Election Night Meals to Take the Stress Out of Cooking

Plan to stay in and hear or view the results on Election Night? Pick up take-out first.

While we may not know the results of the election on Nov. 3, that doesn’t mean there won’t be election buzz as news shows report from the battleground states (hello, us!).

Leave the cooking to someone else, and perhaps calm your nerves, when you support one of these local restaurants and their Election Night specials. From French to Spanish –plus a spread that evokes the long-gone days of entertaining en masse – here are your options.

Just be sure to read the rules, as you would a ballot, about pre-order deadlines and pick-up times. 



1. Trouquet / Le Rêve Patisserie & Café


The Election Night Family Style Takeaway (from $45, for two or four people) from Le Reve’s sibling includes short-rib shepherd’s pie; a mixed-greens salad topped with toasted pecans, poached pears, and dried cherries and blueberries, and drizzled with cherry-balsamic vinaigrette; and French apple cake. There’s even the option to tack on a specialty cocktail, craft beer or bottle of wine. Note that the order must be picked up between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Nov. 3.

2. Lazy Susan

2378 S. HOWELL AVE. 

Lazy Susan’s Election Night Snack Spread ($85, order by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2) is perfect for the late-night snacker, so you don’t binge on microwave popcorn or other processed foods. Folded into the package are deviled eggs, wild-mushroom flatbread, Boursin cheese with fig mustardo, crackers, house-made snack mix, olives, cured meat, Champagne-infused cupcakes and truffle-parmesan buttery popcorn. A bottle of sparkling wine and fixings for Manhattans helps wash all that sugar and spice down. This spread can be made gluten-free upon request.

3. Hotel Madrid

600 S. 6TH ST. 

If you still want the thrill of a delicious-smelling house then this take-and-bake Election Night Americana Dinner ($75, pick up at private, pre-determined slot between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Nov. 3) is for you. Meatloaf is packaged with roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, rosemary demi-glace and roasted baby carrots (tossed with thyme and house seasoning), with a fudgy chocolate cake for dessert. An included bottle of red wine is the perfect pairing. There’s a vegetarian substation upon request.

4. Shully’s Cuisine & Events


If cooking your own meal is a way to work through stress, Shully’s witty Election Night Meal Kit ($45) has you covered with three courses to prep – and even includes a signature cocktail dubbed Watergate. First course is a Hanging Chad-Cuterie Board (cheese, cured meats, nuts and crackers) followed by a choice of entrees (Washington’s Cherry Tree Short Ribs, Vegetarian Wellington or Not Another Rubber Chicken Circuit) and a patriotic red-white-and-blue slice of cake. You must pick up on Nov. 3 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Serving sizes are for one person so if you’re ordering for a family, just increase the number of orders.



A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.