ThanksgivingdinnerwithturkeyandpiephotogFeeling overwhelmed in the kitchen, or out of time to whip something up for your Thanksgiving host?  With turkey day assistance available all over Baristaville, you don’t need to sweat it to have a nice meal at home. Eat up and be thankful.

Pick up some home made Pumpkin Bisque or Butternut Squash and Apple Soup from THE DAILY SOUP.  They’re taking orders, pick up through Wednesday, closed Thanksgiving Day. 973-744-6999.

SMOKEY’S BBQ can provide full turkey dinners for eight ($125) or 12 ($195) that include the roasted bird, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, collard greens, sauteed spinach, gravy, rolls, and a pie.  Place your order asap, pick up on Wednesday.

MEEMA’S PIES, first featured on Baristanet has gained a following for her luscious home made pies and desserts.  This summer, Meema grabbed the munchmobile’s attention, winning top honors for the peach raspberry and coconut pecan pie, vanilla cheesecake, carrot cake and pignoli cookies.  But her best seller is the popular Mile High Apple Pie.  Seasonal favorites, pumpkin bread, pie, and pound cakes are on the menu too. Meema’s is open Thanksgiving Day for pick up.  Call in your orders now: 973-783-0100.  107 Pine Street, Montclair.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET West Orange and WHOLE FOODS MONTCLAIR, will cook your entire Thanksgiving dinner, if you like.  Make up your own menu from the large selection of Appetizers, Festive Side Dishes, Homemade Desserts and Party Platters. Their all natural, fully cooked turkeys are from Diestel Farms. The Montclair store is taking orders through noon Sunday the 19th. At the West Orange  store, they’ll be accepting orders November 18th from 10am-8pm and Nov. 19th 10am-5pm.

THE PETITE CAFE in Nutley, known for its outrageous stuffed cupcakes and global fusion cooking, is taking orders for the full family meal for $172.50 for 10-12, or trays of sides. Here’s what’s on the dinner menu: 10-12 LB. Turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, green been casserole or honey dill carrots, candied sweet potatoes, chestnut stuffing, or three mushroom stuffing, fresh cranberry-apple sauce.   They also have a selection of pies, bourbon bread pudding, and of course their signature cupcakes, (This one sounds perfect: “Frost on the Pumpkin” Pumpkin cake filled with maple walnut mousse, topped with vanilla and maple walnut icing.) But hurry, orders must be in by Saturday. 503 Franklin Ave. Nutley 973-667-7778

JOE BARTONI’S ITALIAN FOOD MARKET will prepare all or part of your turkey dinner. Buy your fresh seasoned turkey (10-30 pounds, stuffing on the side) ready for baking  in your own home and enjoy the aromas. Choose your sides and pick your desserts: pumpkin, apple, pecan, raspberry cheese cake, and pumpkin bread.  Ready for pick up on Wednesday November 22nd by 2:00 P.M. 151 Valley Rd.  Montclair  973-746-6700.

Treat yourself to Thanksgiving Dinner from CHURCH STREET, “Delivered Ready to Feast” .  Why bother tp cook it all if Chef Barry can offer all these choices!
Chestnut Soup, Butternut Squash & Apple Soup, Cream of Wild Mushroom & Truffle, Homemade Roasted Stuffed Turkey or Goose,With Herb Garlic Stuffing or Sausage & Cornbread Stuffing, Traditional or Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Giblet or Roast Turkey Gravy Mashed or Candied Sweet Potatoes, Goat Cheese & Yukon Gold Potatoes au Gratin, Wild Rice Pilaf. Cranberry Orange Relish,  Roasted Root Vegetables, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts, Maple Glazed Parsnips, Autumn Vegetable Succotash, Creamed Cippolini Onions, Green Beans Almondine. Desserts: Chocolate Pecan, Pumpkin & Apple Ginger Pies,Pumpkin Cheesecake & Pears Poached in Claret $35 per person / add $5 for Goose.  Orders Must be received by Sunday, November 19. Church Street, 12 Church Street, Montclair. 973-233-0216

INDIGO SMOKE will prepare your favorites from their menu for take out. Mmmn! That cornbread, greens, mac & cheese!  Or order the whole deal for $30 per person: Carved white and dark meat turkey with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes/gravy, whipped sweet potatoes, slow cooked collards or string beans, home made cranberry  sauce, pull apart bread, sweet potato pie. Order no later than Monday 11/20, pick up 9-noon on Thursday.  973.744.3440

And what about the Turducken? We saw the cajun specialty for sale at the neighborhood King’s Supermarket. — Annette Batson

5 replies on “Thanksgiving Self-Help”

  1. Let’s start the countdown clock for the close of Montclair’s Whole Foods. I present the following evidence to support my theory.
    1. The Baristanet and the Baristas seem to be unstoppable in their promotion of the new Whole Foods at West Orange. From the time the first sign went up advertising the ground breaking, to a recent glowing review about the grand opening, Montclair’s Whole Foods doesn’t rate a mention.
    2. No surprise either that the West Orange store is often featured as the banner ad on this website. If memory serves me correctly the Montclair Whole Foods used to occupy that spot.
    3. In the above feature we are encouraged to order our whole meal from the West Orange Whole Foods and not the Montclair store.
    4. Because all the stores are owned and operated by a corporation, those number crunchers are just looking for a huge sales decline from the Montclair Store to give them a reason to shut it down. By buying ad space here, and having the Baristanet Baristas keep promoting the heck of West Orange, the days of Montclair’s Whole Food seem to be numbered. Hey it was great while it lasted.

  2. I thought the same thing when I read that post–aren’t they offering that opportunity at the Montclair store too? I’ve now been to the new store three times, and it’s wonderful–but I’m still running to Bloomfield Avenue when I don’t want/need to take the ‘big’ trip.

  3. Don’t be so quick to nail the coffin on Montclair’s Whole Foods. They ARE offering the same dinner deals for the holiday (corrected above). They also have a new marketing manager, Matt Hare, and are renovating the space starting in January. Both stores will continue to advertise with us and we’ll be letting our readers know about each store’s special events.

  4. If you follow Whole Foods as a company, or trade in its stock (WFMI), you know they are VERY focused on growth, not cost cutting. I understand many people are suspicious of “Big Corporations”, but this firm doesn’t fit that typical mold.
    I expect Whole Foods will go to considerable effort to keep both the Montclair and West Orange Stores raking in the $.

  5. I tried Smokey’s BBQ after seeing it mentioned above…what a great place! If you haven’t been, it’s a keeper. The bbq ribs and smothered chicken are both great, and the sides (rice pilaf, collard greens and limas) were EXCELLENT. They also had some great homemade rolls. The guys cooking are very nice and do a truly great job. I have to say, in this town of restaurants, I have tried many, and returned to few…but I’ll go back to Smokey’s.

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