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October 28, 2022 – This Thanksgiving, trade in the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie for excitable takes on classic dishes from the region’s top tier restaurants (and one New Jersey hotel) including CO-OP Restaurant & Bar, Red Owl Tavern, Forsythia, The Twisted TailUrban Farmer, and Seaview Hotel & Golf Club. We’ve got the scoop on where to dine-in and take out on Thanksgiving  — plus an exciting pre-holiday entertaining event at Philly Cheese School, and pie and cordial pairings courtesy of Art in the Age.

CO-OP Restaurant & Bar, a contemporary, bright, and airy restaurant in The Study Hotel, smack between the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, has recently re-concepted with a fresh culinary focus celebrating the diverse cultures and ingredients of the Mid-Atlantic region and all-new menus from Executive Chef Kyle Berman. The University City restaurant will be offering a Thanksgiving To-Go package ($150/4-5 people) as well as dine-in menus ($50/person). CO-OP’s Thanksgiving To-Go will include all fix-ins necessary for a delicious chef-prepared meal at home for 4-5 people, including Local Roast Turkey Breast, farmhouse bread stuffing, cranberry compote, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and turkey gravy. All orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 16 by noon. Orders must be picked up on Wednesday, November 23 between 2-6 pm or Thursday, November 24 between 7-10 am. Orders can be placed by calling 215.398.1874.

For those uninterested in the extensive cooking and cleanup on Thanksgiving, Executive Chef Kyle Berman will be offering an elevated take on the classic Thanksgiving dinner at the restaurant, including local roast turkey breast, bread stuffing, cranberry compote, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, gravy, choice of soup or salad, and dessert offered from 11 am to 7 pm. Reservations can be made here.

Red Owl Tavern, the rustic New American kitchen and bar located across from Independence Hall, and newly-appointed Executive Chef Charles Vogt have an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner planned that is sure to be reminiscent of holidays spent with family and friends, but with a more modern, skillful twist.

For $65/person, guests can enjoy a three-course prix fixe with offerings including Crispy Pierogies with Kennett Square mushroom ragu, melted cipollini onions, and foie gras butter, Turkey Breast Roulade & Confit with potato purée, cranberry gastrique, crispy sage, and brown butter turkey jus, French Onion Chicken with onion fondue, cave-aged gruyère, potato purée, charred broccoli, and crispy shallots, and for dessert, Pumpkin Panna Cotta and Sweet Potato Cheesecake. Additionally, Vogt’s festive dishes are available for purchase à la carte, and children under 12 years old can select from a special tailored menu for $25/person.

Reservations can be made via OpenTable, and the full Thanksgiving menu can be found here.

Philly Cheese School, the LGBTQ+ and woman-owned business offering fun and informative classes on how to serve, pair, and enjoy cheese, is slated to host How To Build The Ultimate Cheese Board Class on TuesdayNovember 22 at 6pm, led by Cheesemonger and Philly Cheese School Founder Julia Birnbaum.

Attendees will each be given a wooden board and can then build the board to fit their tastes and desires from an expansive collection of locally-sourced cheese and a variety of accoutrements displayed in the classroom, courtesy of Birnbaum. Birnbaum will chat through each fromage and pairing, and will throw in fun and quirky surprises and additions for all in attendance.

At the conclusion of the event, guests can wrap their personalized cheese board and are encouraged to enjoy at their leisure during Thanksgiving entertaining. Tickets are available for purchase by clicking here.

Forsythia, Old City’s modern and innovative French restaurant and bar helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, has yet another superb spread planned for Thanksgiving, available as a tasting menu for takeaway — perfect for enjoying at home with loved ones on Turkey Day.

Kearse’s Thanksgiving menu is priced at $95/person, and includes fall-forward flavors and reimagined fare such Blue Crab & Sweet Potato Bisque with pumpkin creme, crab salad, and argan oil, Almond Wood Smoked Turkey Breast with foie gras gravy, Turkey Confit Stuffing with fresh fig, chestnut, sage, and Apple Cider Spiced Crumb Cake with tonic bean toffee and cranberry cremeux.

Online ordering will be available via Forsythia’s website on Tuesday, November 1. Deadline for orders is Sunday, November 20.

Pick up for Thanksgiving to-go will be on Wednesday, November 23 from 2-7 pm.

The Twisted Tail, the quintessential restaurant, bar and live music venue nestled in Headhouse Square, is channeling its bold flavors inspired by the American South in a hearty family-style dinner with something for everyone at the table.

For $55 per person, guests will enjoy shareable sides, including Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon VinaigretteCornbread StuffingHoney Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and more; plus, choice of entrée, including a Roasted Lancaster Turkey with CranberryPineapple Glazed Ham, or Honey BBQ-Glazed Salmon, among the mix, and the choice of a whole mini pie, Pumpkin, Pecan, or Apple Crumble, for dessert.

The Twisted Tail’s Thanksgiving Family Style dinner will be served from 12 pm to 10 pm Thursday, November 24.

Reservations can be made by clicking here.

UrbanFarmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, boasts all day offerings featuring an à la carte brunch menu from 7am to 2pm, a plated prix-fix three course dinner from 4pm to 9pm, and a to-go package to enjoy at home.

Guests looking to enjoy a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast, can make a brunch reservation on Thursday, November 24 and enjoy Urban Farmer’s breakfast specialties, including Short Rib Hash, Shrimp & Grits, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, a Steak Tasting, paired with classic brunch cocktails.

Urban Farmer will be offering a three-course sit-down dinner from 4-9 pm for $105/adult, $50/kids under 12. Guests will have their choice of starters, such as Short Rib CavatelliChilled Shrimp or Blue Hubbard Squash Bisque; choice of entrée, including standouts like the Pennsylvania Roasted Turkey with cider brined breast, braised leg and natural jus sage gravy, Jail Island Salmon or 1855 Farms Prime Rib; and Pecan PiePumpkin Cheesecake or Apple pie for dessert. Sides, served family-style, include Cornbread Turkey Stuffing, Brussels sprouts and house made cranberry sauce. Full menu is linked here.

Alternatively, guests can enjoy a chef-prepared Thanksgiving feast in the comfort of their own home with Urban Farmer’s Thanksgiving To-Go. The holiday package feeds 4-6 people and includes a 12-14 lb Turkey, a variety of house-made sides and a choice of apple, pumpkin or pecan pie for $190. The full to-go menu can be found here. Pre-orders can be placed here. To-Go packages must be picked up between 12-3 pm on Thursday, November 24.

For those headed down the Shore this Thanksgiving, Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, South Jersey’s quintessential turn-of-the-century seaside resort, only a 50 minute drive from Center City, is offering two dining experiences in its elegant rotunda Main Dining Room this Thanksgiving: a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 am to 5 pm for $64.95 per person and a Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm for $39.95 per person.

The Thanksgiving buffet boasts six stations for guests to enjoy, including Salads, Soup, Raw Bar, Entrée, Carving Station and Dessert. Highlights include a Cavatappi Pasta, Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque, Citrus Poached Shrimp & Crab Claws, Apple Cider Braised Short RibsHerb Crusted Whole Turkey, and more.

Guests can also enjoy an elevated multi-course sit-down dinner expertly prepared by Executive Chef Rodolfo Correa later in the evening, including four courses of elevated takes on the Thanksgiving classics, such as Spiced Butternut Squash BisqueGlazed Pulaski Ham, and choice of Pumpkin Pie or Chocolate Trilogy Cake.

Reservations for both the buffet and prix-fixe dinner can be made here or by calling 609.652.1800.

Art in the Age, Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop, is partnering up with Little Susie’s Coffee & Pies for festive pie and cordial pairings. Available for pre-order all November long for $70, both imbibers and foodies can have their pie and drink it too — Patrons can choose a Sweet or a Savory four-pack of Little Susie’s Hand Pies paired with a bottle of Art in the Age Cordial liquors, with expressions including Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial, Mountain Berry Cordial, Sierra Fig Cordial, Apple Crisp Brandy and Spiced Maple Vodka.

Online orders can be placed all through November, with pickup at the Art in the Age shop (116 N. 3rd St) on November 23.  Order now via the link here, before they’re gobbled all up.

– Madison Militello