Thanksgiving 2013 Part II: Warm Up for Turkey Day

It’s time once again for everyone’s favorite tryptophan-laced holiday, Thanksgiving. As part II of the Ginny’s Austin Thanksgiving 2013 Round Up of all things turkey, here’s a list ways you can give back as well as warm up your stomach for the big day! Go here for a list of places where you can preorder sides, pies, and mains to help make your Thanksgiving as stress-free as possible!

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

What better way to give thanks than to help make this year’s Thanksgiving feast a bit brighter for local Austinites in need? Here’s a number of ways you can give back in the most delicious of ways:

For the 3rd year in a row, Jack Allen’s Kitchen is teaming up with Mobile Loaves and Fishes on Monday, November 25 to provide Thanksgiving meals to over 700 of Austin’s homeless community. The dinner will be held from 5:30-7:30pm at the First Baptist Church of Austin (901 Trinity). Click for more details about Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Join the HEB Annual Feast of Sharing this Tuesday, November 26 to help serve over 3,000 pounds of turkey and 750 pumpkin pies to Austin area residents. Austin’s Feast of Sharing event will be held at the Parmer Events Center from 4-8pm. Find out how you can get involved here.

Operation Turkey sponsored by Bikini’s Sports Bar is still taking volunteers for this year’s event. Sign up to help feed those in need around Austin from 8-noon on Thanksgiving Day here. This amazing annual event feeds almost half of Austin’s homeless community each year!

Work up an appetite and give back at the same time by signing up for Thundercloud Subs’ Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot. Now in its 23rd year, the annual 5-mile fun run and 1-mile walk has given back more than $1.6 million to Caritas. More details can be found here.

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Thanksgiving 2013 Part I: Where to Pre-Order

It’s time once again for everyone’s favorite tryptophan-laced holiday, Thanksgiving. To start off the Ginny’s Austin Thanksgiving 2013 Round Up of all things turkey, here’s a list of places where you can preorder sides, pies, and mains to help make your Thanksgiving as stress-free as possible!

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Looking for a way to contribute without stepping foot inside an actual kitchen? I recommend bringing the gift of cheese this Thanksgiving by preordering hand selected cheese and charcuterie plates from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. Antonelli’s will package together a selection of cheeses and meats ready to be plated and enjoyed while the turkey finishes roasting. Antonelli’s is offering a variety of options available for both pickup and shipping this Thanksgiving. To pickup your order by Wednesday, November 27, be sure to call or stop by the shop this Sunday. To ship your goodies, place orders online this Saturday.  Call 512.531.9610 or visit the Antonelli’s website for more info. Antonelli’s, 4220 Duval, Austin, TX 78751.

Speaking of cheese shops, Henri’s is taking orders for house-smoked turkeys in addition to cheese and meat plates this Thanksgiving. Just pop it in the oven to reheat on Turkey Day for a stress-free holiday. Cost is $5/lb. and each turkey ranges from 10-13 lb. Order by Monday, November 25 for Wednesday pickup. To place an order, call 512.442.3373. Henri’s, 2026 S. Lamar, Austin, TX 78704.

Central Market is currently taking orders through Tuesday, November 26 for everything from appetizers to desserts. Central Market’s holiday offerings include a number of different options including a la carte dishes, side dish packages, or full meal options. For prices and ordering details, please visit here.

For home cooking from someone else’s kitchen, check out Hoover’s Cooking full range of options including a la carte side dishes, whole turkeys, and from-scratch cobblers in addition to complete meals available for preorder this Thanksgiving. Visit Hoover’s at 2002 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722. Catering packages can be found here.

Planning on doing all the heavy lifting in the kitchen? Help your Thanksgiving Feast get a leg up by using quality ingredients from Dai Due. The Butcher Shop is offering a number of Thanksgiving specials including everything from turkey brining kits to turducken sausages. Pursue the full range of offerings and preorder your goods here.

Allow yourself to focus on the main event by punting the side dishes to Sullivan’s this year. The downtown steakhouse is offering table staples such as Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Corn, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Casserole, Mac & Cheese and Creamed Spinach available in a range of portion sizes priced from $9-$26. Preorder for Tuesday or Wednesday pick up by calling 512.495.6504. Sullivan’s Austin, 300 Colorado Street, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701. Continue reading Thanksgiving 2013 Part I: Where to Pre-Order

Thanksgiving Happenings: Where to Watch the TCU/UT Football Game

Whether you’re searching for the perfect spot to watch the Texas Longhorns take on the TCU Horned Frogs or merely needing a break from too much family togetherness, here’s a list of places who will be open Thanksgiving evening for your viewing pleasure. 

Update: The following places are usually open for holidays when the ‘horns are playing at DKR, but I have not confirmed this as fact quite yet. However –true story- my father threatened to unsubscribe to my blog if the Texas Chili Parlor wasn’t included on the list in some form or fashion. Clearly my TCP love . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving Happenings: Where to Watch the TCU/UT Football Game

Thanksgiving Recipe File: Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

Searching for a dish to jazz up your Thanksgiving holiday table? Close those cookbooks because Sullivan’s has what you’re looking for with this perfect recipe for a grown up, decadent version of sweet potatoes. Save the marshmellows for s’mores and reach for the good stuff to make these delicious Bourbon Sweet Potatoes topped with a Pecan Oatmeal Crumble.

Note: Should the in-laws or a charming sibling begin wearing out their welcome, it is highly recommended to finish this dish with a shot of bourbon for the chef. Your secret is safe with us…

Sound delicious but don’t want to step foot in the kitchen? No worries – just order this and other sides from Sullivan’s by Wednesday, November 21. More details here.

Recipe after the jump!

Bourbon Sweet Potatoes w/Pecan Oatmeal Crumble

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Austin Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and whether you are headed to Austin for the Horns game or just want someone else to do the heavy lifting this Turkey Day, chances are you are looking for a place to dine. Here is a preliminary list of what restaurants are open around town. Stay tuned for updates and game watching spots to come! If you know of a few places not listed, feel free to email me at ginnysaustin@yahoo.com or leave a comment below! Gobble, gobble.

Bar Mirabeau – Newly opened Bar Mirabeau will be hosting a Thanksgiving feast to please traditionalist and nonconformist alike with a menu boasting Smoked Lobster with hollandaise sauce and Braised Beef Short Ribs in addition to a Deep Fried Turkey Galantine dinner. The three-course menu is $29.95/pp (add +$20 for lobster) and $10.95/children 12 and under. Thanksgiving at Bar Mirabeau runs from 1-9pm. Reservations can be made by calling 5124369633 or online here.

Trace at the W– Open from 4:00pm-9:00pm with a special multicourse, family-style Thanksgiving menu for $55/adults and $15/children; Menu here. Reservations recommended: 512.542.3660. In addition, TRACE is also offering a special take-out option featuring a turkey and all the fixings. The dinner, listed here, is $125/for two and $175/for four.

24 Diner – 24 Diner will be hosting a special Thanksgiving Day lunch in addition to its full menu beginning at 10:30 AM. The cost is $24/pp with no reservations required. Full menu here.

Trio: Thanksgiving Buffett Special $88/pp for seating on the Lake and $78 in the Ballroom ($25 for children 6-11); Full Menu can be found here. Open from 11am-6pm. Reservations call 512.685.6300.

The Carillon: Thanksgiving Buffett from 10:30am-1:30pm; $65 adults/$19.95 children. Menu here. For reservations call 512.404.3655 or Email thecarillon@attconf.utexas.edu or book online here.

Josey’s at Lakeway Resort and Spa – Josey’s at Lakeway Resort and Spa will be offering a Thanksgiving Brunch from 10:30am-3:00pm. The cost is $50/pp and $20/children 12 and under. Full menu can be found here.  For reservations, call 512.261.7323.

The Bakehouse -
The Bakehouse will be serving their traditional turkey dinner, all you can eat at your table, for $15.95/guest and $6.95/12 and under. Carry-out orders available for $12.95/pp. 5404 Manchaca Rd, 512.443-5167

The Driskill – The Driskill will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast at both brunch and dinner with a multicourse menus available here and here. Brunch runs from 10am-3pm and cost is $65/adults and $32.50/children with free unlimited champagne for 21+; Dinner runs from 3-8pm and costs $85/pp and $35/children under 12. Reservations strongly recommended: 512.391.7039. In addition, the Driskill is also offering a special take-away menu (listed here) for $35/pp.

Carmelo’s – Carmelo’s will be serving a special $19.95 Thanksgiving meal in addition to the regular menu beginning at 11am on Turkey Day. Full menu is available here and reservations can be made by calling 512477.7497.

Cool River Cafe – A special a la carte and $34.95/adults and $14.95/under 12 prix fixe Thanksgiving menu will be served from 11am-10pm; Call 512-835-0010 for reservations.

III Fork’s – A special Thanksgiving menu will be served from 11am-8pm with both prix fixe ($42.95/pp) and a la cart options available. Call (512) 474-1776 for reservations. Continue reading Austin Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2012

UPDATED: Austin Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2011

Here is the list again with a few additional updates. More to come!

It is that time of year again! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Ginny’s Austin is the place to find out what will be open on this holy day of eating! Here is a preliminary list to get you started, which I will update frequently. If you know of a few places not listed, feel free to email me at ginnysaustin@yahoo.com or leave a comment below! Gobble, gobble.

The Bakehouse – The Bakehouse will be serving their traditional turkey dinner, all you can eat at . . . → Read More: UPDATED: Austin Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2011

Austin Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2011

It is that time of year again! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Ginny’s Austin is the place to find out what will be open on this holy day of eating! Here is a preliminary list to get you started, which I will update frequently. If you know of a few places not listed, feel free to email me at ginnysaustin@yahoo.com or leave  a comment below! Gobble, gobble.

24 Diner – Full regular hours and menu. There is a special Thanksgiving menu available for $24pp. No reservations required (or accepted).

Lakeway Spa – A special Thanksgiving brunch menu . . . → Read More: Austin Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2011

Recipe File: Brussels Sprouts w/Parmesan & Cranberries

                Like most children, I grew up with a strong dislike for Brussels sprouts. My first memorable encounter with the bitter vegetable came when my mother tried to convince older brother and me these foreign objects on our plates were merely mini lettuces. Forks down, shaking our heads in disdain after one sample, thinking, how dare she try and fool us?!? We are kids, not morons! Of course, my mother was merely trying to feed her children a healthy home cooked meal using vegetables from her carefully cultivated garden (move to Austin anytime Mom!). More details [expand title= Here]

             Regardless, Brussels sprouts were now firmly on the ‘do not eat that’ list. Fast forward a few years to my grandmother’s kitchen where once again I unsuspectingly ate the dreaded ‘mini lettuces’, this time to different results. Once she explained what I had just devoured, shredded Brussels sprouts leaves topped with beet greens, I was shocked by how much I enjoyed the dish. Granted, I love just about anything in her kitchen, so the experience had to be a fluke.

                With most Austin restaurants committed to using seasonal, sustainable produce, Brussels sprouts have made quite the comeback and hence, very hard to avoid. I have since found myself actually enjoying these once loathed vegetables. However, since most restaurant versions, example here, come with ample amounts of bacon, butter and other sinful flavors, it’s hard to determine if what I actually enjoy on the plate. 

                In all my years of cooking, I have never experimented with Brussels sprouts for obvious reasons. However, with the very welcomed fall season finally here, what better time to experiment. As an accompaniment to toasted butternut squash ravioli, recipe here, I would serve roasted Brussels sprouts with parmesan cheese and cranberries. My guest for the evening is a Brussels sprout fanatic so she would make for a fitting test audience. However, she is also a vegetarian, and I was without a bacon crutch to rely on. Additionally, I try to limit the amount of butters and oils I use cooking, especially during the week. The results of my first attempt showed a promising recipe with a few lessons learned.  First, I would highly recommend soaking the Brussels sprouts in water or broth before roasting to prevent them from drying out, especially if you are not adding much fat. Secondly, I wanted to recreate my grandmother’s technique of separating the leaves. I used a food processor to chop some, but hand hacked others. The processor delivered too finely chopped leaves even with just a couple of pulses which cooked too quickly. Recipe below, with my adjustments included. Feel free to share your tips as well! [/expand]

 

Served alongside butternut squash ravioli, recipe here.

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