A Thanksgiving escape

love-opera-victoria-bakerEvery Thanksgiving my nerves are on edge as I fear the crazy lines at the supermarket, the thought of cooking all day and then washing up after.

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and spending time with family, I’m just not big on all the other stuff that goes along with it. Maybe if I was a great cook I’d feel differently, but since standing in front of a hot stove all day is my version of torture you can imagine how I feel.

Recently I’ve noticed a trend: going out for Thanksgiving. I love the idea of celebrating the holiday at a fancy restaurant. Let the professionals take care of everything so we can sit back and enjoy it. I know for some that’s the antithesis of Thanksgiving, but I love the idea.

This Thanksgiving, the midtown Manhattan Hotel “The Iroquois” and their signature restaurant “Triomphe” will be coming to the rescue of people like myself who simply don’t have the time or the inclination to cook. The restaurant specializes in fresh and healthy Franco-American cuisine and their new “Turkey on the Run” menu promises to deliver in more ways than one.

This specialty menu offers a shortened version of the restaurant’s four-course prix fixe and the handcrafted meals will be packed in disposable containers to be easily heated and served. The four-course prix fixe menu includes items such as escargot de Bourgogne with hazelnut garlic butter and wine pairing to start, followed by a chestnut soup with crème fraiche and caramelized bosc pear, all this as a warm up to the main dish of cider brined heritage turkey with dried fruit stuffing, roasted yams, root vegetables, traditional gravy and cranberry chutney.

This menu runs at $90 for two, $160 for four and $300 for eight which includes an entire turkey. You can take it home and tell your guests you made it yourself. You won’t be tired from all that cooking and therefore have more energy to focus on enjoying your family, which after all is the only thing that matters. There’s more information at Iroquoisny.com/triomphe

Of course, if you want to keep things very local there’s always Relais & Chateaux French Restaurant “Thomas Henkelmann” at the Homestead Inn in Greenwich. They haven’t posted any Thanksgiving menu on their website yet, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for it.

I have not tried Thomas Henkelmann’s myself but I’ve heard rave reviews and of course being part of the elite “Grande Tables du Monde” Association is a trusted sign of exceptional quality. Click on Homesteadinn.com for more.

I don’t know what I’m doing for Thanksgiving just yet. But if I’m able to do it without spending the day in the kitchen…well, that’s just one more thing to be thankful for.


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]


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