Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is getting closer and Jersey City has a lot of options to help you celebrate. Here are some ideas on where to get all your essential Thanksgiving supplies, what to do, and where to go if you're not cooking.

Volunteer Opportunities
AngelaCARES is looking for volunteers all day Wednesday for their annual Thanksgiving Feed the Seniors event.

Hoboken Shelter is looking for help to serve meals, sort through food and clothing donations, and socialize with their guests. You must register to help.

Grace Community Services will be hosting a Thanksgiving Breakfast the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving and need cooked food donations in large aluminum trays, at least enough for 20 people. Good options include boxed au gratin potatoes, corned beef hash, canned fruit, vegetable medley, and all donations can be dropped off to Grace Church 7am-9am.

The Jersey Journal has a list of events around town including volunteer opportunities throughout the week.

The Main Event
Bone In has pasture-raised, heritage 15-25 lb  turkeys available for reservation from Green Duchess Farms in Franklin Township. 

Hamilton Pork is offering free range 10-12 lb smoked turkeys, available for $99. They'll also have sides available to add on to your order. 

Graze and Braise is taking orders for fresh all natural turkeys ranging from 10-25 lbs at $7.99 lb and they're offering a full range of gluten-free and paleo sides for $175 that will feed 8-10 people. All turkey orders should be in by 11/15.

Grandma Downtown is offering three sizes of assorted bread and roll baskets. Email for details and to place orders.

Busy Bee Organics has a full list of vegan and gluten-free dishes available for order with everything from gluten-free stuffing to gravy to individual pumpkin cheesecakes as well as a stuffed butternut squash as the perfect vegan main course. All orders must be placed by Sunday. 


Cocoa Bakery has a variety of pies (including a gluten-free pumpkin pie), cakes, whoopie pies, cake truffles, and assorted cookie platters available for pre-order. 

Milk Sugar Love is accepting orders for three Thanksgiving specialties: a Pie in a Pint ice cream duo with Pumpkin Pie and Blackberry Crumb; a Thanksgiving ice cream cake made of carrot cake, cream cheese ice cream, salted caramel and toasted coconut, and Thanksgiving macarons. 

WHOS Gluten Free is taking early orders for any of their gluten-free desserts. Email them at

But-A-Cake is accepting orders for delivery until 11/18 including their Bourbon Spiced Apple, Cranberry Pecan, and Pumpkin Spiced Latte dessert jars.

L'Atelier Du Chocolat has three pies available to order: coconut, chocolate, and pumpkin. Book your orderrs ahead  of time by visiting the store at 321 Marin Blvd. 

Choc-O-Pain and Bucket and Bay have teamed up to provide Pie and Pint combinations with 6 different tarts available from Choc-O-Pain and 7 paired pints, including a vegan Fuji apple cider sorbet. Items can also be purchased individually. All orders must be in by 11/20 and you can either pick-up or have them delivered on Wednesday, 11/23. 

Where to Go
While not a meal, on Tuesday, 11/22, Temple Beth-El will be hosting an Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service beginning at 7pm. All are welcome.

The Hilton Doubletree's Hudson Grille (recently renovated and with a new executive chef) will be offering a three course prix-fixe dinner for $39.99. 

Liberty Prime Steakhouse is offering a prix-fixe feast for $55/person and will also have a la carte menu available beginning at 4pm.  

Liberty House in Liberty State Park will have a three course prix-fixe for $58/adult and $28/child from 1-6pm. 

South House is accepting reservations for Thanksgiving, offering a three course prix-fixe meal for $35/person including a vegetarian option with their choice of beer or wine or if you have ten or more guests, a family style meal for $40/person.

VB3 is offering a $34/person three course prix-fixe meal. 

The Iron Monkey is continuing their annual tradition of offering a free meal and a place to gather for anyone who needs it. 

Keep checking back in for more updates and volunteer opportunities as Thanksgiving comes closer!

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