Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday Sips & Nibbles: Thanksgiving Edition

I am back again with a special Thanksgiving edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food & drink events. Today, you'll find some restaurant options for Thanksgiving if you just don't feel like cooking this year.
1) This Thanksgiving, Taj Boston invites guests to celebrate with a Signature Buffet on Thanksgiving Day, featuring a tempting array of seasonal culinary creations offered in the Grand Ballroom. Executive Chef Andrew Beer presents a variety of dishes including the following:

--Chilled Seafood Display - Chilled shellfish with East and West Coast Oysters, Crab Claws, Shrimp, Marinated Mussels, Lobster Tails, Citrus Lime Cocktail Sauce, Champagne Mignonette, Spicy Remoulade
--Sliced Seasonal Fruits and Artisanal Cheeses
--Soup Station – New England Clam Chowder, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon and Caramelized Apple
--Chestnut Stuffing with Mirepoix and Herbs
--Mushroom and Sage Stuffing
--Yukon Gold Whipped Potatoes
--Roasted Sweet Potato with Burnt Marshmallow
--Orange Scented Cranberry Chutney
--Carving Station - Slow cooked organic Turkey Breast and Comfit of Leg with Turkey Gravy, Pepper Crusted prime rib with Béarnaise and Red Wine Sauces, Brown Sugar Glazed Ham with Sage Apple Butter
--Desserts – Assorted Selections

Seating for the signature buffet will be offered at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. Prices are $85 per person/$42 per child and reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call 617-536-5700

2) Executive Chef Karen Mitchell of The Palm Boston is offering a decadent three-course menu filled with fresh and unique twists on classic Thanksgiving indulgences. With a grandiose dining space featuring 30-foot tall ceilings and extraordinary granite columns stretching the height of the grand dining room, The Palm Boston’s beautiful and classic atmosphere is the perfect place to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

For $55 per person, guests can enjoy the following menu:
First Course
Lobster Bisque (Fresh Lobster Meat, Cream & Brandy)
Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque (Apple Cider Crème Fraiche)
Baby Kale, Radicchio & Apple Salad (Candied Pecans, Crispy Pancetta & Shaved Reggiano, Tossed in Maple Dressing)
Second Course
Slow‐Roasted Hand Carved Turkey (Home Style Stuffing, Homemade Cranberry Sauce & Giblet Gravy)
Choice of Individual Portion Side:
Home Style Stuffing
Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Creamed Spinach
Wild Mushrooms
Green Beans – pancetta, toasted pine nuts & pepper flakes
Charred Brussels Sprouts – lemon brown butter
Third Course
New York Cheesecake (Raspberry Sauce)
Pumpkin Pie (Ginger Spiced Whipped Cream)

Thanksgiving hours are Noon – 8 p.m. A separate menu will be available for $24 for children under 12. For reservations, please call (617) 867-9292

3) Chef Daniel Bruce welcomes guests to Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar for a four-course menu of inventive offerings that blend his contemporary flair with traditional Thanksgiving cuisine. Guests can give thanks and appreciation this holiday by gathering with friends and family at the recently renovated Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar for a one night only special holiday celebration. Adults can also choose to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal with wine pairings, perfectly selected by Boston Harbor Hotel Sommelier Nicholas Daddona.

The menu for the evening is as follows:
One choice per course
First Course
Parsnip Cider Soup (Confit of Fennel)
Endive and Watercress Salad (Dried Cranberries, Blue Cheese, and Roasted Pears)
Maine Lobster and Ricotta Gnocchi (Saffron Tomato Essence)
Pan Roasted Jumbo Shrimp (Garlic, Olive Oil, Lime and Baby Brussels)
Second Course
Fricassee of Wild Mushrooms (Soft White Cornmeal Polenta, Truffle Oil Drizzle)
Pan Roasted Jumbo Shrimp (Garlic, Olive Oil, Lime and Baby Brussels)
Seared Diver Sea Scallops (Pink Grapefruit, Melted Leeks, Red Quinoa)
Pan Seared New York State Foie Gras (Blackberries, Fresh Favas)
Third Course
Parmesan and Leek Filled Agnolotti Pasta (Harvest Vegetable Bolognese)
Leek and Fig Stuffed Organic Turkey Breast (Pumpkin, Sage Dressing, Roasted Potatoes and Baby Kale)
Grilled Atlantic Swordfish Medallion (Scarlet Turnips, Romanesco Broccoli, Yellow Curry Sauce)
Wood Grilled Filet Mignon with Soft Whipped Potatoes, Horseradish Onion Cream (Meritage Syrup)
Fourth Course
Vermont Ascutney Tome Cheese, Grilled Walnut Bread, Toasted Marcona Almonds
Apple Spiced Cake, Granny Smith, Cape Cod Cranberry, Organic Cider Spiced Caramel
Maple Custard Éclair , Pumpkin Confit, Sage, Hazelnut Cranberry Croissant Pudding
Bitter Chocolate Cremeux, Blackberry, Fennel Pollen, Cabernet

Thanksgiving Dinner will be offered from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Menu is $105 for adults ($165 with wine pairings) and $45 for children under 10. To make a reservation please call 617-439-3995

4) Deuxave Chef/Owner Christopher Coombs and his team are pulling out all the stops with a decadent three-course Thanksgiving Day prix fixe menu featuring sophisticated takes on traditional dishes. The $85 per person menu includes dishes such as:

Spiced Heirloom Pumpkin Soup, Adam & Larry’s Scituate lobster, chestnuts & pancetta
Pavé of Duck Confit, frisée & petit mustard greens, forest mushrooms, dates, chestnuts & cranberry
Misty Knolls “Turducken,” turkey breast, duck rillettes, chicken boudin, Robuchon potatoes, hash of Brussels, turnips, butternut squash, cranberry sauce & gravy
Slow Roasted Salmon, lentils du puy, spiced cauliflower, poached heirloom cranberries, butternut squash, cider, chestnut brown butter purée
Pumpkin Cheesecake, house made graham cracker, chai tea glace, salted white chocolate caramel sauce
Apple Galette, date purée, Poire Williams glace, spiced granola

Thanksgiving hours are Noon – 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving menu is also offered to children 12 and under for $25. Reservations are required and a credit card must be provided to hold the reservation. Please note that there is a 48 hour cancellation policy of 50%. For reservations, please call 617-517-5915

5) Chopps American Bar and Grill Executive Chef Jeff Williams is preparing his first New England Thanksgiving meal at Chopps American Bar and Grill. This luxurious American feast features modern interpretations of classic Thanksgiving fare as Chef Williams prepares his first New England Thanksgiving on the East Coast in the Chopps kitchen. Chopps has a number of different seating options available for groups of all sizes.

For $35 ($25 for children 12 & under), guests can enjoy the following menu:
STARTER (choice of one)
Baby Swiss Chard & Kale Salad (Dried Cranberry, Sunflower Seed, Chaubier, Honey & Burnt Orange Vinaigrette)
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (Crème fraiche, Chili Oil)
MAIN COURSE (family style)
Slow Roasted Turkey (Giblet Gravy, Mashed Potato, Mushroom & Sage Date Corn Bread Stuffing)
SIDES (choice of two)
Heirloom Carrots (Coriander, Honey Glazed)
Green Beans (Ginger Ponzu, Crispy Onions)
Crispy Brussels Sprouts (Preserved Lemon, Sage)
DESSERT (choice of one)
Pumpkin Cheese Cake (Cranberry Compote)
Petit Pecan Pie (Vanilla Crème Gelato)

The special Thanksgiving menu will be available from Noon – 5 p.m. (a la carte menu options will also be available). Reservations are recommended. For reservations please call 781-221-6643.

6) Indulge in a Provençal Thanksgiving at Bistro du Midi with Executive Chef Robert Sisca’s three-course prix fixe menu featuring additional foie gras and truffle additions. With views overlooking the picturesque Public Garden, Bistro du Midi is the perfect place to enjoy this beloved holiday. The $68 menu features an array of tempting seasonal dishes such as:

Heirloom Squash Soup, wild mushrooms, aged balsamic
Wagyu Beef Tartare, pistachio, burgundy truffle
Goat Cheese Gnocchi, arugula pistou, cranberries, squash, pine nuts
Turkey Ballotine, sweet potato purée, cauliflower, chestnuts, pan jus
Seared Duck Breast, chorizo, cauliflower, golden raisins
Ribeye, kale, sauce au poivre
Beet Panna Cotta, caramelized pistachios, chevre ice cream
Pumpkin Beignets, red currant caramel, vanilla sugar
Foie Gras Course (supplement $21) – Seared foie gras, chestnuts, chocolate, macerated cherries
White Truffle Course (supplement $65) – Parmesan gnocchi, king oyster mushroom, shaved white truffle

The prix fixe menu will be served in the main dining room and café; reservations can be made for the main dining room from 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  A separate prix fixe menu will be offered for $29 for children 12 and under. For reservations, please call 617-426-7878

7) This Thanksgiving, Chef Robert Tobin invites you to relax and leave the cooking to him and the culinary team at the Aura Restaurant at the Seaport Hotel offers the ideal way to escape the hosting duties and any potential stress, and instead enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet in the company of your family and friends.

Guests will feast on Thanksgiving favorites, traditional brunch fare and an array of autumn classics. The spread will include breakfast items like traditional eggs benedict, French toast, and a leek and truffle quiche. There will also be a raw bar with clams, oysters, and shrimp cocktail. Thanksgiving necessities include roasted butternut soup with chestnut cream, roast turkey breast with cranberry sauce, roasted honey ham, sweet potato & maple syrup casserole, stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts. Pastry Chef Karen Hodson will put out a delectable assortment of holiday cakes, pies, mini pastries and a chocolate fountain,

Live entertainment will be provided by Lance Houston Jazz Quartet. The Brunch Buffet will be held from 11am-3pm and the cost is $85 per adult and $25 for children, ages 5-12 (plus tax & gratuity). For reservations, please call 617-385-4304

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