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Talking Turkey

Let someone else do the cooking for you



Illustration by John Coulter

Thanksgiving is about friends and family. It’s about football and fun. But on the fourth Thursday of November it’s also about food. The highlight of the day is when everyone gathers round the table to enjoy a perfectly roasted turkey and a variety of delicious sides. But not everyone relishes the task of planning, shopping, and preparing such an elaborate meal. And not everyone wants to serve turkey. It’s time to give thanks for area restaurants that offer special Thanksgiving Day menus—whether you plan to eat in or dine out.

New Morning Market in Woodbury creates everything in its kitchen using its team of talented chefs. “We emphasize honest flavors using local and sustainable ingredients,” says food-service manager Carol Byer-Alcorace.

“Our prepared foods are an expression of our dedication to treating food with the utmost passion, love, and integrity.”

New Morning has built a solid reputation over the years and has become a go-to resource for discerning customers because of its farm-to-table product line, from organics, local agriculture, and the highest grade ingredients in the marketplace. Increasingly, customers in the area have been relying on quality markets such as New Morning to create and cater their holiday meals for them.

It offers a diversity of products from mashed potatoes and gravy to the entire meal components. As an example, New Morning can prepare the following fully cooked, ready to serve (heating up required): Plainville whole roasted turkey, regular and vegan mashed potatoes, regular and/or gluten-free, and vegan gravies, roasted root vegetables, mashed sweet potatoes, tradtional wild-rice medley, organic cranberry sauce, regular/gluten-free/vegan stuffings, regular and gluten-free holiday pies, scones and muffins, green salads.

“For some of the more interesting favorites,” says Byer-Alcorace, “we will have pumpkin potato cranberry gratin, quinoa with garlic spinach, butternut squash and pepitas, gluten-free macaroni and cheese, fruited rice stuffed delicata squash, vegetarian lentil loaf, apple onion cranberry stuffed turkey breast.” Pickup the day before Thanksgiving.
(129 Main St. North, Woodbury, 203-263-4868, newmorn.com)

The Hopkins Inn, located in Warren, offers food and serenity for a Thanksgiving celebration out of your house. This inn and restaurant, established in 1847, overlooks Lake Waramaug and the Litchfield hills, providing guests a stunning view while sharing a holiday meal. Hopkins Inn holiday meals offer everything from the traditional turkey dinner, to duck, roast pork loins, scallops, and salmon. Plus a variety of dessert options.
(22 Hopkins Road, Warren,860-868-7295,thehopkinsinn.com)

The Spinning Wheel offers a special four-course menu at the 1742 farmhouse that is the restaurant. Starters like pumpkin-stuffed ravioli in a creamy sage sauce, or mushroom risotto are just samples of what’s to come. Of course, there is also roasted turkey with all the trimmings, but you may be tempted away from traditional fare by the apple-apricot-stuffed pork loin or the homemade chicken pot pie.
(109 Black Rock Tpke., Redding, 203-664-4000, swredding.com)

Bernard’s offers both eat-in and take-out options at Thanksgiving. Make a reservation to dine in their elegant dining room, or order a gourmet meal to serve at home. Appetizer choices include lobster fricassee served in mini pumpkins, and an organic Scottish trout trio. For your entrée, you can never go wrong with Bernard’s roasted turkey. Pumpkin-crusted halibut with butternut squash risotto, or beef Wellington are enticing alternatives. The take-away menu includes roasted turkeys, stuffing, and vegetables.
(20 West Ln., Ridgefield, 203-438-8282, bernardsridgefield.com)

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