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.

Since Black Friday has officially trickled into Thursday, might as well start celebrating Turkey Day a little early too. To help get the festivus started, a few local restaurants are offering pilgrim-inspired seasonal dishes to help you warm up for the big day. (Just make sure you add stretchy pants to the Black Friday shopping list.) 

From now until December 1, Hopdoddy’s is serving a burger recreation of a traditional Thanksgiving feast consisting of homemade cornbread stuffing, ginger cranberry chutney, turkey patty with sage pesto, Gouda cheese, and a bacon Brussels sprouts salad served on an egg bun ($11). Violet Beauregarde would be pleased. Hopdoddy’s locations can be found here.

What better way to ensure your New Year’s Resolution will be to join the gym than by warming up for Thanksgiving with a special Turkey Day-inspired donut from Gourdough’s Public House? Representing gluttony at its finest, ‘The Gobbler’ features thick slices of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and habanero cranberry jam layered on top of a housemade donut. Get your fix by visiting Gourdough’s at 2700 S Lamar, Austin TX, 78704.

Banger’s will host a special Thanksgiving themed edition of their Smoke Out Saturday event this weekend. Beginning at 8pm this Saturday, join Banger’s for a feast to include dishes such as whole turkeys and hams, marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and brown gravy, stuffing, orange-cranberry sauce and green beans with almonds. Banger’s, 79 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701.

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