Good Taste: Where to find what you need for Thanksgiving

Good Taste: Where to find what you need for Thanksgiving

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When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, every imaginable ingredient is available on the Island. — Photo by Nicole Jackson

The fall has flown by; Thanksgiving is only a week away. Some already have their menus planned, centerpieces arranged, and place cards printed. For those that aren’t as prepared, here are some alternate options.

Don’t want to dirty the kitchen, but still want to spend Thanksgiving at home? Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown and 7a Foods in West Tisbury will do almost all the cooking for you, all you need to take care of is the turkey. Choose from an extensive list of sides, pies, breads, quiches, and cheeses from Morning Glory. Dishes range from cranberry sage stuffing and roasted molasses sweet potatoes to maple glazed carrots with candied pecans and garlic mashed potatoes. Fresh baked pies include pumpkin, apple, blueberry, cranberry, and pecan. Orders must be placed by Tuesday, Nov. 26. For more information and to order, call 508-627-9003. For a full list and prices, visit morninggloryfarm.com.

Fill your table with sides, desserts, and biscuits from 7a. Choose from a list of side dishes including Morning Glory butternut squash soup and purée, roasted root vegetables, sausage stuffing, and whole berry cranberry sauce. Try the housemade biscuits, which also come in cheddar jalapeñ;o. Desserts include local pumpkin pie, sour cream apple pie with walnut streusel topping, pecan pie, brownies, bars, and cookies. Orders must be placed by 4 pm on Monday, Nov. 25. For more information and to order, call 508-693-4636.

Don’t miss out on eating Island turkey for Thanksgiving. The GOOD Farm in Vineyard Haven and The FARM Institute in Edgartown are selling locally raised turkeys, but these birds are going fast. For The FARM Institute, email Lindsay@farminstitute.org or call 508-627-7007. For The GOOD Farm, email thegoodfarmmv@gmail.com.

There are plenty of Island pies to choose from. Make sure to call your favorite pie person or bakery to place an order in advance. The Eileen Blake company is making 18 types of pie, as well as homemade breads, rolls, and coffee cake. Place your order by Monday, Nov. 25, by calling 508-693-0528. Pie Chicks has a holiday menu with mouth-watering flavors to choose from: apple, apple cranberry, blueberry, chocolate bourbon pecan, pecan, and pumpkin. All pies are also available gluten-free. For more information, call 774-563-8562 or visit piechicks.com.

Here is a selection of restaurants that will be serving Thanksgiving dinner. There is limited availability, so make your reservations as soon as possible:

Enjoy a three-course meal with all the trimmings at Lucky Hank’s in Edgartown from 11 am to 6 pm. Start the meal with a fall spiced pumpkin bisque with crème fraîche or a fall harvest salad made with Morning Glory Farm greens, roasted squash, pumpkin seeds, and apples. Next, choose from slow-roasted turkey with giblet gravy or roasted leg of lamb with Port Hunter sauce. Entrées are served with house stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans served over crispy fried onions with béchamel sauce, homemade cranberry sauce, and roasted mixed winter veggies. For dessert, try the pumpkin spice cake with cinnamon-cream cheese frosting and vanilla ice cream or sweet potato pecan pie with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. The cost is $45 per person, $25 for children 11 and under. For reservations, call 508-939-4082.

Visit The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn in Edgartown from 3 to 7 pm for four courses of locally inspired Thanksgiving fare. The meal starts with butternut squash soup topped with crème fraîche and fried sage. The second course includes a choice of spinach salad with crispy house-cured bacon, bleu cheese, apples, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, topped with a warm vinaigrette; seared crab cakes with lemon and bacon aioli, baby arugula, and pickled shallots; or Rosedale cheese with house-cured sopressata and pickled green tomatoes. For the main course, try the roasted turkey breast served with cranberry stuffing, Brussels sprouts, puréed potatoes, and gravy; or crab stuffed lemon sole fillet with baby arugula and lemon beurre blanc. Dessert choices include maple brulée pumpkin pie with vanilla whipped cream, warm apple tarte tatin with homemade vanilla ice cream, and a chocolate and caramel tart with dark chocolate ganache, sea salt, and crème fraîche. The cost is $75 per person. For reservations, call 508-627-6227.

The Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown is serving traditional Thanksgiving fare with a twist. The wild game buffet feast, from 11:30 am to 5 pm, features a variety of New England classics such as clam chowder and oyster stew as well as fall favorites like pumpkin bread and butternut squash soup. The carving station features roasted turkey and ham and the wild game options range from venison stew and roasted rack of wild boar to cedar-grilled salmon. A raw bar of littlenecks, oysters, crab, and shrimp as well as an abundance of cheeses, salads, and sides, and an array of seasonal desserts, round out the offerings. The cost is $59 for adults, $25 for children 12 and under; under the age of 4 is free. For reservations, call 508-627-3761.

l’étoile in Edgartown will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 3:30 to 7 pm. Chef Michael Brisson will showcase local seasonal ingredients in his three-course meal that is still being designed as of press time. Diners will choose from cauliflower soup with bay scallops, or classic French onion soup to start. Appetizers may include a local green salad with a beach plum ginger dressing and roasted beets, or some sort of terrine. For entrées, there will be a choice of organic cider-brined turkey, leg of venison, and lobster. The turkey may be served with wild rice corn stuffing, cranberry compote, and white truffle mashed potatoes; the leg of venison with a Pinot Noir Cassis sauce and a vegetable tarte tatin; and an etuvée of lobster with lemon pepper pappardelle, shiitake and vegetable sauté, though nothing is set in stone. Pricing is by entrée choice, $58 for turkey, $62 for venison, and $69 for lobster. Dessert will be served a la carte with options such as warm pear and ginger corn bread pudding with ginger caramel sauce, and vanilla ice cream and warm apple filled crepes with a caramel sauce. For reservations, call 508-627-5187.

l’étoile closes for the season at the end of November. Stop by this weekend, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 21–23, for its restaurant week menu that will be served in addition to the regular menu. Enjoy three courses for $45 dollars. The restaurant week menu will be similar to the one served in June that can be found on their Facebook page with some seasonal updates.

Many restaurants will be open the day before and after Thanksgiving with extended hours. Make sure to call your favorite place for reservations.

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