Holiday meals and entertaining made simple

M&M Food Market is helping Canadians Figure Out the Holidays –
one festivity at a time

TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2016 /CNW/ - As the holiday season approaches, so does the usual stress about holiday entertaining. M&M Food Market wants to help simplify the season with easy-to-prepare and delicious new tastes and festive favourites, made with care and built to impress even the most discerning holiday crowd. From busy weeknight meals to festive feasts, cocktail parties and everything in between, M&M Food Market's entertaining and meal tips, enhanced shopping experience and helpful in-store Meal Advisors will save hosts time in the kitchen so they can spend more time enjoying the holidays with loved ones.

"We know the holiday season can be overwhelming. Between shopping for gifts, holiday parties and hosting family and friends – plus everyday life – there's a lot going on for Canadians," says Evelyn McManus, Corporate Chef at M&M Food Market. "We can help them figure it out, with options for busy weeknights or creative yet convenient ways to add something special to holiday festivities."

Tips for making it a season to remember 

  • Make it different: include a variety of flavours through tapas style appetizers, served alongside picture-perfect décor to set your gathering apart from the typical cocktail party
  • Make it sparkle: to wow guests, serve up some unexpected, new foods (consider trying some new spices) combined with trendy décor that shines
  • Make it sweet: offer desserts in bite-sized portions so your guests can try a variety of sweets. Impress your guests with a beautiful dessert like M&M Crème Brulée – no kitchen torch necessary
  • Make it photogenic: cater to the photographers in your life with an Insta-worthy brunch. Spruce up mimosas with M&M Triple Berry Blend for a punch of colour

The holidays are the perfect time to try something new and serve up something special.  M&M Food Market's new holiday line-up offers delectable, crowd-pleasing flavours that are sure to satisfy guests at your table this holiday season. Here are a few ideas to inspire your upcoming festivities.

Fantastic New Tastes
Add a bit of spice to your bite-size offerings with new M&M Food Market Sriracha Chicken Wings, covered in a lip-smacking, exclusive sriracha glaze. Or, add a classic to your holiday menus - New Fried Battered Mushrooms have a delightfully crispy batter and are perfect for dipping, skewering or serving on the side.

No time to bake from scratch? No problem. M&M Food Market's line-up of new holiday desserts are made with care using quality ingredients and exclusive recipes, so you can be sure they will have a great homemade taste.

Are there cake lovers in your family? Celebrate the season with new M&M Chocolate Cheesecake – a genuine New York cheesecake made with real cream and lots of chocolate. The new Festive White Yule Log makes a fantastic impression – it is hand rolled and features vanilla sponge cake around white chocolate mousse and raspberries, all covered in a rich glaze. For a sampling of mini sweets, try the new Chocolate Enrobed Pralines and Cream Cheesecake Bites or individual-portion Caramel Sea Salt Cakes that will melt in your mouth with their creamy caramel sauce.

Tried and True Holiday Favourites
It just wouldn't be the holidays without these M&M Food Market festive favourites at the table!

Party on with M&M Food Market Party Packs: M&M Food Market party packs offer a variety of shapes and flavours – all in one box.  Customer favourites include Oriental Party Pak, Shrimp Party Pak, Hors d'Oeuvre Quartet and Fruit and Cheese Phyllo Collection.

Don't skimp on the shrimp: Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Crispy Torpedo Shrimp, Shrimp Platter, Shrimp Rangoons, to name just a few – there are so many savoury shrimp options to make your meal or party special.

Bacon – enough said: Anything wrapped in bacon is a must-have for holiday menus. Serve up bacon-wrapped favourites like Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Shooters and Bacon Wrapped Scallops.

Festive Feasts, Family Dinners and Meals on the Run
Whatever the day or the occasion calls for, M&M Food Market has the meal to fit. For festive feasts, boneless Turkey Breast (Stuffed or Regular), Angus Beef Roast and Frenched Pork Chops make fantastic entrees. Supreme Scalloped Potatoes or Homestyle Mashed Potatoes and a selection of M&M Food Market flash frozen vegetables make it a meal.

For customers who may not have the time to shop in-person, M&M Food Market's Click & Collect lets customers coast-to-coast visit mmfoodmarket.com to stock their online shopping cart, place an order and then pick it up in store at a time, date and location that's convenient for them. All with no fees and no minimum order required.

"It's no secret Canadians are busy during the holidays, and no one wants to spend more time preparing for the holidays than actually enjoying them," says Andy O'Brien, CEO, M&M Food Market. "We're excited that our Click & Collect program, which originally launched eight years ago, has become such a helpful and convenient way for our customers to shop online and stock up on all their holiday favourites, so they can spend more time with friends and family."

M&M offers a number of options to help consumers shop easily and conveniently – during the holidays and throughout the year. In-store Meal Advisors offer helpful advice for product pairings, entertaining groups both large and small, and preparing outstanding meals. The newly renovated stores (if there isn't one in your city already, there may be one coming soon!) and a refreshed in-store concept further simplify the shopping experience for M&M customers. The new store concept organizes products by category to make shopping easy, and features re-designed packaging to show off the products inside.

About M&M Food Market
Founded in 1980, M&M Food Market is Canada's leading retailer of fine frozen foods. It is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with locations in all ten provinces, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. M&M Food Market has been recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for 10 years in a row. M&M Food Market products include delicious and convenient options across virtually every food category including: appetizers, seafood, meats and poultry, prepared meals, fruits and vegetables, sides, bakery and desserts and come in formats ranging from individual portions to family-sized options. M&M is committed to offering products that consumers can feel good about – 95% of its products have no artificial colours, no artificial flavours, no artificial sweeteners and no partially hydrogenated oils (added trans fat); and M&M is committed to have its full product line-up free from these ingredients by the end of 2017.

SOURCE M&M Food Market

Image with caption: "Try easy-to-prepare menu items from M&M Food Market like NEW Spicy Maple Chipotle Chicken Wings, Crab Cakes with Cajun Style Dip or NEW Festive White Yule Log for a simple, delicious and festive holiday season. (CNW Group/M&M Food Market)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161110_C7883_PHOTO_EN_814995.jpg

For further information: For media inquiries: Rachel Lehman, on behalf of M&M Food Market, rachel.lehman@colonyproject.com

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