Most eyes might be on Festive menus and Christmas cocktails this time of year, but if you are American or have links to the USA and Canada, you’re more likely to be focussed on Thursday 25th November.
The biggest day of the year over the pond is a whole month before Christmas where friends, family and loved ones gather together to tuck into a very special Thanksgiving dinner. What better way to celebrate the harvest and be thankful for the good things that have happened over the past year than by putting marshmallows on mashed sweet potato and calling it a casserole….
Anyway, if you’re up for squeezing in another full turkey dinner and some traditional American fayre before Christmas, here’s where you can fill your boots in Manchester. Thankful? You’re welcome.
What, When and Where? – Soul food at The Blues Kitchen, 25th November
How much? - £25.95 per person.
Starter and main dishes are for the table to share. Begin with a hearty smoked chicken & sausage gumbo (or veggie okra and red pepper gumbo), a staple in the Southern Louisiana diet with origins from West Africa.
For mains, a banquet of Buttermilk Fried Turkey with bacon gravy, smoky chorizo & corn bread stuffing, creamy and stringy mac ‘n’ cheese and green bean cassoulet topped with crispy onions, or pine nut & pistachio nut roast with mushroom gravy. What better way to finish than a perfectly sweet and savoury pumpkin pie with toasted marshmallows.
End the night on a high with live performances from 9:45pm, from Blues’ world-famous band filling the room American blues, funk, soul & rock n roll.
Click HERE to book
What, When and Where? - The limited-edition Thanksgiving menu at Hard Rock Cafe from November 25th to 28th.
How much? You could have the whole lot for around £33
Hard Rock Café’s Thanksgiving Menu features a trio of treats including a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner of slow-roasted turkey breast, fresh roast vegetables, home-style classic stuffing, creamy sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce and traditional turkey gravy (£15.95) Pudding is a slice of classic pumpkin pie topped with caramel sauce and house-made whipped cream (£6.50) which you can then round off with an Espresso Martini made with Grey Goose vodka, Kahlua, freshly-brewed espresso shaken until frothy and chilled (£10.60)
What’s more, there’s a fantastic pre-booked bundle - book two Thanksgiving Dinners and they’ll throw in a free pumpkin pie.
To reserve a table, click HERE
What, When and Where? Seasonal supper club in the private dining room at Ducie Street Warehouse, 6.30pm on Friday 26th November
How much? £75 per person with the option to add on a curated cocktail menu at £25pp
Yes, well ok, this one might not strictly be in honour of Thanksgiving, but this one-off Supper Club at the Warehouse is bringing people together for a worthy cause, to support Eat Well MCR, which has now delivered more than 50,000 meals across Greater Manchester to people side-lined by poverty – now THAT’S reason to be thankful.
Only 18 places are available at this exclusive evening, showcasing an exciting six-course menu collaboration from DSW’s Head Chef Andrew Green and Chef Mary-Ellen McTague of The Creameries in Chorlton. After a welcome drink, each course will showcase the best local producers including smoked salmon from Manchester Smokehouse and locally grown veg. Tuck into a main course of roast goose with truffle gravy and finish with a silky caramel tart as well as snacks and intermediate courses.
Ticket sales will raise funds to provide chef-made meals for economically disadvantaged adults and children around Greater Manchester. Native Manchester and Ducie Street Warehouse will donate funds for 500 meals to this cause.
Book your tickets online here
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