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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Countdown to Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving panic setting in? Help is on the way.
Thanksgiving panic setting in? Help is on the way.
D. Sharon Pruitt via Flickr

Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, which means you best get on with the menu planning and setting up the spare bedroom for all of your relatives up North who come down to spend the holiday in Miami.

If you're starting to panic about what to serve and how the hell to cook a turkey, don't worry. This weekend there are a bunch of free cooking seminars, decorating events, and tastings where you can learn how to make the perfect stuffing, create a gorgeous autumn centerpiece (no paper turkeys from Party City), or sample delicious food to your heart's content.

This, by the way, is a thankfulness tree.
This, by the way, is a thankfulness tree.
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Crate & Barrel Thanksgiving Decorating Classes

Have you ever watched Martha Stewart with bitterness in your heart, knowing that you could never fold a napkin to look like a swan, or set a perfect table (why, oh, why are there so many spoons)? Don't blame Martha for your shortcomings; get your un-domesticated ass to Crate & Barrel at the Falls on Saturday, November 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.

There, you'll learn how to set a Thanksgiving table, make a thankfulness tree, create floral centerpieces, and carve a turkey, as well as get introduced to dozens of gadgets that will make your Turkey Day a little easier. Don't know what a thankfulness tree is? We bet Martha does!

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Countdown to Thanksgiving Edition
Savor the Season, via Facebook

Savor the Season

Take a break from floral arrangements and menu planning, put on your fancy duds, and enjoy Savor the Season. Brickell World Plaza's annual event features choirs singing holiday favorites, live entertainment for dancing, and dozens of Brickell's best restaurants serving delicious food and wine. There's also a countdown to the lighting of the signature 40-foot holiday wreath. Tickets cost $100 and include all food and drink. Purchase tickets at savortheseason.com. Enter code SAVOR2013 to receive 25 percent off your purchase.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Countdown to Thanksgiving Edition
Courtesy Whole Foods Market

A Taste of Thanksgiving at Whole Foods Market North Miami and Aventura

Whole Foods Market celebrates A Taste of Thanksgiving this weekend with samples throughout the store. Try some hot apple cider, maybe a slice of pumpkin pie, and a little holiday wine; then pre-order a complete holiday meal from the store and -- bam! -- your holiday cooking woes are behind you. Grab another sample of Chardonnay. You've just successfully planned your Thanksgiving dinner, and you deserve it!

WFM North Miami - Saturday, November 16, from 1 to 3 p.m.

WFM Aventura - Sunday, November 17, from noon to 2 p.m.

Good stuffing is better than the turkey!
Good stuffing is better than the turkey!
Laine Doss

Choose Your Sides at Williams-Sonoma

This weekend, the famous chef's store is asking you to take sides -- as in Brussels sprouts and stuffing. Let's face it -- most people like Thanksgiving side dishes better than the turkey. In fact, we're thinking of making an all-side meal and pardoning the bird like the White House does. Each Williams-Sonoma location might demonstrate a different side dish, but count on stuffing and mashed potatoes. The Falls store's employees informed us they've been cooking all week. Can't you just smell the nutmeg and bay leaves? Times and dates vary by store:

Lincoln Road, South Beach - Sunday, November 17, 11 a.m. to noon

The Village of Merrick Park - Sunday, November 17, noon to 1 p.m.

The Falls - Sunday, November 17, noon to 1 p.m. and Monday, November 18, 7 to 8 p.m.

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Brickell World Plaza

600 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131

305-789-6505

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Whole Foods Market

21105 Biscayne Blvd.
Aventura, FL 33180

305-933-1543

www.wholefoodsmarket.com

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Whole Foods Market

12150 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami, FL 33181

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The Falls

8888 SW 136th St.
Palmetto Bay, FL 33176

305-238-6867

www.shopthefalls.com

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Village Of Merrick Park

358 San Lorenzo Ave.
Miami, FL 33146

305-447-8144

www.villageofmerrickpark.com


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