WITH a gang of workers at the ready, Lenard's owner Laurie Brown is ready for Christmas.
Turkey orders are already climbing and festive chicken Bon Bons are racing out the door as Emerald locals embrace the unique flavours that December always brings.
"It's always a hectic time of year," Laurie said as he stocked yet another tray of chicken fillets in the store.
"We always order a bit too much, but there is never anything left over."
More than 300 turkeys were ordered during Christmas last year despite the terrible weather, and this year, just more than a week out from the cheer, already more than 100 are on the list.
"We're expecting a lot more," Laurie said.
"We did 300 chicken roasts in the five days to Christmas last year, and it's looking that way again this year."
But it's the $3.95 special that has Lenard's worker Jodie Stirrat starting work early to meet demand.
The Christmas Bon Bons, with their thin, flattened chicken breast, two black cherries, a portion of cream cheese and splash of cranberry sauce, have gotten Emerald's tastebuds talking.
They're just like a paper bon bon, but for food.
"I reckon it's the pictures - they look really good and people love them," Laurie said.
The stuffed turkey breast is still a classic favourite for locals, particularly due to the 1kg size, making it the perfect Christmas dinner for the small family.
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