UPDATED: Help me build it: A locally-gathered Thanksgiving dinner


My goal is simple: To build a glorious, and entirely effort-free Thanksgiving dinner using only the products made by local restaurants and merchants. And I’m asking your help.

Let me say, right out the gate, my wife would never actually let me do this. She loves to cook Thanksgiving dinner WAY to much to be usurped of the duty for the sake of this blog. So this is a theoretical practice.

But maybe if we assemble a full meal here, people might use it as a guide to supplement their own dinners, and maybe, just maybe, some lucky soul will try the whole thing.

So I’ll start us out with some of the things I know to be available, and you all help me in the comments. I’ll edit this post with the updates as we go.

The Turkey: Couple options here. Bob’s Cafe is still taking orders for deep-fried turkeys, though they are filling up fast. Fried turkey not your thing? How about a smoked turkey from Snortz Barbecue? They’re taking orders for Thanksgiving Day too. (We also got our uncooked turkey from Look’s this year. We’ve also bought from Cleaver’s in the past, and both are good birds.)

Ham: ????

Stuffing/Dressing: (via Carrie Englund) A Taste of Country Catering does Take & Bake Made From Scratch Dressing, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy. Salads, Cranberry Sauce, and Pies. Need to place your order by Friday and they will deliver it to you on Wednesday between 3-6pm. - Sounds like they have a bunch of the sides covered! Anyone ever had their food? Any good?

Bean/Corn Salads: BIG Update here from Megan: Apparently Cleaver’s has a ton of sides, including corn souffle, stuffing, roasted potatoes, etc. Check them out here.

Mashed Potatoes: Friend Sarah and her daughter Avery suggest The Phillips Avenue Diner mashed potatoes. Don’t know if they do large orders to go, but maybe worth a shot?

Cranberry Sauce: ????

Macaroni and Cheese: Look’s Market. It’s creamy and delicious. Plus, while you’re there you can pick up a bottle of whiskey for after dinner. Just saying.

Rolls: The Cookie Jar. Fine, basic rolls. Place your order now.

Pie: This one is a no-brainer, but you’ll need to act fast. Queen City Bakery is the place to pick up your pies. Pumpkin, apple, etc., but I WILL be getting one of those Bourbon Pecan pies for sure. Other options mentioned (thanks Charmel!) include Josiah’s, and CH Patisserie. But I’m suggesting the latter directly below.

Other Sweets: Your guests, in-laws, family will surely be impressed with a plate of the macaroons from CH Patisserie. I brought a plate of these to a party recently and they were a huge hit. So good. So, so good.

Beverages: Other than the above-mentioned whiskey, how about a little holiday cheer in a cup of the weird and delightful Tom and Jerry. You can find the mix around town, but I’ve only had it from Good Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor. Warm your tummy!

I’m really liking this idea, and while Megan won’t let me try it for Thanksgiving, maybe we can do it for Christmas! (nudge, nudge)

As you can see, the main issue with this idea is finding the sides. Also, what traditional dishes am I missing? Does a local shop serve up one of your favorites? Let me know and help fill this menu out!!