For some of us, Thanksgiving is an exciting time to reinvent family recipes with new flavors or the latest foodie trends. For others, it is that dreaded, stressful meal where you have to cook for more people than you ever have before, and clean it up! So for each end of the spectrum, and all of those in between, I have pulled together a list to help each of you find your personal Thanksgiving bliss this year.
TIP: Call and order your turkey while you are reading this. Real, local, responsibly raised turkey’s are not flooding the market these days (at least not this year ) So, if you want to avoid a last minute frozen Butterball, call and order now.
Good Eggs photo of BN Ranch turkey
TURKEY and ALL THE FIXINS DELIVERED:
If you want to cook a few things, and want the convenience of local, artisan, and ready-made foods delivered to your door, this is for you.
Good Eggs LA:
Good eggs has a wonderful assortment of turkey day goodies in their Thanksgiving marketplace. Pick and choose what you need, from uncooked turkey, chicken, quail; fresh local produce baskets, artisan ready to serve items like homemade rolls, jams, savory pies, sweet pies, cranberry cheesecake, and pumpkin ice cream. The Good Eggs “beyond organic” turkeys are organically fed, free-range turkeys from local Jimenez Farms. Supplies are limited so order now. Pre-order until: Friday, November 22nd at Good Eggs LA Delivery days: Wednesday 11/20, Thursday 11/21, Monday 11/25 or Wednesday 11/27. Turkeys are not available on Wednesday 11/27.
Out of the Box Collective:
Out of the Box Collective boxes are filled with items like uncooked organic turkey, fresh roasted vegetable kits, garlic mashed potato kits, and artisan ready-made items like flakey cheddar biscuits, and caramel apple pie. Their Thanksgiving Box is the full feast ready for you to cook at home, recipes included, and a cooking “play by play” to help you prepare it all. I love this cooking timeline, because it cuts out any confusion on when to start cooking, what to cook first, and how to get it all on the table (warm) all at the same time. The turkey’s are from Dey Dey Farm’s and Rocky Canyon , both are local California farms who raise pastured birds supplemented with organic feed. If you prefer to build your own unique box, you can do that too. Preorder until: Friday, November 15th at Out of the Box Collective Delivery days: November 25 & 26th
GRAB and GO:
Just preorder, and grab a few items to cook, and a few ready-made items too.
Whole Foods Market:
Whole Foods provides all different varieties of cooked or uncooked turkey’s from Mary’s (Pittman Farms), and Diestal Farms. The staff is very knowledgeable and can help you choose what is best for you. They also have an array of local and organic produce to get you on your way to your culinary masterpiece and some ready-made items for pick up as well. Oh and I am told that Mary, from Mary’s farm, is available by phone on Thanksgiving day if you have any last minute turkey questions. That’s right, you can call your farmer on the phone and she will answer. Preorder until: Saturday, November 23rd for fresh turkeys. Whole Foods. Pickup: Anytime during business hours and they are open from 7am-4pm Thanksgiving Day too.
Santa Monica Co-op:
You can shop here without a membership, but for $30 a year, why not?! ($25 for the following years). Members get 10% off their entire purchase from Sunday, November 24th through Wednesday, November 27th. The Co-op focuses on local, organic produce and whole foods, which can help you prepare your dream holiday menu. Choose between Diestal Farms organic turkeys or Shelton All Natural turkeys, and some ready to serve items prepared by Rustico (http://www.rusticofoods.com/) Preorder until: Friday, November 22th at Santa Monica Co-op Pickup: Sunday, November 24th- Wednesday, November 27th (10% discount for members)
PICK IT UP and TAKE THE CREDIT
Prefer to sleep in, set the table and relax…
This option is perfect for those of you who want to sleep in, pick up your chef prepared foods, and enjoy. Pick and choose what items you want form their extensive, ready-made, gourmet menu. A few menu highlights are pumpkin hummus, sage and apple stuffing, wild mushroom ragout, haricots verts with toasted almonds, chocolate cream pie and bourbon pecan pie. You can cook their Diestal Farms American Bronze Heirloom turkey for $75 or they can cook it for you (you reheat) for $100. Done and done. Preoder until: Monday, November 25th for the turkey at Farm Shop LA. Pickup: November 26 & 27th; last minute sides and pies can be picked up until Thanksgiving day at 11am
Real Food Daily (Vegan Thanksgiving):
Real Food Daily RFD is a real, local, mindful food pioneer and they have a wonderful pick up option for those of you celebrating without meat. Their full Thanksgiving to go menu includes Butternut Squash Bisque, Faux Turkey, Sage stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Parsnips, Mushroom Gravy, Sweet Garnet Yams, Roasted Vegetable medley, Cranberry Relish & Slice Pumpkin Pie. Preorder until: Tuesday, November 26th at Real Food Daily Pickup: Wednesday, November 27th
JUST TURKEY PLEASE:
Dey Dey Farms can be purchased through their website or through Out of the Box Collective above. For more information on their turkeys, please click here
BN Ranch has free range, all natural vegetarian diet and can be ordered through their website
YAY, NO DISHES…BUT NO LEFTOVERS
Both The Tavern in Brentwood and Akasha in Culver City have 3 course dinners on Thanksgiving day, and they sound good, really good. Their menus are farm to table focused and celebrate our local, seasonal California cuisine.
This Thanksgiving, let’s all be better. Maybe that means serving at a homeless shelter, or grabbing a few extra foods to drop off at the Food Bank. If we all do one thing, it can make a big difference. Let’s all be better at home too, no fights over religion or politics, but more love, compassion, and gratitude.