Thanksgiving is a perfect time to gather around the table to enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. Unfortunately for those preparing the meal, the day can become a hectic day filled with preparations, fret and clean-up afterwards. This year let the amazing chefs at several of Chicago amazing establishments prepare your family’s Thanksgiving feast. The only finger you will have to lift is the one to pay the evening’s bill.
Karma Asian Food and Wine:
Skip the traditional bird this year and try and Asian inspired Thanksgiving at Karma. Karma has created an incredible four-course menu, $30 per person; $18 for children ages 5 to 12 (reduced portion), and $12 for children under 5 years (one course), served 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 27. To make reservations and for more information about Karma, call (847) 970-6900 or visit www.karmachicago.com.
Karma’s Thanksgiving Menu includes:
• Ginger Scented Pumpkin Bisque -Saigon Cinnamon Crème Fraiche, Scallions, Toasted Sesame
• Karma Salad – Seasonal Greens, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrot Noodles, Red Onion, Szechuan Peppercorn Vinaigrette
• Slow Roasted Turkey Breast – Cornbread Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Seven Herb Gravy, Orange Scented Cranberry Compote, Tahitian Vanilla Scented Haricot Vert
• Asian BBQ Salmon – Shitake, Napa Cabbage, Spinach, Sesame Rice, Asian BBQ Sauce
• Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
• Tahitian Vanilla Whipped Cream Triple Chocolate Cake
Maxwell’s At the Club
Why have just a single portion of food, when Thanksgiving is about indulgence. Maxwell’s At The Club (in the East Bank Club at 500 N. Kingsbury; 312-527-5800 ext. 301) is offering one of Chicago’s most spectacular traditional Thanksgiving Buffets. Open to the public, Maxwell’s is one of River North’s hidden treasures for lunch or dinner. The Thanksgiving Buffet is served from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 27. Adults are $45 per person; children age 10 and under are $15 per person.
One of many things Maxwell’s does exceptionally well is prepare extravagant and beautifully displayed buffets, and the annual Thanksgiving Buffet is deservedly one of its most popular. Bountiful amounts of fresh, delicious and healthfully prepared foods are the hallmark of Maxwell’s and this year the tradition continues. Guests can choose from the many vegetarian dishes as well as gluten-free choices.
Maxwell’s Thanksgiving buffet feast begins with a multitude of Appetizer and Salad selections. Appetizers include Chilled Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce and Lemon, and Roasted and Poached Salmon with Mustard Sauce. The numerous salads on display include Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons; Mesclun Salad with Granny Smith apples, spicy walnuts and raisins, and apple cider vinaigrette; Chopped Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette, Romaine, head lettuce, radicchio, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, tomato, garbanzo beans and Kalamata olives; Kale Salad with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese; Wild Rice Salad with Raisons and Almonds; Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Capers, and Dijon Vinaigrette; Shrimp and Edamame Salad; and Roasted Vegetable Salad with carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, Brussels sprouts, red peppers, onions and garlic; Caprese Salad; Roasted and Red Quinoa Salad; Green Cabbage, Apple and Brussels Sprout Salad; and Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry Relish.
The Carving Station offers guests two perfectly prepared options: Roast Turkey with Turkey Gravy and Natural Jus; and Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus with Horseradish Sauce.
Additional entrées and sides include Roasted Fresh Seafood; Pasta with House Made Italian Sausage prepared with Chicken, Prosciutto, Sage and Asiago; Cornbread Stuffing; Sautéed Brussels Sprouts; Butternut Squash with Kale and Dried Cranberries; Sautéed Green Beans with Wild Mushrooms; Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots, Garlic and Onion; Roasted Sweet Potatoes; and Mashed Red Skin Potatoes.
The Bread Basket is Maxwell’s intoxicating display of Corn, Blueberry, Flaxseed and Cranberry Muffins, Assorted Dinner Rolls and Maxwell’s Bread.
The Dessert table is just as exciting, featuring Pumpkin Pie, Southern Pecan Bars, Raspberry and Cranberry Streusel Bars, Assorted Cookies and Seasonal Fruits and Berries.
Thanksgiving would not be complete without a celebratory glass of wine, and Maxwell’s expertly chosen wine list offers many perfect accompaniments to enhance this memorable feast. The list includes numerous wines by the glass or bottle.
Prairie Grass Cafe
A Thanksgiving favorite, Prairie Grass Café will offer a traditional Thanksgiving menu in the dining room. Prepared by award winning chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, your family will wonder why you didn’t think of this option sooner.
The special Thanksgiving menu in the dining room is priced at $49 per person for adults and $15 per person for children age 10 and under. Children age 3 and under are complimentary.
The Thanksgiving feast begins with a choice of Butternut Squash Soup or Seasonal Organic Mixed Green Salad, followed by Oven Roasted Turkey with all of the delicious and hearty traditional accompaniments: mashed potatoes and gravy, apple chestnut stuffing, sweet potato and butternut squash gratin with marshmallow topping, fresh vegetable and cranberry sauce. Dessert choices include the luscious Pumpkin Pie, delectable Pecan Pie and mouth-watering Double Chocolate Cake. Fish entrées will be available for those who would prefer an alternative to turkey.