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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Holiday Feasts Ready-to-Go

Frantic to meet your end-of-the-year work deadlines, you've decided to stay in Moscow for the holidays. You've been planning to do a big meal with all the trimmings, but you are so exhausted that the thought of aprons, rolling pins, meat thermometers and piles of dishes is turning you into Scrooge. Holidays? Bah humbug!

Lucky for you, Moscow's high-end gourmet food stores have anticipated just this dilemma and are providing spets-predlozheniya, or special offers, of ready-to-serve meals so appetizing that you may never cook again. The only catch: the cost. For the main course, expect to pay from 800 to more than 6,000 rubles, depending on the beast or bird and weight; salads and starters for four will run to at least 500 rubles; fresh cakes, pies, and pastries range from 400 to more than 3,000 rubles. Order two days in advance with prepayment or risk it and dash into Hediard, Globus Gourmet or Stockmann with a suitcase of cash to buy what's cooked and ready to go. What's a Christmas bonus for, anyway?

Hediard: This French gourmet shop offers elaborately roasted lamb (rack or leg), turkey, chicken, duck, pheasant and suckling pig; packaged and homemade sauces (including cowberry-wine sauce for foul); salads and sides; packaged and fresh Christmas cakes, pastries and candies.

Globus Gourmet: Choose traditional Russian or innovative pan-European dishes from the multi-page menu, including turkey, duck, goose, lamb, sturgeon, suckling pig and grouse; dozens of salads, starters and sides; imported Italian, French and English cakes, shortbread and cookies; fresh candies, petit fours, pastries, cakes and tarts.

Stockmann: No special orders, but you can walk in and buy grilled chicken, duck, pork loin or sausage; ready-made salads; pastries, tarts, candies and pecan pies; dozens of imported Italian, French and English cakes, shortbreads and cookies.

Correa's Deli: Correa's is offering whole roast turkeys with focaccia, sausage and mushroom stuffing, rack of lamb, roast chickens, roast beef and pastramied salmon; fancy starters and salads; and five desserts, including chocolate pecan pie and carrot cake.

Cuisine31: Get out your credit card and get online at www.cuisine31.ru to order a full meal of creative French cuisine, from hot and cold starters, soups, main courses of fish, foul or meat; garnishes, sauces and breads; and a lavish array of desserts. No traditional holiday meals, but then, tradition is so pass?. Especially when there is free delivery for orders above 4,000 rubles.

Hediard: 7 Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Ul., orders 254-1710, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Globus Gourmet: 22 Ul. Bolshaya Yakimanka or 19 Ul. Novy Arbat, 995-2170, 24 hours.

Stockmann: 3 Smolenskaya Ploshchad or Mega Malls in Tyoply Stan and Khimki, 785-2500, until Dec. 31. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Correa's Deli: 32 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Ul. or 40/2 Ul. Bolshaya Ordynka; 933-4684, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Cuisine31: 31 Leninsky Prospekt, 540-3851/52, 10 a.m-9 p.m.