Your Christmas planning checklist

24 Oct 2017

The countdown to Christmas has started, so to help you plan a stress-free festive season, we’ve created an entertaining essentials checklist.


1. Order your ham

Does Christmas ham take pride of place on your yule tide table? If so, save yourself time, energy and valuable space in the oven by letting the experts take care of business.

The Black Truffle’s hams are second to none. Bred in WA, the leg hams are semi boneless and are available in two sizes – small (4-5kg) and family (6-8kg). Each is scored, glazed and baked to perfection. Customers can choose from two house-made glazes: our signature cumquat, and maple, honey and mustard.

Make sure you place your order now!


2. Plan your Christmas catering

On Christmas Day we should be enjoying the company of good friends and family, but instead, many of us spent it slaving over a hot stove. This year, step out of the kitchen and have someone else cater for you.

The Black Truffle has an extensive Christmas catering menu featuring both hot and cold options including traditional turkey breast rolls, stuffed with pistachios and cranberries; rolled pork seasoned with a delicious blend of almonds, herbs and spices; traditional roasting vegetables; quiche tarts; a wide selection of salads; festive desserts; entertaining platters and much more.

Place your order now and tick Christmas lunch off your checklist!


3. Be prepared for Christmas Day drop-ins

Oddly, you can go a year without seeing some family and friends but come Christmas, there’s the urgent need to catch up. Drop-ins, both scheduled and unscheduled, are common at this time of year, so it’s a good idea to have some entertaining staples on hand.

For pre-lunch drop-ins, The Black Truffle stocks a huge selection of sweet treats, perfect for morning tea. Panforte, panettone and biscotti are all incredibly delicious Italian favourites that keep well in the pantry or fridge. We also stock a great range of artisan chocolates, herbal teas and our own special Dimattina coffee blend, available both grounded for plungers or as roasted beans.

For afternoon and evening drop-ins, you’ll find a wide range of cheeses, olives, antipasto and charcuterie.


4. Purchase your presents

Got a foodie friend or family member to spoil this Christmas? From stocking fillers to secret Santa ideas and decadent gourmet hampers (perfect for spoiling valued clients), we’ve got you covered.

For sweet tooths there’s gourmet nougat, rocky road, truffles and artisan chocolate bars. Savoury lovers will enjoy our range of relishes, gourmet crackers, boutique olive oils, bloody Mary pre-mix, pickles, vinegars, nuts and more. And this year, we stock a select range of homewares including cookbooks, dip bowls with matching spreaders, pate knives and serving boards.

We also offer a range of pre-made hampers, or can tailor one to suit your needs.


6. Stock your pantry with all the essentials

If you are treating your family to a home cooked lunch or dinner, don’t let a dwindling pantry catch you off guard. Make sure you your staples, such as olive oil, sea salt, pepper, vinegars, mustards and relishes, are fully stocked. Very little is open on Christmas day so you’ll struggle to find last minute replacements if you are caught short.

The Black Truffle’s providore section has a great range of gourmet pantry staples that are not only practical, but extra tasty too.


7. Fill your bar fridge

Because we can’t celebrate Christmas without Champagne… or a cold stubby… or a nip of brandy at the end of the meal, it’s important you remember to stock your drinks fridge with your favourite festive beverages BEFORE Christmas Day. Bottle shops aren’t licensed to open on Christmas, meaning those who leave their booze-run too late will have to settle for the selection of fizzy drinks at your local petrol station.