Thanksgiving is right around the corner so whether you’re alone or with family this year, it’s time to start planning. Here are some Thanksgiving dinner ideas that’ll leave you round-bellied and happy. We’ve got more than just turkey and cranberry sauce!
Feast on a buffet spread
Edge, Pan Pacific Singapore
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with a feast of festive dishes? Happening on 23 November from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Pan Pacific’s Edge Restaurant is holding a one-night-only Thanksgiving buffet dinner ($98 per person; $49 per child) that’s not to be missed. Apart from the restaurant’s popular mainstays of the seven live cooking stations – Chinese, Malay, Indian, Singaporean, Peranakan, Japanese and the signature Pacific Cuisine station – you can also look forward to Thanksgiving-themed creations like herb and citrus butter roasted turkey, baked baby lobster with cider mayo, and house-crafted festive charcuterie. For desserts, an array of classic treats await those with a sweet tooth, including pecan pie, caramel pie, sticky toffee date pudding and pumpkin cheesecake. While you’re at it, turn the celebration up a notch with free-flow house red or white (top up $10).
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Treat yourself and your loved ones to a bonanza spread of more than 80 Thanksgiving favourites at Marriott Cafe’s Thanksgiving dinner buffet ($118 per person, inclusive of free-flow wines and beer; $46 per child) on 23 November, 6.30pm to 10pm. Meaty highlights include maple-glazed roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, bourbon and honey-glazed leg ham, Australian roast beef, and Jack Daniel’s barbecued pork ribs. Seafood lovers can tuck into fresh and grilled items including freshly shucked oysters, crayfish, mussel marinara and Singapore chilli crab. Don’t leave without indulging in desserts – we’re particularly eyeing the pumpkin spiced cake with frosted cheese, and the maple pecan cheesecake. If you want something on the lighter end, we recommend going for the Pool Grill’s Thanksgiving Dinner ($52 per person), where you get to enjoy a three-course meal under the night sky, right next to the pool.
Pair dinner with your first bottle of organic wine
What could be better than finding out that vino can be good for you? It’s knowing healthy, organic wine can be found right here in Singapore! Our friendly, go-to wine expert, BACCO stocks incredible wines that you can indulge in, sans the morning-after headaches (read more on this here). With BACCO’s user-friendly website, healthy vino is just a click away. Take the stress out of last-minute shopping, plan ahead and get your favourite bottles delivered straight to your doorstep.
Approachable BACCO will even give you personalised recommendations if you tell them your tastes. For crowd-pleaser wines, especially if traditional roast is on the menu, go for an Italian red made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – BACCO recommends Montepirolo, Rosso Faye or Guado De’ Gemoli. Nothing says the holidays quite like wine does! We’re placing our orders now.
Throw a potluck party at home
Sasha’s Fine Foods
Previously known as The Barbie Girls, this one-stop online grocer is popular for its extensive range of quality meats, ethically-sourced seafood and artisanal snacks since launching in 2011. Throwing a big family feast? Kid-friendly picks include the fresh, skinless Mt. Cook Alpine New Zealand Salmon Portions ($25.50, 300g), as well as Irish ice-cream business Nobó’s guilt-free creations. All their meat, seafood and products are sourced by founder Sasha Conlan and offer full traceability.
If you’re looking for an unconventional Thanksgiving dinner, try whipping up an all-Indian feast at home! Have a go at this flavourful cuisine with the ultra-useful Spicebox kit ($105), which features a fun cookbook with easy-to-follow recipes, as well as nine types of organic spices, sourced from small farms in India. This unique concept by Indian Spicebox allows you to easily recreate popular dishes like tandoori chicken and palak paneer, all in the comfort of your home. With just a quick trip to the market for fresh ingredients, you can whip up a healthy yet satisfying Indian feast for your party.
Irish food lovers, take note: you can now shop your favourite snacks and produce from Inish Bia, a locally-based online shop that brings in some of Ireland’s best food and drinks from the country’s family-run farms and artisan businesses. Most of the products carry the Origin Green mark of quality and sustainability from the Irish Food Board, and have also won accolades in The Irish Food Awards and Great Taste Awards. You’ll find a full range online, and you can enjoy free delivery if you spend above $100!
With over 40 stores islandwide, Cold Storage is a go-to for many for its range of international brands and organic products. Throwing a BBQ party at home? This supermarket stocks party essentials like disposable utensils, BBQ tongs and napkins.
Need to feed a crowd? Not to worry, you’re most likely to find all you need for the new dish you’ve been dying to try. What’s more, home delivery is available for small fee of $7 (for orders above $60), so you can order your groceries online and save your energy for the actual cooking.
What’s Thanksgiving without a glorious spread of sweet treats? If you’re in charge of bringing a dessert item for the potluck, have your dish stand out from the others – make it a little less naughty and a little more heart-healthy.
Enter online supermarket Foodsterr, a superfood haven for health junkies and nutrition newbies alike. On their snazzy site you’ll find wholesome ingredients like flax seeds, dried fruits, nuts and whole wheat flour, which you can totally sneak into your brownies or bars. We’re eyeing the organic pure maple syrup (from Canada) for a maple pecan pie!
What’s better than indulging in a home-cooked feast with family or friends? It’s knowing that you’re supporting sustainable meat farming! Check out gluten-free grocer and organic butchery Ryan’s Grocery, where you’ll find must-have Thanksgiving staples like sustainably-raised Diestel organic whole turkey, organic Black Angus beef, organic dorper lamb and free-range Borrowdale pork roast. For fuss-free entertaining, this butchery also offers pre-prepped roast turkeys paired with mushroom or chestnut stuffing. Yum!
29 Binjai Park
For all last minute planners (us included), a full-on, made-from-scratch feast may not be ideal. So why not skip all the cooking and dishwashing, and take the easy way out? We’re talking Foodpanda, and it’s got much more than fast food. Food delivery services have come a long way; now you can take your pick from an array of cuisines, from Indian to Mexican to Korean. With delicious, restaurant-quality food showing up in minutes, your guests won’t have much to complain about!
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