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Gobble Up These Thanksgiving Cooking Alternatives

For many, this time of year means poring over cookbook for a new recipe to showcase to family and friends at Thanksgiving Dinner, or perhaps digging up the ingredient list to one of grandma’s favorite dishes that’s been handed down throughout the generations. But for many, the thought of hosting Thanksgiving Dinner can cause stress and anxiety – particularly for those whose culinary skills might be a little less than stellar, or for those who might not have family in town or able to travel. But worry not, local restaurants and specialty food markets are here to save Thanksgiving, with a variety of options for every palate and budget.

For the homecooked taste, but a little less, err cooking, Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods offers a one and done option with their Full Turkey Dinner. For $99, you can pick up a whole, fully cooked Butterball turkey with all the fixings including Gravy, Cornbread Dressing, Sweet Potato Casserole, Seasoned Green Beans, Cranberry Orange Salad, a White House Roll Cluster, and of course, pumpkin pie – enough to serve 6-8 people. Pop everything in the oven before sliding it into your own serving dishes, and guests will never know you didn’t spend hours in the kitchen. Thanksgiving orders, which also include à la carte options, are available for pick-up beginning November 25 through November 27.

Whether you’re looking for a local Virginia bred turkey to cook yourself, or need help filling your table with pre-prepared side dishes, Ellwood Thompson’s has your back. Their extensive à la carte Thanksgiving catering menu includes dishes which range from Traditional Stuffing to Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with sizing options that can accommodate tables of two to 22. The deadline to place an order is November 22 with pick-up dates November 25 through November 27. Looking for holiday serving tips? Check out their Holiday Tips

But perhaps you’re not interested in having the in-laws IN your home, you can still “host” them for Thanksgiving Dinner at one of several restaurants serving Thanksgiving Dinner around town including: 

Fleming’s Steakhouse: Enjoy a three-course traditional or steak feast from 11am to 8pm.

Lemaire at The Jefferson: This Richmond favorite sells out each year so if you’re interested in this option, take a moment to go ahead and make reservations for next year – it will be booked by June.

Old Original Bookbinder’s: Head to historic Tobacco Row for a traditional feast at this classic steakhouse from 12pm to 4pm. Reservations are required.

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