Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Jersey City Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here and Jersey City has a lot of options to help you keep it local and make it easy. Here are some ideas on where to get all your essential (and non-essential but delicious) Thanksgiving supplies, what to do, and where to go if you're not cooking.

The Turkey
Check in with Ron of Bone-In for sources of local turkey.

Stony Hill was offering local cage-free turkeys from Ashley Farms. They may still be accepting pre-orders, but time is definitely running short. Try calling (908) 879-2696 to place your request.

The Sides
Grandma Downtown is offering platter specials, $30 for 20 minis or 4 mini loaves, from now until Nov. 24th.

Andy's Market will be delivering Thanksgiving day with special feast-themed sides like their sage sausage.

Bread & Spoon has all the vegetable and carb sides you need available by pint or quart to help supplement your meal (or take to someone else's).

The Dessert
Cocoa Bakery has a special holiday menu with all items available for pre-order. Pies range from $29-$35, cakes are $45 (there's an apple caramel), and there are cookies, cake truffles, and whoopie pies. They typically also have a few extra desserts ready for last minute pick-up, but don't rely on that.

Bucket & Bay is collaborating with Choc-O-Pain for a special pie & pint dessert special. There are several varieties of pies and tarts available, all with suggested Bucket & Bay pints. If you order before 7pm on November 20th, you'll get 10% off

Milk Sugar Love has created an amazing Thanksgiving cake with carrot cake, cream cheese ice cream, and salted caramel you can order for delivery or pick-up on Wednesday, November 25th

Prato Bakery is accepting orders for cantucci, either to pick up on Thanksgiving morning or to be shipped.

WHOS Gluten Free is accepting orders until 3pm on Tuesday 11/23 for gluten-free desserts.

Catering
Anthony David's is offering a full menu with everything from starters to roast turkeys, all fairly customizable depending on what you want and the size of your group.

ME Casa offers holiday catering as both buffet-style or a la carte, but they do get booked early, so plan ahead.

Hudson Greene Market has full meals available with your choice of ham, natural, or organic turkeys. All orders must be in by November 24th.

Morton Williams is offering all-inclusive turkey dinners as well an extensive a la carte menu with options far beyond just turkey. Orders must be in by Nov. 23rd

Full Service Restaurants
Iron Monkey is continuing its tradition of offering a free meal on Thanksgiving for those who might need it in the Jersey City community. Reservations are recommended and there are several seatings throughout the day.

Bistro La Source will have a $49 prix-fixe menu available from 1:00pm-9:00pm

Fire & Oak will be available from 11am-11pm with an a la carte menu. Reservations are recommended.

Liberty House will be serving a three course prix-fixe menu from 1pm-6pm.

VB3 is offering a $35 prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner.

The historic Coach House in North Bergen will be offering a Thanksgiving menu.

South House will be open and serving a prix-fixe meal.

Liberty Prime has a prix-fixe meal for $65/person and has a la carte options available.

Volunteer Opportunities
Please donate non-perishable food items to be given out to Jersey City residents in need through Team Walker – 373 Communipaw Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07304

Donations and volunteers are also being accepted by AngelaCares, who will be delivering turkey meals on Wednesday Nov. 25th. Please call 201-685-7273 for more information

Bambino Chef is holding their annual Sandwiches for Shelters on Nov. 21st and you can help by donating supplies or your time.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center is serving Thanksgiving dinner to those in need and are looking for volunteers and donations of paper goods, prepared foods, and other items.

St. Paul's Church in collaboration with the Jersey City Homelessness Advocacy Group is hosting a Pre-Thanksgiving Day of Giving. Volunteers and food are needed. They're also issuing an open invitation for a McGinley Square Community Dinner from 2pm-7pm on the day of Thanksgiving.

Grace Church will be celebrating Thanksgiving the weekend after as part of their Feeding the Homeless breakfast every Saturday and Sunday and are always looking for volunteers.

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