Now that it's November and the election is over, one thing is on every American's mind: Thanksgiving. This year it's fairly early -- Thursday, November 22 -- so it'll sneak up before you know it. If thinking about two weeks of planning, stocking up, and preparing to cook for a large group leaves you in a panic, consider opting for a kitchen-free holiday experience at one of the following local restaurants.
The Farm at South Mountain will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at Quiessence with three seatings available: 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. Chefs Greg LaPrad and Anthony Andiario are planning quite a feast. Guests have several options to create their ideal three-course Thanksgiving meal. The first course is a choice of mushroom and chestnut soup or roasted beet and apple salad. The four entrées -- all accompanied by family-style creamed greens, whipped potatoes, candied carrots, and cornbread stuffing -- are slow-roasted turkey with sage gravy, baked lobster, wild venison, and creamy "coal fire" polenta. For dessert, there will be pumpkin pie with pecan Chantilly cream and warm apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. Quiessence's Thanksgiving dinner is $65 per person, $29 for children under 12. Reservations required; call 602-276-0601.