. 110 Central Ave., 908.301.0100. www.tingausa.com/westfield.html  

Gift Baskets/Gift Cards/Chocolates & More:

Gift Baskets at Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics

Patricia & Paul has the freshest and healthiest Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamics around but, did you know that they have so much more? They also carry Harney & Sons Tea, artisan pottery made here in Westfield, elegant serving pieces from Pampa Bay, local honey, French mustards and cookies, Surf's Up Candles, holiday Pamela Cassidy dish towels, organic tomato sauce from Dogwood Farms in NJ, and gourmet food imported from Italy. Stop in and they will be happy to assist you with all your gift giving needs. 20 Elm St., 908.232.3866. www.patriciaandpaul.com

Turning Point Holiday Gift Card Promotion

Peace, Love and Bonus Bucks... Buy $50 in gift cards, and get $10 in bonus bucks; Buy $100 in gift cards, get $25 in bonus bucks. This holiday promotion runs through December 24. Buy them in the store or online. 137 Central Ave., 908.264.8180. www.theturningpoint.biz

Fresh Dipped Chocolates at The Chocolate Bar

Come watch owner Neil Grote dip fresh fruit, oreos, pretzels and more into melted chocolate as he makes the treats for your special holiday chocolate platters and boxes. Let the holiday dipping begin! The Chocolate Bar is open early for coffee and fresh treats. 112 Quimby St., 908.389.3000. www.facebook.com/thechocolatebar 

Chocolate Platters from Kilwins

Stop by Kilwins Westfield for all your holiday needs. Gift baskets, chocolate platters and stocking stuffers are available. Stop by for a fudge sample and let one of their associates help you pick out the perfect gift. 9 Elm St., 908.264.7476. www.kilwins.com/westfield

Coffee Gift Baskets at Ahrre's Coffee Roastery

Ahrre's is taking orders for coffee, tea and chocolate gift baskets ($65-$90 with pick-up, add $18 for shipping). Stop in to order the baskets or order online. They also have ready-to-give gift bags for $21. Buy five and get one free! When you're there. enjoy a seasonal drink special: Peppermint Hot Chocolate or Peppermint Latté for $4. 104 Elm St., 908.232.7977. 

www.ahrre.com

Prix Fixe Midweek Dinners at Theresa's 

For the month of December, enjoy a 3-course dinner at Theresa's for $25, Monday - Thursday. Plus, they are offering a groupon discount -- pay $35, get $50 voucher to be used toward their delicious Italian food. See the Groupon page here. Offers may not be combined. 47 Elm St., 908.233.9133. www.theresasrestaurant.com   

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