By Kevin Williams
My parents, at last count, will be serving 22 people at our Thanksgiving supper. That’s a lot of people to please and plates to clean. So that gets me thinking about the families that go out for Thanksgiving supper. I mean, on some level – it makes a lot of sense...
PROS: no mess to clean up, no tables to set, no lumpy gravy to worry about. You get to simply focus on enjoying the company of your loved ones.
CONS: at a restaurant you don’t get to “linger” like you do at a home. At home, you can waddle over to the sofa, collapse and visit (and plot “round two” of eating in a couple of hours). And you’re sort of stuck in the company of whoever you are sitting by at the restaurant, so the visiting is a bit limited. And, of course, cost. Let’s just say a full-course Thanksgiving meal is $20…..and 20 people come that’s $400.00. of course, if everyone splits the tab, that’s not terrible. But what is the etiquette about that?
If you want pure gluttony, just an endless trough of food, The Golden Corral has its annual Thanksgiving buffet. Feast your eyes on this menu.
Amish Acres in Nappannee, Indiana has the answer to that, they have a “dine in” option, but also what they call “Dressin’ without the Messin’” (I love their PR people, they just know how to sell stuff)….with that option, you can order a huge carry-out meal to take home. Hmmmmm, I still don’t know how well that would work. I love looking at a bottomless pit of mashed potatoes on the table and you just wouldn’t get that with a carry-in meal. But, again, I’m usually not the one slaving away making that bottomless pit. Click here to read about Amish Acres options on Thanksgiving Day.
The Amish historically have not been huge celebrators of Thanksgiving. They generally are good about giving thanks every day. So don't be shocked to see some Amish workers on the wait staff at Amish Acres on Thanksgiving day.
Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio is closed on Thanksgiving Day, but they do offer "carry-out" packages you can pick up the day before. I guess it'd still all be fresh by the next day? Take a look at these:
Serves 5 – $67.99
2 ½ lbs turkey or ham
1 qt mashed potatoes
1 qt dressing (stuffing)
1 qt gravy
1 qt green beans or corn
½ doz dinner rolls (white or wheat)
1 freshly baked pie
Serves 10 – $122.99
5 lbs turkey or ham
2 qts mashed potatoes
2 qts dressing (stuffing)
1 qt gravy
2 qts green beans or corn
1 doz dinner rolls (white or wheat)
2 freshly baked pies
Serves 20 – $210.99 (there you go, Mom!:)
10 lbs turkey or ham
1 gal mashed potatoes
1 gal dressing (stuffing)
2 qts gravy
3 qts green beans or corn
2 doz dinner rolls (white or wheat)
4 freshly baked pies
Okay, so what do you do on Thanksgiving, eat in or eat out?