For most people today kicks off a three-day work week. It will be followed by a five-day weekend filled with nonstop eating and drinking. If you haven't yet figured out what you'll be contributing to the Thanksgiving feast, we've got you covered. From a Waldorf salad recipe courtesy of Cesar Zapata, to Fireman Derek pies and where you can go to get the best premade Turkey dinners.
Thanksgiving week starts now.
Put your order for Thanksgiving in at Fresh Market and Epicure
If Thanksgiving for you means ordering a turkey, you might want to do that today. Your options are limited, since Tongue & Cheek and Whole Foods cut off pre-ordering yesterday, but who knows -- call early and someone might let you get in line. Don't forget to say thanks. As far as where you can still order, Epicure and Fresh Market are your left. Epicure's traditional Thanksgiving dinner for ten includes a roasted gourmet turkey; country stuffing and gravy; cranberry-orange relish; candied Carolina yams; sautéed baby green beans and carrots; 18 freshly baked dinner rolls; and two eight-inch pies ($219). You must place order at least one day in advance by calling any of the three Epicure locations. Fresh Market is offering everything from turkey at $2.39 per pound to fully cooked turducken that needs to just be reheated for $6.99 per pound. If you're going the traditional holiday dinner route, their 10-12 pound turkey with three pounds of stuffing serves six to eight people and comes with three pounds of Yukon Gold whipped potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish, and a dozen soft yeast rolls for $79.99. Orders must be placed in advance at freshmarket.com by Tuesday for pickup on Wednesday.
Get a Pie from Fireman Derek
So you may have missed Fireman Derek's advance order date for pies, which was Sunday. Luckily, the fireman turned pie maker is still cranking out plenty of cheesecake, pumpkin, key lime and crack pie through Wednesday, so swing on by his café in Wynwood and try to snag one before they're all gone. If you happen to have no such luck, you can always make your own at home with some tips he gave us.
Make Cesar Zapata's waldorf salad
So the rest of your family has got the turkey, sweet potatoes and pies covered. Surprise them all by making a waldorf salad filled with fruits and greens. The Federal's very own Cesar Zapata has given us a recipe that will have everyone attacking the healthiest alternative on the table.
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After much preparation, Thanksgiving is finally here. If you failed to get your turkey shenanigans together in advance, don't fret -- plenty of restaurants are open for turkey business on Thursday. So gather up the family and head to Meat Market, DB Bistro Moderne, the Dutch, Meat Market, Il Mulino, BLT Prime, Michael Mina 74, Oolite and more. Don't forget to thank them for spending this very special day making sure you don't starve.
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