Are you hosting an intimate Thanksgiving dinner for 4 or an extended family blowout for 40? No matter the size of your Thanksgiving Day plans, we’ve got the low down of the best places in town who will do your cooking for you, whether you want a ready-to-eat feast or just some help with pies and sides.
But take note: most stores require that Thanksgiving catering reservations be made by next weekend.
1. Palmer’s Market—From herb-roasted turkey breast to endive, radicchio, and arugula salad to bourbon pumpkin cheesecake, Palmer’s has got it all. Check out their catering and bakery menus. If you prefer, you can also order your own turkey to cook and stuff as you will. All catering, turkey, and bakery orders must be placed by Sunday, November 23rd.
2. Aux Delices—The prix fixe menu from Aux Delices is a fabulous option that includes a ready to roast 12-lb turkey as well as an assortment of sides and desserts, which is perfect for a crowd of 8-10. They also offer individual sides (don’t miss the butternut squash mash) and desserts, as well as turkey and spiral cut ham. All orders must be placed by 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 22nd.
3. Whole Foods—For maximum flexibility, Whole Foods offers a variety of options, from fully cooked turkey dinners complete with side dishes to oven-ready brined turkey breast. They also offer some nice vegan and gluten-free dishes, which are a nice option if you have to please a range of palates. (They also have a wonderful program called Feed4More, which makes it easy to donate a Thanksgiving meal for a family in need.)
4. Michael Joseph’s—Offering traditional Thanksgiving dishes from roasted butternut squash and apple soup to wild mushroom and green bean casserole, Michael Joseph’s can take care of your entire Thanksgiving day meal.
5. Amanda Smith Catering—Featuring both full turkey dinners or just side dishes/appetizers, Amanda Smith makes it easy: order online and pick up your goodies at the shop Wednesday afternoon or even Thursday morning. The deadline to order full dinners is Wednesday, November 19th, but you can order side dishes through November 24th.
Planning to cook the whole meal yourself and looking for a little help with finishing touches? Check out the Fisherman’s Net and Darien Seafood—I know it sounds crazy, but in addition to fabulous, fresh seafood (what hors d’oeuvres table is complete without shrimp cocktail?), both of these small neighborhood stores offer fabulous soups, homemade pies, quiches, and other delicacies that will complete your Thanksgiving feast. For desserts, check out browne & co bakery and SoNo Baking Company (which now offers a pick up option at their Darien location).
Happy Thanksgiving! We’re grateful that All about Darien is part of your holiday planning!