By Kae Lani Kennedy, Foodable Contributor
No stress – no mess! Chefs in Philadelphia are taking the worries out of Thanksgiving by offering complete prix fixe feasts to take home for the holiday. But these aren’t your average turkey dinners – from regional delights to strict dietary restrictions, each chef brings his or her own unique take on this traditional holiday meal, guaranteeing that no diner goes hungry on Thanksgiving Day.
Every other day of the year chef and co-owner Erin O'Shea, along with fellow co-owners Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov of Percy Street serve up some of Philadelphia’s best Texas-style barbecue, with a variety of slowly cooked meats paired with baked beans, coleslaw, and other classic barbecue sides. But for Thanksgiving, the chefs are bringing their tangy, barbecue flavors sure to please the whole family. The very rich and filling menu feeds 6 to 8 people and features a 15 lbs. smoked turkey with gut busting sides like cornbread and sausage stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows and collard greens, and for desert, baked apples and a pecan pie. Along with feeding your family, for every turkey sold, Percy Street will donate a turkey to a local food bank.
Miss Rachel’s Pantry is Philadelphia’s go-to for bountiful meals specialized for dietary restrictions. Since 2007, chef Rachel Klein and executive pastry and sous chef Carley Leibowitz have been educating Philadelphians about vegan dishes and how easy it can be to create these hearty dishes at home. For this Thanksgiving, they’re offering completely vegan feasts with maple-glazed seitan roast accompanied with apple-cranberry bread stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts and carrots, caramelized leeks, kale and parsnips, smooth Yukon gold mashed potatoes topped with a creamy truffled mushroom-rosemary gravy. There’s also a gluten free option where the main course is a maple glazed tempeh-lentil roast with rice stuffing.
Greensgrow specializes in all things local, with all Thanksgiving turkeys, soups and sides, pies and sweets coming from nearby farms in Pennsylvania and neighboring New Jersey. Turkeys are fed vegetarian diets and are barn raised, cage free and antibiotic free. The meal is a more traditional Thanksgiving dinner with classic sides including roasted garlic and rosemary mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, cauliflower gratin, and heirloom butternut square soup. For desert, Greensgrow offers an apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie made from scratch along with a variety of ice cream flavors from local favorite, Franklin Fountain Ice Cream.