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How to make at-home entertaining easier

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How to make at-home entertaining easier

There’s no denying the pandemic has changed our lives in a multitude of ways, and one of the most significant is how we get together with the people we care about. As cooler weather arrives and more gatherings move indoors, what can you do to make serving healthy, hassle-free, delicious food a snap instead of a slog?

Kick back, take it easy: Fresh City has you covered. No matter how many people you’re feeding—be it a group or just yourself—Fresh City has an extensive selection of local, organic, sustainable offerings to suit every palate, personality and preference. (If you decide you’d rather whip something up from scratch, you can shop for all your ingredients at Fresh City, too!)

Founded in 2011, Fresh City is an urban-farming collective and retailer of fresh, organic produce, products and prepared food that can be delivered straight to your door, too. Fresh City’s high-quality, chef-inspired meals and desserts—which are prepared from scratch daily in their Toronto kitchens using Mabel’s Bakery baked-goods recipes, meats from The Healthy Butcher and ingredients from Fresh City’s farmers and makers—are also local, seasonal and sustainably sourced. They source only the highest-quality ingredients so you can feel good about what you’re serving your friends and family.

Whether you’re having a date night in, hosting a dinner party or just looking for a quick and easy suppertime solution for the kids, Fresh City has everything you need to take the legwork out of cooking, so you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying convenient, prepared-with-care food with the ones you love.

How to make at-home entertaining easier

Date-night dining

Dinner for two? Simple. Spice up the spread for your special someone with Mabel’s savoury chicken curry, which pairs perfectly with an amber ale—such as GoodLot Brewing Company’s Bighead Amber—from Fresh City’s Bottle Shop. Or settle in for a hearty serving of organic oven-baked chicken parmigiana with some fresh seasonal vegetables on a chilly evening, alongside a glass of Southbrook Vineyards’ refreshingly acidic 2018 Laundry pinot noir. And, for dessert, you can’t go wrong with a pair of lusciously rich single-serving-sized versions of Mabel’s famous flourless chocolate cake.

Flavourful fare for any function

Book clubs, baby showers, birthday parties—when you’re feeding a group, you want easily available food that tastes fantastic. A lasagna’s layers of noodles, sauce and cheese make it a certified crowd-pleaser, and Fresh City can help you wow all manner of guests this fall: Mabel’s veggie lasagna for the vegetarians, and a traditional meat lasagna for the carnivores. Both pair beautifully with a light, fruity red wine, such as Malivore Wine Company’s 2019 small-lot gamay. After the meal, just slice up a few of Mabel’s award-winning pies or put out a fruit platter or some chocolate shortbread cookies, and you’re set!

Comforting kid-approved cuisine

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Organic flax tortillas, tasty organic veggies, organic ground chicken—all smothered in gooey cheese—is there anything about Mabel’s enchilada bake that won’t delight parents and even the pickiest of pint-sized eaters? And on family game nights, movie nights or just hanging-out-together nights, simply pop a large shepherd’s pie entrée into the oven, pour a round of Pristine Gourmet’s non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider and have some cupcakes or a tub of fruity sorbet at the ready for dessert.

How to make at-home entertaining easier

With Fresh City’s convenient multi-day delivery throughout the GTA (seven days a week in Toronto), you don’t even have to leave home: You can have your meals, organic groceries and alcohol delivered right to your door.

Enjoying healthy food with high-quality ingredients doesn’t get much easier than that. Visit freshcityfarms.com for more information.

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