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  • Writer's pictureMallory Warner

Frenchify Your Holiday Meals by Shopping Local

Last year, celebrating a Thanksgiving during the pandemic it was time to reinvent Thanksgiving. Due to the recommendations on gathering, we kept our party to four. It seemed ridiculous to cook an entire turkey for our small group. So after 33 years of eating a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, I threw that bird out the window. Instead, I used the holiday as an opportunity to hone my French cooking skills and I prepared my first Duck à l'Orange.

This year I am again serving a Thanksgiving très français but I am sourcing locally. Check out my list of five Seattle shops where to find your favorite ingredients to create the perfect French holiday meal.


Big John's PFI (SODO/International District)

As a proud Italian American, Big John's takes me back to dreamy Christmases at my grandmother's house devouring Italian food. Not only can you find the best Mediterranean treats, Big John's PFI also carries a large assortment of French cheeses, wines, vinegars, and yummy treats. Visit Big John's PFI Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 11am - 4pm at 1608 S Dearborn St Seattle.

Bob's Quality Meats (Columbia City)

I'm ditching the turkey this Thanksgiving and going French. This year I'll be serving duck with a side of grilled ribeye. In France, quality is key and you will find it in Seattle at Bob's Quality Meats in Columbia City. Bob's supplies the local neighborhood with their wide selection of fresh, sustainably fed, hormone and antibiotic free meats. Find their up to date menu of meats HERE or contact them 2-3 days ahead of time for any specialty orders.

La Parisienne Bakery (Belltown)

You can find all of your French breads and treats at this Seattle favorite. If you really want to "wow" this holiday season, spring for their pièce montée, a real showstopper for your holiday table. The bakery will be closed from 11/20 - 12/2, so plan ahead for any holiday orders. Order online at or visit their bakery at 2507 4th Ave, Seattle.

Paris-Madrid Grocery (Pike Place Market)

Opened in 2009 as the Paris Grocery, the shop later combined with the former Spanish Table. In 2016, the shop’s name changed to Paris-Madrid Grocery to reflect its combined offering of top French and Spanish culinary products, featuring specialties from both sides of the Pyrenees. This small grocer is filled with mustards, deli, cheeses, cookware, wine and treats. Every time I visit, I leave with an arm full of Basque ciders and a tote to refill my home epicerie. Visit their store at 1418 Western Avenue, Seattle, Mon. – Sat. 10 AM – 6 PM, Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM or shop online at

Left Bank Wine (South Park)

Bring the natural wine movement to your holiday table. Left Bank not only celebrates natural wines, they also contribute to and support local community organizations such as Real Rent Duwamish, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness and Black Lives Matter Seattle. Left Bank is located at 8526 14TH Avenue South and online at


My French Thanksgiving



Mushroom & Roquefort Tartelettes

Foie Gras de Canard

Marinated Olives with Lemon


Duck à l'Orange

Grilled Ribeye


Gratin Dauphinois

Haricots Verts

Maple Glazed Carrots


Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie


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