Unlike last year’s Thanksgiving, now we can safely gather and get together but, if cooking has never been your thing, you were probably thrilled to not have to cook. If we learned anything from the past year and half, it’s that spending time with who you love, doing what you love is what matters most. Just because you aren’t into cooking the Thanksgiving feast, it doesn’t mean you have to go without. There are a slew of Toronto grocery stores and restaurants that have graciously volunteered to cook and prepare your family’s Thanksgiving feast for you.
One of Toronto’s top grocery chains is Summerhill Market and it’s known for its insanely delicious pre-made food so it’s no surprise that there’s a Thanksgiving feast up for grabs. Available for pre-order is the turkey dinner or beef tenderloin and it comes with all the trimmings. The turkey dinner is $32.99 per person and the beef tenderloin meal is $41.99/person. Don’t worry, there’s enough pie to go around because SHM makes some of the best around. You can order your Thanksgiving meal online or head to your nearest store to pick it up.
Love to cook but hate how stressful cooking a giant turkey can be? Enter Chef’s Plate. This year the geniuses at Chef’s Plate have put together the perfect recipe for a Thanksgiving meal, minus the panic. Inside the box is everything you need, all measured out so there’s literally no room for error. You’ll cook a delectable turkey scallopini, roasted maple bacon Brussels sprouts, creamy mash, plus there’s lots of mushroom gravy!
If the usual Thanksgiving meal is getting too basic for you, Chef Chris Locke and the Marben team have your back. This year’s heat-at-home Thanksgiving meal comes with the non-negotiables like Organic Turkey and Cranberry Sauce as well as fun twists on classics like Miso Turkey Gravy, Cauliflower Gratin, Black Garlic Cabbage and Butternut Squash and Black Parsnip Pie with Sage Marshmallows.
Give your Thanksgiving meal an Italian twist thanks to the Eataly Toronto team. In addition to local and pasture-raised turkeys, you can create your own feast with ease using the Italian grocer’s catalogue. Start the evening with a salumi board and then add on some fresh oysters if that tickles your fancy. Don’t forget the fresh pasta and the star of the show — turkey! Want to take the day off? No sweat because Eataly’s ready-to-heat meal for four includes everything you need including salad, gnocchi, turkey, stuffing, potatoes and tiramisu for dessert! Place your order by October 6 for pickup on October 8, 9, or 10.
If a guest coming to your Thanksgiving meal was plant-based, it used to be a bit of a headache but not anymore. Now you can make your whole holiday feast a plant-lover’s dream thanks to Planta. The Plantsgiving bundle includes a mushroom meatloaf where you won’t even miss the meat, as well as savoury stuffing, cashew macaroni and cheese, squash soup, and more as well as pumpkin pie for dessert. If you aren’t based in Toronto to pick it up yourself, you can have it shipped anywhere in Canada. Order by October 6 for delivery by October 9.
Feeling fancy this Thanksgiving? Cafe Boulud at Four Seasons Toronto is ready to help you serve up a feast you’ll never forget. The Thanksgiving meal serves five and includes a slow-roasted turkey, a gorgeous seasonal salad, brioche stuffing, roasted heirloom carrots and so much more. The feast is available from October 8 until the 11th and will set you back $275 but if we know Cafe Boulud, it’ll be well worth it.
Earl’s Kitchen & Bar
Whether you’re dining with the family this Thanksgiving or will be flying solo, the team at Earl’s has you covered. The restaurant is bringing back their popular ready-to-heat turkey dinners that come with all the fixings you know and love. Think juicy turkey, buttery mash, delicious gravy and more. Plus you can even add on slices of pie or go big and grab the whole thing. The individual servings retail for $29 each while the family size for four is $105.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Blair Stutz)