Any time you are faced with an all-you-can-eat buffet, be it in Las Vegas or on a cruise ship, you must approach the dining experience with a modicum of caution and a healthy helping of forethought. But when you come face to face with a feast such as the Biltmores Thanksgiving Day Champagne Brunch, dont even try to front. Its time to gorge, so shut up and enjoy it. Ordinarily, the Biltmore brunch presents a cornucopia of delights including caviar, smoked salmon, shellfish, carved meats, pasta, omelets, and on and on. But for Thanksgiving, the offerings are even more bountiful. There are natural roasted turkey, corn bread stuffing, green bean and wild mushroom casserole, and, of course, homemade pumpkin, apple-pecan, and sweet potato pies. You will pay for your gluttony, not only in added weight but also in a lighter wallet. The brunch is served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Later in the day, the hotels Palme dOr will offer a four-course Thanksgiving Dinner with pumpkin soup; a choice of grilled turbot fillet, Maine lobster fricassee, or farm-raised turkey; and all the fixings for $85. A less expensive option is the Fontana Restaurant, where $59 will get you an authentic Italian Thanksgiving Dinner with four courses, including sweet potato dumplings with Gorgonzola and roasted boneless turkey breast. Both dinner options are available 6 to 10 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 25, 10 a.m., 2010