Thursday, November 12, 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) Celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones at Davio's Boston. On Thursday, November 26, from 12pm-8pm, guests are invited to enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day menu prepared by Executive Chef Eric Swartz. Guests will enjoy items such as Oven-Roasted Vermont Free-Range Organic Turkey, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Creamy Cipollini Onions with Fresh Peas, Challah Bread Herb Stuffing. We all know Thanksgiving isn’t complete without an All-American dessert. This year’s options include Homemade Apple Pie, Vanilla Ice Cream and Pumpkin Pie, Whipped Crème Fraîche.

The Davio's Thanksgiving dinner menu is $59 per adult and $15 per child (12 years & under). Full dinner menu also available. Special Holiday Desserts are available for $10 each. Tax and gratuity are not included.
Reservations are necessary for this event and can be made by calling 617.357.4810.

2) Legal Crossing will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, from 12pm-8pm, by dishing out a three-plus-course feast. As the amuse course, guests will slurp the Curried Carrot & Apple Bisque (toasted pepitas and cranberry orange mostarda). There are four options for the first course: Crab Cake (asparagus, pancetta, mustard hollandaise); Lacquered Pork Ribs (pickled vegetables); LX Caesar Salad (baby kale, romaine, yogurt dressing, white anchovy); or, New England Clam Chowder (oyster crackers).

Moving on, guests will have their choice of five entrees: Sage Roasted Turkey Dinner (Anadama stuffed delicata, parsley puréed potato, pan gravy); Hoisin Glazed Salmon (pad Thai noodles, seared vegetables, crushed peanuts); Citrus Grey Sole (lemons, capers, butter, croutons, spinach, brown rice); Roasted Cod (butternut squash gnocchi, butternut cream, Swiss chard; pictured below, left); or, Grilled Swordfish Steak (pan roasted vegetables, herb oil). Three desserts will be offered, including: Pumpkin Creme Brûlée; Pistachio Cake (marinated citrus, raspberry purée, pistachio granola); or, Adult Profiteroles I.D. Required (Eagle Rare bourbon ice cream, Valrhona chocolate sauce; must be 21 or older - contains alcohol).

The Cost is $55 per person.. Please make reservations by calling 617-692-8888.

3) Legal Harborside will serve a customizable three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving meal on their second level overlooking Boston Harbor. For the first course, guests will have their choice of “Treasures of the Sea” (oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, snow crab, housemade accoutrements), Local Squash Soup (smoked maple, delicata crisps, candied honeycrisp apple), Pear Salad (local greens, Brussels sprouts, Berkshire blue cheese, sherry vinaigrette) and Lobster Soup (Oloroso sherry, puff pastry; pictured below, left). For entrees, the options are Roasted Creekstone Sirloin (celery root puree, king oyster mushroom, roasted vegetable medley, horseradish gremolata), Sunburst Trout (spaghetti squash, pomegranate, pistachio, curry squash emulsion), Atlantic Cod (smoked mussel chowder, cockles, Applewood bacon, local apple; pictured below, right), Misty Knoll Farms Turkey (housemade cornbread and sage sausage stuffing, cranberry relish, roasted root vegetables) and North Atlantic Lobster (potato gnocchi, chanterelles, truffle, fine herbs). For desserts, choices include Pumpkin Trio (pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin ice cream profiterole with chocolate sauce), Warm Apple Galette (cinnamon stick ice cream), and Warm Chocolate Bundt Cake (mint chocolate chunk ice cream).

The Cost is $65 per person.. Please make reservations by calling 617-477-2900

4) This Thanksgiving, Scampo chef and owner, Lydia Shire, will dish out a delightful family-style prix fixe menu. Available in addition to a la carte specialties, Scampo’s Thanksgiving feast is filled with the tastes of traditional holiday home cooking. To start, there is Baby Mustard Greens with Cabrales cheese, pomegranate seeds and candied pecans. For the second course, guests will have their choice of four options: Best Oysters on Ice, Tuna Tartare & Fluke Ceviche with Satsuma Tangerine, served with brown bread and butter; Maine’s Gil Feather Turnip Soup with grated pear & white truffle gnocchi; Brown Butter Crab Cakes; or, Puffed Vol au Vent of Lobster Savannah with autumn’s chanterelle mushrooms. Main courses include the Roast Heritage Turkey with Muscat gravy and Anadama bread & fig stuffing with celery heart and sausage; Long Bone Lamb Rack & Manti, lamb filled packets with coal roasted eggplant served with sumac & tomato yogurt butter; and, Broiled White Miso Chilean Sea Bass with shaved white turnip and purple yam (pictured below). Sides are served family-style at the table: Deluxe Mashed Potatoes; Maple Glazed Yams; Blistered Green Beans with quince & marcona almonds; Roasted Cipollini Onions with robiola crema; and, Edmund’s Cranberry Sauce. For dessert, choose between the Two-Layer Pumpkin Chiffon Tart or Sticky Toffee Pudding.

The Cost is $62 per adult; $25 per child 12. Please make reservations by calling 617-536-2100


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