Holiday Dinner à la Julienne

Nov 26, 2012

Is cooking not your thing? Would you rather be gift shopping than thumbing through cookbooks and braving the grocery store? Rather be relaxed, laughing, and chatting with a cocktail in hand than cringing and frantic as the green beans get cold, the mash potatoes gluey, and the filet is a 20 minutes away from barely registering as rare?

One way to beat the homemade holiday feast is to have someone else concoct the menu and conjure the victuals. We recently stopped in to Julienne’s Gourmet Market for a quick treat to appease our Thanksgiving-expanded waistline and got chatting with proprietor Julie Campoy. She turned us on to their “Christmas Menu 2012.”

Here’s a sampling:

Dinner for Four
Wild pistachio and cranberry salmon with orange chipotle sause
Potato chive cakes
Grilled vegetables
Spinach salad with curried cashews and sesame dressing

Dinner for Six
Herb crusted filet of beef
Blackberry port sauce
Garlic mashed potatoes
Haricot verts with orange zest
Caramelized shallots
Spinach salad with curried cashews and sesame dressing
Gruyere popovers

Or how about a Christmas morning breakfast? That comes with…
Bacon and kale frittata
Rosemary roasted potatoes
Pear gingerbread teacake
One bottle of La Marca Prosecco
Julienne hot chocolate

Over the years, Julie has heard countless suggestions, ideas, fancies, and hankerings. She’s taken them all under consideration and has now compiled complete dinners. No thought is needed about what goes with what, which constitutes the majority of the stress when planning a holiday dinner (and some of us just aren’t that good at it).

Julie also understands that some people may want only this or only that, so items can be purchased à la carte as well. Other Julienne temptations include (but are not confined to) crab chowder, mushroom walnut patè, fresh cranberry brown butter tarts, and chocolate pots de crème.

Julienne’s gourmet market also has great hostess gifts and stocking stuffers like spiced cranberry chutney, pumpkin teacake, almond anise biscotti, and mini holiday cookies.

And, for the first time in Julienne’s 27 year history, the market shall be open on a Sunday. In the lead up to Christmas, Julienne will be open Saturday, December 22nd, Sunday, December 23rd, and Monday, the 24th.

Julienne Fine Foods & Celebrations
2649 Mission St., San Marino 91108
For more info, visit


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