I’ve done it again… Let the holiday season sneak up on me to the point where it’s just two from Thanksgiving and we won’t mention that means that Christmas is month beyond that. Oops! I just mentioned it! Too late to say “spoiler alert”?! So in honor of Joey Tribbiani (for you non-Friends loving fans, I’m sorry about you not understanding the reference), with a twist on his ‘how you doin’?’ phrase: ” what you doin’ ” for Thanksgiving?
Kick off things off with revving up your taste buds for what’s to come at Delavan Lake Store on the eve of Thanksgiving with their Thanksgiving Eve Pie & Trivia Night, Nov. 22, 6:30 – 9 pm. Enjoy some yummy treats and test your brain power with trivia questions. A perfect place for your sweet tooth and your competitive side for a fun night with friends and family! Admission is easy – $10 for a team or bring a pie of your choice.
Love all the fixings and turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner, but don’t necessarily like all the prep and time it takes to make it all yourself? Not a fan of Aunt Susie’s scalloped corn dish or have never understood Cousin Bob’s idea of stopping at the local gas station for roller-grill hot dogs as his contribution? Here’s the solution – let Lake Lawn Resort do it all for you with their Turkey To Go option! The culinary professionals at the Frontier Restaurant will prepare Thanksgiving Dinner and you take all the credit! Dinner includes a whole roasted turkey (or whole roasted maple-brined breast of turkey), wild rice bread dressing, natural turkey giblet gravy, fresh orange-port cranberry sauce, fresh mashed potatoes, fresh green beans with pecans and bell peppers, fresh baked dinner rolls, and your choice of pumpkin, apple or chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Pre-order by Monday, Nov. 20, and pick up at your scheduled time on Thursday, Nov. 23, between 10:30 am and 4 pm. Whether you have 8 or 20 guests for dinner, there is an option that fits. Think about it – leftovers without the dishes to wash! For details, click here. I’ve attended Thanksgiving at a friend’s and they did this instead of cooking and having the guests bring certain things. It was delicious, plenty of food, a great variety of items, and so convenient! I’d do this in a heart beat for the ease of it all!
Crafted Americana at The Ridge Hotel offers the same option to skip the tradition of cooking and cleaning this Thanksgiving and let them do all the work! Their carry-out menu features all your favorite fixings, starting with house-made fresh-brined turkey, giblet gravy, and sausage and cherry stuffing! Fill up with a full selection of sides, including rustic Yukon mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes and their famous green bean casserole with marshmallow & cinnamon brûlée. Five types of house-made pies round out the menu. This year, make Thanksgiving fuss-free with more time for family! For the menu and details, click here.
Still not feeling it with having to clean the house for guests if you host Thanksgiving or with traveling to someone else’s home if they host? Then celebrate with family or friends while still enjoying the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner offerings at any one of the Thanksgiving Day Buffets. Heck, time it out right and you can eat at more than one if you really love Thanksgiving food! The Abbey Resort, Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Lawn Resort, The Geneva Inn Restaurant, and Crafted Americana at The Ridge Hotel each offer a way for you to skip grocery shopping, cleaning the house, prepping and cooking for hours, doing a pile of dishes afterwards, and to instead spend quality time with family and friends while they each do their best in bringing you Thanksgiving Dinner. Details for each can be found here: The Abbey Resort, Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Lawn Resort, The Geneva Inn Restaurant, and Crafted Americana at The Ridge Hotel.
Come home to The Hunt Club for Thanksgiving, as Chef Ryne and team will be preparing traditional dishes alongside some favorite plates from their current menu. There is a 3-course dinner special with options within each course to choose from. You then have a variety of additional items to either add to the 3-course dinner or to have instead, should there be something else that tantalizes your taste buds. No matter which way you go, you’re sure to be satisfied. For menu details, click here.
Not that anyone should be alone for Thanksgiving, but sometimes situations come in to play where being together with family or friends just isn’t possible. If that’s the case, be it for you or for someone you know, then make plans to attend the Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 23, 11 am – 3 pm, in the Community Building at Town Park (Hwy. 50 & South Shore Drive). The Friends of the Park, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, are providing a complimentary traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings so no one has to do without. All food is being donated, cooked and served by volunteers. There’s even delivery that can be scheduled for the elderly or homebound, compliments of local Boy Scout troops. For contact details, click here. I’ve attended this event as a delivery volunteer in the past and can attest to it being phenomenal, both from the deliciousness of the food and the loving atmosphere of people coming together in celebration of thankfulness.
As you think of things you are thankful for to fill the jar, and consider how cute the turkey cookies are, give serious thought to the options I’ve talked about for maybe a different take on Thanksgiving this year (like someone else doing all the cooking!). And with one final thought: