The changing of the season has officially arrived. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures a tad cooler and mindsets are shifting to the upcoming holidays.
By November, the festive season is in full swing, and before the shopping rush begins, families will be gathering to celebrate a year of gratitude. The Thanksgiving meal is a pillar of this holiday tradition, a staple of American culture and often an effort of grand proportions to put together.
For those who are more inclined to dine out than cook at home, here are five Martin County restaurants that will be happy to host your Thanksgiving celebrations.
Drift Kitchen & Bar
Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa will be hosting a Thanksgiving buffet at its restaurant, Drift Kitchen & Bar. The dining room features an upscale ambiance and ocean views, with a menu highlighting fresh seafood and Italian fare.
For the buffet, guests will enjoy traditional dishes such as oven-roasted turkey breast and slow-roasted prime rib and sides including ciabatta sage stuffing and candied yams. A selection of desserts and complimentary mimosas complete the holiday spread. The buffet is held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and costs $55 per adult, $20 per child under the age of 12. Reservations requested.
The Twisted Tuna is making the Thanksgiving holiday easy with a variety of options for those preferring to dine out. A buffet will be held in the upstairs dining room, including salads, entrées, sides, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. The cost is $34.99 for adults and $16.99 for kids 10 and under. Reservations are required for a time of 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. only.
If a buffet is not your style, The Twisted Tuna is also offering a three-course plated special for $19.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids 10 and under, as well as the regular menu. Both are available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday while soaking in the view of Hutchinson Island’s beach. Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steaks serves coastal-inspired dishes in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.
It will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, featuring sliced turkey, homestyle green beans, Boursin mashed potatoes and all the fixings. It will also serve a pumpkin pie martini and apple pie cocktail, and pumpkin pie for dessert. Kyle G’s signature holiday menu will be available, as well. The cost for the Thanksgiving dinner, excluding drinks and dessert, is $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under. Opening hours are between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., and reservations recommended.
Manero’s is a favorite among Palm City residents, known for its prime rib and gorgonzola salad. It recently underwent a remodel, and debuted a fresh, modern look in both the dining room and bar area in March.
Its Thanksgiving menu features the classics, including turkey, honey ham, salmon, prime rib and filet mignon, accompanied by traditional side dishes. All meals come with either the signature gorgonzola salad or a fall salad, as well as dinner rolls and a choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Opening hours are from noon to 6 p.m., and reservations are recommended.
2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; 772.220.3011; maneros.com
Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at a downtown Stuart classic. Sailor’s Return will be serving a special Thanksgiving menu for lunch and dinner, as well as hosting live entertainment by Rich Wooten from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The menu features a mix of seafood-centric dishes and traditional favorites. Order jumbo lump crab cakes from the appetizer menu, roasted turkey, lamb osso bucco as an entrée, or surf and turf or the fresh catch of the day to celebrate in true coastal style. Opening hours are from noon to 8 p.m., and reservations are recommended.
The holiday season is here, and with all the baubles, glitter and lights, I chose to focus on a Thanksgiving unsung hero: relish. Most of us instantly envision cranberry, right? Well, when it comes to innovative ideas and using what is available to you, I believe Cinderella’s fairy godmother nailed it when she turned a random pumpkin into a glorious carriage. She chose the pumpkin because it was sitting right there. Might we do the same?
Florida is full of tropical fruits and adding a hint of them to your cranberry relish or axing the cranberry all together could be the beginning of a new traditional family recipe.
I find the easiest integration is the orange; in fact, my favorite relish is a raw version with a whole orange, cranberries, sugar and lime. Make this the day ahead, and you may kiss traditional canned relish goodbye. Adding a bit of ginger, mint, apples, pears or anything your palate desires can give this simple delectable relish a personal feel.
Ooo La La Relish
1 Unpeeled orange, seeds removed and sliced into six pieces
1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries
1 Cup of granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon of dark rum
1 Pinch each of cinnamon, cloves and ginger
Place half of the orange and half of the cranberries in a food processor. Remove and place in a bowl, repeat with the remaining orange and cranberry. Add the sugar, rum and spices, stirring well. Let sit a minimum of one hour. It’s best to let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
Gertrude Walden Child Care Center Provides Thanksgiving Meals For Stuart Residents In Need
Anyone counting their blessings about the quality of community in Stuart would have reached as high as 2,900 recently. That’s how many Thanksgiving meals volunteers provided for free to local families in need.
Taking place over a four-hour period a week before Thanksgiving, the 10th annual “Thanksgiving Community Feed” is organized and operated by the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center in East Stuart.
“We started it just because people were coming in looking for food,” says Thelma Washington, executive director of the center that cares for 119 students. “It started out very small, but it’s grown every year since. People are hurting and hungry.”
The meals—turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie—nourished those from surrounding neighborhoods as well as across Martin County.
Recipients could dine in or take out, and uncooked turkeys offered options for those who preferred to prepare dinner at home. Washington also included residents of Hibiscus Children’s Center, Mary’s Shelter, Safe Space and nearby charities, and made sure the homeless received hot meals—and standing invitations to return as needed.
“We can always drum up food,” she says. “I don’t believe in anybody going hungry.”
The effort gets underway days in advance. Christ Fellowship donated 80 turkeys. Jimmy Smiths Barbeque smoked up to 50 turkeys. Volunteers from Revive Church, TC3 church, the Gary Law Group and City of Stuart officials, among others, helped prepare and serve.
“We had city commissioners, police staff and code-enforcement employees participating in this important endeavor,” says Dave Ross, city manager. “But the real appreciation goes to the fantastic people from the Gertrude Walden Center and the many people who donated food and time to make sure everyone who wanted one received a meal. It is great to be able to give back to the community and to be a part of such an amazing group of people who come together for a greater good.”
Fifteen Stuart police officers participated in the effort.
“I know this side of police work means something to the community, but it also means a great deal to us as individual officers,” says Stuart Police Chief David Dyess. “Yes, you’re helping provide a much-needed Thanksgiving dinner, but hopefully it’s even more—a moment to share a smile, exchange some kind words and just connect on a person-to-person level.”
Photo courtesy of Thelma Washington
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