Thanksgiving California-style

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No matter where you grew up, the Thanksgiving holiday season conjures up culinary images of roasted pumpkin or winter squash, pomegranate, persimmon, and hearty root vegetables. Living in Southern California — where seasons seem to bleed into one another much more subtly — we hit the produce jackpot at this time of year! Not only can we get all these fall classics available at any number of local farmer’s markets, but because our climate is still so warm, we get to enjoy many other fruits and veggies that other parts of the United States may not have the access to in autumn. Browse the market and you’ll find lovely and flavorful summer squash alongside the butternuts and kabochas, the ripe, sweet and tart pomegranates next to yellow nectarines, and colorful peppers and tomatillos from the same farm as late-season heirloom tomatoes! It seems crazy, but that’s one of the advantages of living here.

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Because local, seasonal produce is such an important part of our food philosophy at foodink catering + grocerie marketplace, the abundance and variety of produce available right now can also be seen in the dishes we prepare, both in the dishes served in our cafe, and on the customized menus for our client’s events! In addition to our full service catering options for your holiday parties, we are also offering pre-made Thanksgiving feasts for pick up and delivery through our gourmet2go service! The prix fixe bags, which are $45/person (with a 4 person minimum) are loaded up with our brand of California-touched holiday classics: turkey breast roasted with citrus, traditional cranberry sauce livened up with pomegranate, gravy spiked with chardonnay, a buttery brioche stuffing with apple and sage, creamy, hand-whipped potatoes, a sweet potato and garnet yam medley topped with ginger marshmallows, green beans with shiitake mushrooms, madeira cream sauce and crispy shallots, and your choice of deep-dish apple pie OR a butter lettuce salad with fresh pears, goat cheese, and pecans. We also have to-go options for drink infusions, vegetarian/vegan dishes, and plenty of other festive goodies that you can peruse HERE on our gourmet2go Thanksgiving menu!

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In this season of thanks, we are thankful for the beautiful bounty of produce from living in Southern California. We are thankful for the food on our tables and for the opportunity to help with the food on yours and become part of your family’s Thanksgiving celebration!

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