You can enjoy all of your favorite traditional holiday dishes even if your family gathering this year is being hosted by Zoom instead of grandma.
Thanksgiving Day dinner plans look a little different for many of us this year as the coronavirus pandemic continues across the country. You may be limiting your typical large family gathering to a smaller meal with your immediate family (and struggling to scale down your stuffing recipe that makes 20 servings), or your high-risk loved ones may be sitting this one out — which means their signature dishes will be absent from your dinner table, too.
At the same time, many of us are actively seeking opportunities to help support beloved local restaurants that have been hard-hit financially by the virus.
Luckily, Chicago-area restaurants are busy making holiday meals that can picked up or delivered for the holiday, so you can enjoy all of your favorite traditional dishes even if your family gathering this year is being hosted by Zoom instead of grandma.
Here’s a look at some of the offerings:
Sepia (123 N. Jefferson): Chef Andrew Zimmerman’s feast includes celery root soup, apple cider-brined turkey breast, whipped potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, sage and rye bread stuffing, pumpkin custard pie with bourbon caramel and more. $80 per person. Reserve by Nov. 18
Himmel’s Chicago (2251 W. Lawrence): Turkey breast and leg meat; mashed potatoes and gravy, red cabbage, stuffing, green bean casserole, pretzel bread and obatzda, bread pudding; $27.50 per person. Reserve by Nov. 22.
Alinea (1723 N. Halsted): Chef Grant Achatz’s Thanksgiving to-go menu includes an 8- to 14-pound turkey packaged with cooking instructions and compound butter, herbs and spices, sides including green bean casserole, and stuffing with roasted garlic and sage, along with a pumpkin pie for dessert. $325 to $895 depending on party size.
Seasons 52 (Oak Brook, Schaumburg): Dinner box includes Thanksgiving dinner, choice of salad and six Mini Indulgence desserts. Boxes serve four to six for $150 and are available for pickup on November 24 or 25.
Blind Faith Cafe (525 Dempster, Evanston): Enjoy a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal, selected from ready-to-heat-and-serve individual vegetable pot pies (carrots, potatoes and peas, corn, cauliflower, celery, mushrooms, roasted gardein and cream topped with homemade pastry); yellow coconut curry (serves 2); or a complete dinner package featuring a whole shiitake walnut loaf, mashed sweet potatoes, vegetable gravy, cranberry chutney for $75 (serves 6).
Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior): “Thanksgiving To-Go,” featuring dinner for six to ten guests. whole heirloom turkey or whole roasted herb striploin, cheese and charcuterie appetizer platter, mashed potatoes, gravy, fennel chicken sausage and sage stuffing, a variety of vegetable side dishes, winter green salad with blood orange dressing, and a selection of rolls; $85 per person. Order by Nov. 19.
Formento’s (925 W. Randolph): Thanksgiving Meal *to be reheated at home ($290, serves 4-5) includes pumpkin soup, Salad, protein of choice, fixins, two sides, one full-sized pie. Ordering: order via Tock here through Nov. 20. Last order to be placed no later than 72 hours in advance.
Daisies (2523 N. Milwaukee): Take-home Thanksgiving meal including whole turkey ($240, serves 4); Thanksgiving kits ($180, serves 4); and A La Carte market shopping with Thanksgiving sides, pies and turkeys for sale; wine and cocktail pairings
The Bristol (2152 N. Damen): 3-course Thanksgiving-Themed Meal ($85, serves 2) includes salad trio, whole smoked duck with mustard jus, salt baked sweet potato, milkbread with honey butter, cranberry and orange jam whole pie.
Lettuce Entertain You: A host the celebrated restaurant groups eateries are offering Thanksgiving meals-to-go, including Aba, Antico Posto, Beatrix, Bub City, RPM Italian and more.
Bistsro Campagne (4518 N. Lincoln): Thanksgiving Meal Kits (up to 4 people $175; up to 8 people for $300) includes herb-butter-roasted turkey (half bird for 4-person kit; whole bird for 8-person kit); brioche stuffing, gravy, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato confit, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille: Thanksgiving Dinner for $45 per person is available as well as a family-style Thanksgiving dinner (for four or more persons)for only $139. The meal includes choice of family-style soup or salad with sliced smoked turkey breast, mashed potatoes, pan gravy, green bean almondine, sausage & sage dressing, cranberry relish, and homemade bread. Add pumpkin cheesecake (for four or more persons) an additional $20. Tax and 15% handling fee applied to food to-go purchases (no gratuity necessary).
Jerry’s Sandwiches (4739 N. Lincoln): Dinner for four ($180; $35 each extra person) includes roast turkey breast in confit onioin-cherry sauce, butternut squash soup, mixed green salad with house vinaigrette, ciabatta bread, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized sweet potatoes. mushroom stuffing, poblano gravy, grilled asparagus and choice of two small pies.
Maggiano’s Little Italy (various locations): Complete Thanksgiving meal package serves approximately 4-5 people and includes traditional roasted turkey, gravy, focaccia sausage stuffing, country-style smoked ham whipped sweet potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs; four-cheese ravioli; caesar salad; garlic mashed potatoes; bread; cranberry relish; $179.99. Other sides, desserts available a la carte for additional charge. Call (312) 644-5555 to place order.