So, you know how you offer to host Thanksgiving and then all of a sudden it’s like November and you realize you HAVE SO MUCH TO DO! Like- clean the entire house, in and out, making it “mother-in-law” clean? Plus plan a table scape and make sure everyone has someplace to sleep and you have to choose wine and oh, crap. Food. You have have to plan and make a FEAST for all these people. Not only do you have to plan it, but you have to buy, it, prep it, cook it serve it, then clean up after it.
Phew. I’m already tired, and I didn’t cook a thing! In fact, if I were hosting Thanksgiving, I still wouldn’t cook a thing, thanks to Whole Foods. Listen, I love to cook, and I’m a GOOD cook. But big holidays are stressful enough and when the main event of a holiday is the FOOD, well, stress can go through the roof. I had a chance to attend a food tasting at Whole Foods in Danbury with a few other bloggers to #ShareTheCheer and check out the Thanksgiving catering menu- and it did not disappoint. It was amazing and tasted homemade. In fact, you can TOTALLY pass this off as though you made it yourself. Why not? I won’t tell.
The beautifully set table (yes, I took notes for another day) set the stage for an epic dinner. It was intimate and cozy with just a few bloggers- so it did feel like family. As we chatted, we had a chance to try some yummy pumpkin tea bread. It was perfectly spiced and not too sweet. I, personally, would LOVE to have it for breakfast, toasted with a little natural peanut butter, but it was a lovely start. Then the appetizers came out.
Oh, I love appetizers. We had:
- Brie en Croute
- Crab cakes
- Tornado Shrimp with sweet chili sauce
The brie is always a favorite- this one was full of apples and cranberries, and just the right amount of crust. I, personally can be talked into sharing a Brie en Croute for dinner with a bottle of wine, so I knew it was going to be good. I also liked the crab cakes. A perfect blend of seasoning, crab, and breadcrumbs I’d think I’d like to have these for dinner another night, too. The Tornado Shrimp was REALLY good. A shrimp prepared with a crunchy wrapping of sweet potato with the perfect amount of kick in the sweet chili sauce was my favorite. In fact, I like it so much I’m going to order it to bring to my mother in laws for Thanksgiving.
That’s not ALL I’m bring to my Mother in laws.
Whole Foods provided us with a whole Thanksgiving dinner to taste. I can’t get over how WONDERFUL it was- it really tasted homemade. I’ve had “store bought” Thanksgiving dinners before and trust me, you can usually taste it. But this dinner tasted like someone spent some time in the kitchen cooking. Well, they did, but it was in the kitchen of Whole Foods, not at home. Anyway, it was DELICIOUS.
Look- just LOOK at this turkey!
Is this where I admit my turkey doesn’t look this beautiful, but it doesn’t matter because I STINK at carving it so I carve it in the kitchen and just set out platters of food? It would be, but from now on I’ll have to carve in the dining room as Chef Adam gave us a carving lesson:
Now all we need is for him to share his recipe for Turkey and Dumplings – to use up the leftovers. Hey, Chef Adam, help a girl out??
Then they brought in the food. Oh, the food.
Here’s the menu:
- Gardein Stuffed Turk’y with Vegan Wild Mushroom Gravy
- Green beans with Almonds
- Mashed Potatoes
- Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Made in-house Stuffing
- Cranberry Orange relish
Pretty much everything you’d want at Thanksgiving. There were even two types of turkey, kosher (on left) and herbed (on right) , I personally LOVED the Kosher turkey, it was more tender, I think. The herbed one was fine, a bit chewy, but still tasty. It’s just my personal preference. I tried the Gardein Stuffed Turk’y and it was really good, too! I’ll bet I can make it for my family and not tell them it’s vegetarian. They’d never know.
After all this lovely food, they gave us each a plate of pie! Now, pie happens to be one of my favorite things, and this plate of 2 kinds of apple and a pumpkin pie was heaven. BUT, it was was too much food, so I brought it home for later. Sadly. some person in my house found it and ate it. I WILL find out who it was. They WILL pay.
Oh, Whole Foods is having a special for Thanksgiving on pie, by the way. 3 whole pies, an apple pie, a cherry pie,and a blueberry pie, all 3 for $19.99! What a FANSTASTIC deal! We also had some pretty amazing coffee. I have to say, I am totally a coffee snob, I love some nicely roasted and BOLD coffee, and the Allegro Coffee Celebration Caffee was PERFECT.
So, how do YOU get to pretend you made all serve this delicious food at YOUR Thanksgiving? , All you have to do is order it. Go to the Whole Foods Market Website and check out their holiday page. You can order your turkey cooked or uncooked and ready to go. You can get the whole meal cooked and all your have to do it heat it up (so your house will STILL smell amazing as if you were cooking all day).
Truthfully, Thanksgiving is all about gathering together with people you love and celebrating what you are thankful for. The biggest part of the celebration is the food- but it’s also the most labor intensive. The food here at Whole Foods is so delicious that it’s something I’d be comfortable serving my guests. Whenever I cook for a holiday, I spent most of the time in the kitchen. Using Whole Foods as an option to help me prepare the meal ahead of time leaves me with nothing but time to enjoy my friends and family, not stuck in the kitchen. And for that, I am TRULY Thankful!
Disclosure: Whole Foods Market in Danbury invited me and few other bloggers for a holiday dinner preview, but all opinions are my own, and totally real. I’d tell you if it was yucky, promise!