Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Yes, even more than Christmas and definitely more than Valentine’s. I love that it’s a time when we get together with friends and family and do nothing more than eat a huge meal and be thankful. No presents, no decorations, no obligations. Just a big ol’ bird and some pumpkin pie. And dressing. Don’t forget the dressing. (For those of you reading this who may not be from the South: Dressing is what we call stuffing, and it’s served alongside the turkey, not from it.)
I also love Thanksgiving traditions. When I was growing up, my mom and I spent Thanksgiving morning in the kitchen–cooking dressing and watching the Macy’s Day Parade. Did anyone else have a favorite balloon? And was it Snoopy?
Even when I couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving, I watched the parade and I always called my mom to see if she was watching. One year I was stuck in New York for work . . . in a hotel . . . on the wrong side of Times Square. As I was frantically trying to catch a plane home and find a cab that could get me to the airport across the parade route, I couldn’t help but laugh. I called my mom–who was, of course, watching the parade and making sweet potatoes. I may have been trapped in NYC by marching bands, but at least we could still watch the parade together!
In celebration of my favorite holiday I’ve gathered together (a slice of homemade pumpkin pie for anyone who knows that reference) some of my favorite tips for making the most of the best Thursday of the year.
Having Thanksgiving Dinner at Home?
As much as I love Thanksgiving, I do have one confession: I never make the bird. Never. My mom left that particular task to others, and she was a wise woman. If you fall into that camp as well, you are in luck.
This year one of my favorite local spots, Caviar & Bananas, is serving up a fabulous holiday menu. How do I know it’s fabulous? I’ve tried it! C&B hosted a tasting earlier this week, so believe me when I say the bird is good. Same with the brussel sprouts. And the apple salad. You get what I’m saying. They have everything you need, from turkey and dressing to sides of all kinds to an array of desserts and sweet treats. You can find the full Holiday Menu here. Order soon, though! Deadline for Thanksgiving orders is Sunday, November 20th at 2 p.m.!!
The kind folks at Caviar & Bananas also put together some wine pairings for Thanksgiving. One more thing you don’t have to think about . . . Give them a call and, if you live in Charleston, they deliver! I may have sampled the Miraval rosé, and it may be delicious.
C&B Holiday Wine Faves
Côté Mas Crémant De Limoux $15.99 (Champagne)
Pieropan Soave, $17.99 (White)
Miraval Cotes de Provence, $26.99 (Rosé)
Belle Glos, $29.99 (Pinot Noir)
Prefer to Dine Out? You’re in Good Hands at The Dewberry
You may be aware of my love affair with The Dewberry hotel. If your family tradition involves dressing up and going out for Thanksgiving, look no further. The Dewberry is offering a special Thanksgiving menu with carving stations, lots of sides, and, of course, pumpkin pie.
If you want to REALLY enjoy your Thanksgiving, take advantage of The Dewberry’s Thanksgiving Package. Spend the night in one of The Dewberry’s Signature King rooms and receive two tickets to the Thanksgiving Feast. For details, give them a ring at 843-872-9065 or book via the link above. Just remember to use the code THANKS when booking. That’s won’t be too hard to remember:)
Around the Dinner Table
If your family is like mine, it covers a lot of conversational ground while sitting around the dinner table. This year, we are a house divided and the debates have already started. It’s getting heated and we are over a week out. But I don’t really see what all the fuss is about. In the highly scientific Which Thanksgiving Food Are You? quiz, you would obviously prefer to be a Green Bean Casserole (ahem) than, hypothetically speaking, Mashed Potatoes or Pumpkin Pie. I mean, clearly. #greenbeansforeva
That’s all for now, friends. I’d love to hear about your family’s Thanksgiving traditions! I will be in NYC next week with my daughters. We’ll be at the parade, looking for Snoopy, so be sure to keep an eye out for us!!