PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- It's easier than ever to have family and friends to your home for a traditional holiday feast and not have to spend all day in the kitchen. The secret: heat-and-serve holiday dinners to go. "All kinds of people are ordering heat-and-serve holiday dinners to go," Pam Matthews, vice president of service delis for Fred Meyer, said. "We see families where both spouses work and families with single-parents. All are strapped for time and looking for help. We see young adults hosting their first holiday meals. We see people going to other people's homes who want to contribute to those meals. We see people who don't have the kitchens, expertise, or inclinations to cook large meals but still want to celebrate with friends and family over a meal at home. All these people and more are turning to their supermarkets for holiday dinners to go." Matthews said she sees a growing appreciation of supermarkets as sources of high-quality meals for home. Fred Meyer has responded with an increasing variety of service deli food year-around. And for the year-end holidays, the service deli has increased it selection from two holiday dinners two years ago to a total of five different meals to go today. From two sizes of traditional turkey dinners in 2001, Fred Meyer added a prime rib dinner in 2002, and in 2003 added a spiral ham dinner and a low-carb turkey dinner. These heat-and- serve meals include: -- Traditional Holiday Dinner serves 6-8 people and includes a Foster Farms turkey, old fashioned mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy. -- Premium Holiday Dinner serves 8-10 people and includes a Foster Farms turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green bean/mushroom casserole, cranberry/pineapple chutney, dinner rolls, and an apple or pumpkin pie. -- Prime Rib Dinner serves 4-6 people and includes prime rib roast and au jus, garlic mashed potatoes, corn, dinner rolls, and an apple or pumpkin pie. -- Spiral Ham Dinner serves 6-8 people and includes spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, cranberry/pineapple chutney, dinner rolls, and an apple or pumpkin pie. -- Low-Carb Dinner serves 6-8 and includes a Foster Farms turkey, mashed cauliflower, broccoli cheese au gratin, turkey gravy, and mushroom & sausage stuffing. Matthews said customers should order in advance using simple forms available at the service delis. The delis need enough time to have everything ready so the customers can easily heat and serve the dinner when they get home. For vegetarians, the Fred Meyer Nutrition Center offers a bird-free Tofurky Feast that serves four people. Made by Turtle Island Foods of Hood River, Oregon, it includes a tofurky roast made from organic soybeans with a wild rice stuffing, plus cranberry apple potato dumplings, tofurky giblet gravy, extra wild rice stuffing, and tofurky jurky wishstix. Fred Meyer is headquartered in Portland, Ore. and has a total of 134 multidepartment stores in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Utah. Fred Meyer is a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), which is one of the nation's largest grocery retail chains with stores coast-to-coast.
SOURCE Fred Meyer