For Thanksgiving next week, the question for many remains. Are you cooking this holiday or not? Perhaps the better question is: How much of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner do you plan on cook yourself?
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Chefs, caterers and grocers have taken note and are ready to provide the elements of a Turkey Day dinner for the time-crunched, weary and/or culinary challenged.
“People don’t have the time to cook like they used to,” said Joe Weinmann, co-owner of Kenrick’s Meats and Catering who explained how he offers his customers a variety of options. “We provide turkeys already in the baking pan people can bake themselves, as well as all birds already cooked and carved. We also have everything to go with it from sides to pies.”
Ordering the turkey already roasted with a quart of gravy has become a winning strategy for countless cooks who need to free up time and oven space. Since most of a family’s Thanksgiving traditions revolve abound the sides, having the turkey done by your caterer or favorite chef frees up time for you to make those family must-haves such as grandma’s sage dressing or your mother’s candied sweet potatoes. It’s a win-win scenario, or what I call a culinary co-op since you get to have and eat your turkey along with your own home-cooked side dishes.
For those who simply want to set the table and fill the platter and bowls, basic dinner packages are available at most grocery stores. Just check the deli department. However, to indulge in the ultimate turkey-to-go with all the trimmings befitting being served on mother’s fine china and silver, call the Four Seasons Hotel, 999 N. 2nd St., downtown, and experience its Five Diamond Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Cielo’s Restaurant Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi and Chef Marc Kusche.
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“All you have to do is set the table ,and we’ll do all the rest,” said Fabrizio. “There’s turkey and all the trimmings, fresh baked breads and pies - even a green bean casserole that I’ve made Italian-style.”
The clock is ticking and as each minute passes, turkeys are becoming scarcer. Plan now and order up, with or without the trimmings. Otherwise, you may have to settle for leftovers.
Take-Out Thanksgiving choices:
Offers roasted whole turkeys to spiral-cut smoked turkey breasts. Prices and meals vary. A featured pre-set menu of turkey, dressing, cranberries, mashed potatoes and gravy serving 8-10 is $69.99.
Kenrick's Meats and Catering
Offers fresh turkeys ready to bake at home along with baked, smoked and deep-fried turkeys. Kenrick's is one of the few meat markets that make Tur-Duc-en, a boned and stuffed chicken inside a duck that’s inside a turkey filled with dressing. Prices and meal combinations vary and/or priced per-person starting at $8.99 (15-25 person count).
Cielo Restaurant and Bar, 999 North 2nd Street, St. Louis
The ultimate Thanksgiving Day feast is gourmet-designed and includes:
A custom, brined whole-roasted turkey, foccacia sausage stuffing, giblet gravy, roasted sweet potato puree, whipped potatoes, Italian-style green bean casserole, fresh bread and choice of two pies. Serves 10 with leftovers. The price is $295.
Other Thanksgiving dinners available: