Snow Storm Essentials


With a big old winter storm on its way (with plenty of wind and double digit snow accumulations predicted), it’s a good time to stock up on some pantry essentials, prepared meals and snow day treats from your favorite chefs and restaurants. Stay safe and cozy at home (and off the roads) with everything you need – bagels and schmear, cinna-buns, rotisserie chicken, homemade pasta & sauce and more – to ride out the foul weather and support all the local eateries you love. 

Restaurants with Pantry Goodies and Ready to Eat Meals:

Bar Volpe
Pop on over to Southie to stock up on house-made pastas from Karen Akunowicz and her team. Her new restaurant, Bar Volpe, has a whole Pastificio (pasta shop) filled with fresh pasta, sauces and their house ricotta for all your stormy weekend carbo-loading needs.

Branch Line
The crew at this Watertown go-to have put together two dinners to go filled with their famous rotisserie chicken, snap pea salad, fries or roasted potatoes and sweet cream ice cream. Order online here and choose either the classic or the piri piri chicken dinner for a comforting meal while you watch the snow fall.

Everybody’s favorite Shawmut Ave. enoteca, has created some Pizza and Pasta Kits to satisfy all your chilly weather cravings for comforting Italian fare. Order online and get rigatoni bolognese, cavatelli with chicken sausage and margherita pizza kits so you can prepare yourself a delicious Italian feast without leaving the house. Keep an eye on their Insta for any pizza specials too. 

Davio’s – Boston
The flagship outpost of the Northern Italian Steakhouse has a whole Mercato & Butcher Shop so you can have the classics at home — perfect for a snow storm. Get cozy over a bowl of soup (think: tomato, minestrone or chicken and rice), or take your pasta dishes up a notch by outsourcing the sauces (they’ve got pesto, bolognese and San Marzano). Look over the full selection of to-go items here to start mapping out your dinner menu.

Flour Bakery + Cafe
Order yourself some Flour bakery essentials or goodies for breakfast and lunch, and if you need an indoor activity, get some treats to bake at home like cinnamon rolls and ginger molasses cookies through their shop. Find the cafe closest to you online here and get everything you need for your noshing requirements.

If wine and ice cream are on your must-have list – make sure to stock up at Forage before the storm hits. They have pints of seasonal sorbets and unique ice creams like poached pear and hazelnut or rosemary & chocolate brownie ice creams and co-owner/wine know-it-all Stan Hilbert makes sure the eatery is stocked with his favorite natural wines so you can snuggle up with some of the best dessert and wine pairings around. Order on their website and pick-up asap. 

Hi-Rise Bakery
Have your belly and heart filled with wholesome and delicious foods with everything from homemade pastries and specialty roasted coffee, produce, to fresh and frozen dinners-to-go. Stock up on frozen soups or grab an oven-ready quiche, chicken pot pie or mac+cheese – just heat up and eat. Order everything you need here and stay warm and full when the temp drops.

Get all the delicious delicatessen-y treats you need to survive the storm. Just place an order through the Mamaleh’s website and get knishes, rugelach, bagels, latkes, quart of matzah ball soup and more to feed the fam. Click on through for details (pick-up or delivery from Brookline and Cambridge) packages, pricing and all the possibilities.

The talented pasta-making peeps at MIDA have alimentari items to help you make amazing meals in your very own kitchen. Get goodies like garlic macinato, homemade pasta, house-marinated olives, with any other take-out treats like antipasto to-go. Order online here and have everything you need to make dinner at home easy.

Mooncusser Fish House
The team behind, Mooncusser Fish House, are packing up their tasty plates and making them available for takeout so you can stay safe and warm at home while still enjoying an elegant dinner. All you have to do is email your order to the team here and get ready for a delicious night in.

Get a carb-laden take-out feast of Italian eats with a special prix fixe menu for two for pick-up or delivery so you can hunker down at home over a meal of caesar salad, garlic bread, chicken parm and your choice of rigatoni bolognese or bucatini alla vodka. Order through their website here.

Sobre Mesa
They’ve got an assortment of Taco Kits filled with everything that you need to have a fiesta at home – tortillas, pickles veggies, housemade salsa (you’ve got to try the pumpkin seed salsa), fresh garnishes and protein of your choice (like street cart chicken, wood-grilled shiitake, or pork carnitas). Order online here and don’t forget to add an order of churros or tres leches as well to end your night on a sweet note or pitchers  to-go of your favorite cocktail.

Bring the flavors of the Middle East home for your favorite food lover. The team at Sofra Bakery & Cafe has housemade cookies, spice mixes, nuts and preserves available for pre-order and pick-up. Order online here for easy-as-pie go-to winter must haves.

South End Buttery
Keep calm and carry out — pastries, granola, cookies, cupcakes, salads, soups and more. The folks at South End Buttery have something that’ll fit the bill, and ensure you have your favorite treats while you hunker down at home. Order everything you need here.

The whole Sycamore crew have jumped into the new world of take-out with a number of provisions to go like chicken pot pie, housemade chicken sausage and Ghost of Mery cocktail mix along with wine by the bottles to help you have your creature comforts while at home. Order online here and pick-up before the storm comes.

Tony & Elaine’s
This Italian American mainstay makes their red-sauce-and-fresh-pasta meal kits for you to enjoy at home. Mix and match your way to your ideal meal with options like tagliatelle and mezzi rigatoni and classic sauces like vodka and bolognese. The to-go sauces and housemade pastas are available to order on their website for take-out and delivery. Stock up and have a fridge filled with hearty meals at-the-ready for whenever you need ’em.

Puritan & Co.
Chef-owner Will Gilson and his team have added COVID Care Packages to the offerings, but you don’t have to be sick to get this meal kit bring comfort (and nourishment) during a snowstorm. Available online here for takeout and delivery, it’s the perfect way to have a delicious meal to-go.

Vicki Lee’s
Belmont’s go-to for baked goods and scratch-made comfort foods, also has a Ready to Heat Meals menus along with a whole array of cakes, pastries, cookies, breads and pies. You can place your order for pick-up online through their website or by calling 617.489.5007.

Yellow Door Taqueria
Let the team at Yellow Door Taqueria take care of your at-home taco needs with their take-out Grande Taco Kits. Both locations – the one in Lower Mills and the one in the South End – are offering with everything you need to make 12 tacos, chips + guacamole + a side of salsa, elote, and your choice of a non-alcoholic house, coconut, or jalapeño margarita mix (you can upgrade your kit with grande margaritas – which is enough for 8 margaritas). Pick the location closest to you and get your order in soon.

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