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All About That Baste

With one week to go before Thanksgiving, Team ProTip plucked a few of our favorite solutions to common Thanksgiving woes and stuffed them all into this email.  Scan the list below to cherry-pick your problem, then let us solve it with a little help from our favorite food friends.  Easy as pie!

If you plan to wine and dine (and brine!) at home…

Choose from three types of turkeys at Di Bruno Bros., all available either Pre-Brined or to Brine at Home.  Whether you opt for Koch’s (a heritage breed with rich, flavorful dark meat), Jaindl’s (a lean, humanely raised specimen that has been served at the White House for the past six administrations) or Joyce Farms (available exclusively in Philadelphia from Di Bruno Bros.), you’ll want to prep your bird with one of their custom brines: choose from Herb and Garlic Butter dry brine, Sweet Cider or Savory Cajun.  Now that’s a turkey we’d like to gobble.

If you’re less DIY and more BYOB…

Why bake or brew when this city is so stacked with people who are better at it than you?  Case in point: High Street on Market baker Alex Bois will fire up Holiday Bread, Pie and Panettone orders through Monday, November 23, for pick-up on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Place your order in person during their season-finale Farmer’s Market on Saturday, November 21 and browse the farm-fresh produce. Surely you can manage to roast up some root vegetables with a cold beer in hand, courtesy of a #GobbleGobbleGrowler from Iron Hill?  They’ll offer 32-oz. and 64-oz. fills from Sunday, November 22 until Wednesday, November 25, and every one of their 11 locations will pour at least one pumpkin beer in celebration of the holiday.  You can also swing by Saint Benjamin Brewing Company for Pints, Flights and Growler Fills on Wednesday, November 25, including their autumnal Inca India Cream Ale.  With dessert – or for dessert – you’ll want another growler, this one from HubBub Coffee, where you can score their proprietary Cold Brew Coffee To Go as a complement to your panettone or the basis for a decadent ice cream float.

If you want all the food without all the cooking…

Skip the hours-long hot stove slaving and let someone else do the cooking: namely, London Grill, where a Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet loaded with seasonal favorites will be available from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  Or, if you’re really looking to escape your relatives, get out of town at The Reeds at Shelter Haven, an idyllic coastal escape where you can enjoy a Traditional Plated Thanksgiving Dinner sans all the traditional loaded political banter and polite-but-insistent inquiries about your relationship status.

If you prefer sweet to savory…

Mom always said, “Life is uncertain; eat dessert first!” We like her style, so we’re pre-ordering our goodies from Jessica Nolen’s brand-new The Little Bird Bakery & Cafe. She’s taking Thanksgiving orders now, and we will straight-up fight you for the last Caramel Bread Pudding, served with malted whipped cream and chocolate streusel.

If Turducken turns your stomach…

Indulge in a cruelty-free Thanksgiving via Miss Rachel’s Pantry, where owner Rachel Klein has Two Meatless Options available a la carte or as complete holiday feasts, prepped for pick-up or delivered to your door on Tuesday or Wednesday before the big day.  Orders are due by 12 midnight on Saturday, November 21 to be sure that your Pastry-Wrapped Harvest Roast of seitan, white beans, sage, rosemary and garlic or Gluten-Free Maple- and Sage-Glazed Tempeh-Lentil Roast with sweet and savory cranberry bread stuffing is ready in time; make it a full meal with sides such as Brussels sprouts roasted with carrots, caramelized leeks, kale and parsnips or a fresh-baked pumpkin or apple pie.

If you can’t get enough holiday cheer…

Swing back by Di Bruno Bros. after the holiday to sample The Leftover, a hearty sandwich of pulled turkey, Schnebelhorn cheese, stuffing, bacon-Brussels sprout slaw, maple-yam spread and cranberry relish on kale focaccia.  It’s available all month long at most of their locations, and it’s ideal holiday shopping fuel for Black Friday shopping.  Reward yourself after a successful outing with Black Beers and Wines at Tria and Tria Taproom, on special all evening long.

In This ProTip:

Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street, 267-909-8814)

Di Bruno Bros. (five locations across greater Philadelphia)

High Street on Market (308 Market Street, 215-625-0988)

HubBub Coffee (three locations across greater Philadelphia)

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (11 locations in PA, DE and NJ)

The Little Bird Bakery & Cafe (517 South 5th Street, 267-519-2312)

London Grill (2301-03 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545)

Miss Rachel’s Pantry (1732 West Passyunk Avenue, 215-798-0053)

Saint Benjamin Brewing Company (1710 North 5th Street, 215-232-4305)

The Reeds at Shelter Haven (9601 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ; 609-368-0100)

Tria (multiple locations across Philadelphia)

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