It's Thanksgiving Day, and you're up at 4 a.m. to put the turkey in the oven and peel ten pounds of potatoes. Between baking, cooking, and cleaning, you're stressed out long before Uncle Al arrives to tell you the turkey is dry, again.
Who needs that crap? There's a much better way. Just pick up the phone and order a gourmet meal from one of these upscale markets or restaurants. Let someone else roast the bird and purée the potatoes so you can have time to do important things, like run in a turkey trot or have a few cocktails before guests arrive.
Here's a list of places serving premade holiday feasts. Many of them also offer à la carte choices, so if you make the world's best sweet potato casserole, you can pick up just a turkey or a pie.
Tongue & Cheek
Tongue & Cheek offers several to-go options. A traditional family dinner serves six to eight people and includes a ten-to-12-pound roasted all-natural turkey with sausage stuffing; arugula salad with almonds, pear, and blue cheese; mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and mascarpone cheese; cinnamon apple-cranberry sauce; green beans and crispy shallots; Southern buttermilk biscuits and turkey gravy; and a pecan, apple, or pumpkin pie ($175).
A larger option serves ten to 12 people and includes a 20-to-22-pound roasted all-natural turkey with sausage stuffing; arugula salad with almonds, pear, and blue cheese; a sweet-potato pecan casserole; Provençal potato gratin roasted carrots, parsnips, and Brussels sprouts; cinnamon apple-cranberry sauce; Southern buttermilk biscuits and turkey gravy; and a pecan, apple, or pumpkin pie ($225).
If you'd like just some sides, there's a range of offerings, such as mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and mascarpone cheese; sweet-potato pecan casserole; and cinnamon apple-cranberry sauce ($39 each for a large tray that serves up to 12). Tongue & Cheek also offers your choice of any two pies for $35.
Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Sunday, November 23, for pickup Wednesday, November 26, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Call 305-704-2900 to order. Tongue & Cheek will be closed Thanksgiving Day for service but will be open for to-go pickup.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner for ten people includes a roasted gourmet turkey; country stuffing and gravy; cranberry-orange relish; candid Carolina yams; sautéed baby green beans and carrots; 18 freshly baked dinner rolls; and two eight-inch pies ($219). In addition, you can pick up all of your other dinner extras -- from cheeses to wines -- at the market.
Thanksgiving orders are available at all three locations. You must call to place your order at least one day in advance. Epicure is open for dinner pickup Thanksgiving Day until 2 p.m.
The restaurant's to-go Thanksgiving dinner feeds six to eight people and includes a traditional roast turkey, sage-apple stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, potato purée, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin gnocchi, and pumpkin pie ($230).
Orders must be placed by Thursday, November 20, for Thanksgiving Day pickup.
The Fresh Market
The Fresh Market has tons of options for Thanksgiving dinner, including turkeys ($2.39 per pound) and even a fully cooked turducken (simply reheat) for $6.99 per pound. A traditional holiday dinner serves six to eight people and features a fully cooked ten-to-12-pound turkey, three pounds of stuffing, three pounds of Yukon Gold whipped potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish, and a dozen soft yeast rolls ($79.99). The deluxe holiday dinner serves eight to ten people and includes a ten-to-12-pound turkey, a 2.5-pound petite spiral ham, stuffing, Yukon Gold whipped potatoes, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, corn souffle, green beans with bacon sauce, and two dozen soft yeast rolls ($134.99). Don't forget to pick up pies and wine before you head to the checkout.
Order in advance online at thefreshmarket.com by Tuesday, November 25, for pickup by Wednesday, November 26. The Fresh Market is closed Thanksgiving Day.
Whole Foods Market has a range of options for your Thanksgiving table. If you're hosting a small family, there's a roast turkey breast meal for four that includes a roasted, boneless turkey breast, creamy home-style mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry relish. ($69.99). An organic turkey package includes an organic whole roasted turkey served with organic turkey pan gravy, herb stuffing, and organic mashed potatoes ($149.99). A Deluxe dinner package includes a spiral ham, a roast turkey, pan gravy, herb stuffing, cranberry-orange relish, Southern green bean casserole, creamy home-style mashed potatoes, and harvest roasted root vegetables ($229).
Order online at wholefoodsmarket.com or by phone by Sunday, November 23, for Thanksgiving Day pickup. All Whole Foods Markets will be open Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for last-minute shopping.
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Last but not least is dessert. Fireman Derek is making a selection of holiday pies including pumpkin, apple, pecan, and chocolate pecan. There's also a pumpkin cheesecake. Nine-inch pies cost $25 to $30 and feed six to eight people. Cheesecakes are $50.
Place your order before Sunday, November 23, at firemanderekspies.com for pickup next week. Fireman Derek will also make extra pies on a first-come, first-served basis, just in case you forget to reserve one.