Thanksgiving Grazing—Done Three Ways

Carmine's Thanksgiving meal.

Carmine’s Thanksgiving meal.

You guessed it: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Yet I’m not altogether traditional when it comes to the Thanksgiving spread in my home. You won’t always see roast turkey, cranberry sauce or platters of casserole-esque dishes on my table. I mix things up from year to year, but no matter what is served, it’s the company for which I am most grateful. However you choose to celebrate this year, here are a few more options to consider:

For Thanksgiving grazing, the buffet is a central trough from which to select your choices and repeat as often as your heart desires. Zeffirino Ristorante (in The Venetian, offers a Thanksgiving buffet with a vast selection of choices from the cold and hot stations featuring Italian cured meats, smoked salmon, shrimp salad, tuna terrine, cheese ravioli in pink tomato sauce, apple and chestnut stuffing and mashed potatoes, along with a carving station serving turkey and roast beef tenderloin. For dessert, choose from assorted cakes, traditional pudding and pumpkin pie. This buffet-style menu is available from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and is priced at $50 per person and $25 for children.

If you want to stay at home but prefer to stay out of the kitchen, Carmine’s (in the Forum Shops at Caesars, will do it for you with a turkey feast complete with all of the trimmings. The traditional Thanksgiving meal includes an 18-pound roasted turkey, sausage and sage stuffing, house-made cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, sautéed string beans, baby carrots with fresh dill, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup and mashed potatoes with giblet gravy. I mean, can we get any more traditional than this? For dessert, guests can delight in pumpkin, apple or pecan pie. The dinner is priced at $250.  Of course, if you want to dine in, Carmine’s welcomes you to do that, too. This meal serves up to eight.

If you’re into a no-fuss a la carte meal in a casual dining spot, Hash House a Go Go (multiple locations, offers an eclectic selection of traditional feast items as well as twists on Thanksgiving standards. Choose from roasted turkey breast with homemade mashed potatoes, rosemary gravy, old-school stuffing, carrots, baby green beans, grilled corn on the cob, cranberry sauce, a big ol’ turkey potpie and pumpkin bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. And to toast Thanksgiving, try the Huckleberry Sin cocktail. Thanksgiving service begins at 10 a.m.

So, how will I celebrate Thanksgiving at my home? I’ve decided to spare Tom Turkey this year. Highlights will include cioppino with crusty San Francisco sourdough bread, homemade chicken potpie, Julia Child’s boeuf Bourguignon, fall harvest salad and Brussels sprouts with anchovy butter. Yes, nothing goes together, but that’s why there will be a different a wine for each dish.