By: Bethany Bergin
This time of year is incredibly hectic for most folks. Holiday preparations loom over most of our heads like a cumulonimbus of stress, overindulgence, and pressure to make things “just right”. Often, we find ourselves eating less healthy, as we scurry around town on our errands. Pizza boxes pile up in the recycling bin, and we realize that our two year old has become proficient with chopsticks from eating so much Chinese takeout.
But take heart, sustainable living newbie!!! You have options beyond that cardboard sandwich sitting under a heat lamp. Here are some amazing restaurants, caterers, and bakeries in our area that can feed your tummy and your soul.
PPD2-Bar-B-Q Caterer (Carver) 617.943.6427 I grew up in the South, and I know my barbecue. Wardell Loatman, who runs PPD2, is a genius when it comes to barbecue and delicious, home style Southern food. His mobile catering service will come to your party, company event, or your house and feed you with delicious yams, potato salad, barbecued chicken and ribs, and homemade collard greens, black-eyed peas, and many other southern delicacies. PPD2 sources its ingredients locally, and when produce is in season here on the South Shore, all their produce comes from local farmers’ markets. Serving groups from 20-200, from Braintree to P-town, PPD2 takes the stress and strain out of holiday entertaining and makes it delicious and comforting.
Mama Micki’s All Natural Bakery (Scituate) 781.545.1208 http://www.mamamickis.com Natural. Organic. Handmade. Yummy! Mama Micki’s is dedicated to providing baked goods that have no artificial ingredients or preservatives that also taste delicious. Among the offerings are cookies, biscotti, and dog biscuits, with many Vegan options available. Make sure to try the chocolate chip flax cookies. Nom, nom, nom!!!
Bondo’s Fine Dining (Marshfield) 781.319.9825 www.bondosrestaurant.com Now you just pull your car right out of that drive-thru line and head over to Bondo’s for a meal that’s worth eating! With a menu that includes such goodness as roast beet and baby green salad with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds, all available for takeout or dining in, you may never have to say “I’ll have a #7 with a diet.” again. Hooray for that!
Doorknock Dinner (Norwell) 781.659.3858 www.doorknockdinner.com We lead such hectic lives these days—we often get home from a busy, bustling day to find our kitchens dark and our pots empty. I know of some magical dinner fairies, however! The good folks at Doorknock Dinner will deliver a delicious, wholesome meal to your door. Pick up your fork and let go of the guilt of bringing home dinner in a bucket again.
So, don’t lose heart, even when it comes to eating on the go. You have healthful, locally sourced options. Enjoy your food, enjoy your busy life, and eat well and locally. It is possible if you just look beyond the drive thru sign!
Bethany Bergin is a mother and a writer who loves to cook for friends and family. She and her husband cultivate an organic garden and are always in search of new ways to incorporate sustainable living practices into their lives, and to teach these principles to their children. She enjoys nature and being outdoors.