Get ahead of the game with local breads, pies and treats.

Preparing a full Thanksgiving dinner for multiple people is a daunting task, to say the least. The preparation can take days, and the execution must be perfect. For your own sanity, consider outsourcing some of that stress and leaving a few Thanksgiving duties to trained professionals. These bakeries will save you from numerous gray hairs and have your guests in a food coma in no time.

Bonjour Bakery

This Centennial bakery is highly praised by locals and DTC workers, and for good reason. Chira, the owner and chef, is a classically trained European pastry chef known for her hard work and creativity. “You name it, Chef Chira can make it,” is Bonjour Bakery’s motto. Check out the holidays page on their website to see numerous examples of Chira’s themed pastries that will perfectly accent your home-cooked holiday meal. Turkey-shaped cookies and maple leaf pastries will have your guests snapping photos and salivating at the same time. Did we mention they deliver? Make the short trip over to Bonjour (or call and bring Bonjour to you) and see what all the fuss is about.

8172 S Holly St, Centennial, CO 80122

Trompeau Bakery

Trompeau is a traditional French bakery, which relocated to Englewood in 2011 after outgrowing its original location near DU. That success has continued over the past six years due to its dedication to perfection and insistence on making everything from scratch, six days a week. You can step up your holiday meal to another level with Trompeau’s pumpkin spice loaf and macaroons for dessert. Your guests will be in awe of your class and in love with their food. Take a trip over to Trompeau to see their chefs creating these classic pastries right in front of you, and bring home a few treats as a test run for the big day!

2950 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113

The Gluten Escape

This Centennial bakery is dedicated to baking from scratch with local ingredients, and it caters to gluten free customers. In addition to a delectable array of pastries and desserts, The Gluten Escape even offers their own gluten free flour mix, available for shipping so you can make your own GF creations. Make sure you plan your order ahead of time (they’ll accept orders up to six months in advance), as The Gluten Escape may sell out of high demand items. Stop by this local bakery and and check out their weekly specials–you won’t be disappointed.

7255 S Havana St #110, Centennial, CO 80112

That Personal Touch Catering

This Centennial-based catering company offers a massive variety of meal options, including a special Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re completely lost or fed up with your Thanksgiving dinner arrangements, That Personal Touch can come through in the clutch and provide you with a complete meal that will keep your guests full and happy. To add to the incredible convenience factor, you can order online and have your food delivered the day of, removing any and all stress that might plague you. Check out this local catering company and finalize your Thanksgiving planning, so you can focus on being with family instead of hanging out with your oven the entire day.

6553 S Revere Pkwy, Centennial, CO 80111

Manna Bakery

Manna has a long history in Denver, starting in 1983 in downtown Littleton. The family owned and operated business had great success until shutting down in 2000, to the dismay of many local patrons. That’s why, when Manna reopened in 2012, Littleton locals were overjoyed and frequented the bakery so much it had to expand by over 1,500ft in the next few years to accommodate all the business. If that isn’t a five-star recommendation, we don’t know what is! Manna makes everything from scratch and caters to non-GMO and gluten-free customers. Check out this storied bakery for some delectable fruit and cream pies that will serve as a sweet exclamation point to your home-cooked meal. And when you enter the bakery, make sure to give Manna a warm “welcome back” to Littleton.

6905 S Broadway, Littleton, CO 80120