Thanksgiving is around the bend and for many of us that usually means hours of cooking and preparing food for family and friends. If you’re in town visiting Tahoe, shopping and cooking can be a daunting experience. How does one make the most of Thanksgiving in a small, mountain town? One recommendation: Keep it simple.
Here are some ideas how to carve up your meal strategy for Thanksgiving. Plan on cooking at home for your holiday? Here are some tips on where to shop and order meat, produce and sides for your Thanksgiving dinner. And, there are plenty of ways to keep your meal healthy, local and sustainable, too.
New Moon Natural Foods in Tahoe City and Truckee sells organic turkeys. Customers interested in buying turkeys need to call and order at least a week ahead of time. They also have an array of organic produce for your holiday sides and desserts. | newmoonnaturalfoods.com
Mountain Valley Meats in Truckee also offers an array of organic, natural and humanely raised turkeys. In addition to a wide variety of meats and cheeses, the shop hosts a multitude of sides. They prepare their sausage in house for stuffing and, this year, they are featuring a maple bourbon sage sausage and red wine Italian sausage. The market also carries brine kits and bags, and sides like roasted carrot and parsnip puree, Brussels sprouts and bacon and homemade pies for dessert. | truckeebutchershop.com
If seafood is what you’re yearning for at your Thanksgiving dinner table, check out Morgan’s Fish Market in Truckee with beautiful selections of fresh fish and seafood. | morganslobstershack.com
Doing the shopping
Shopping at Safeway, Raley’s or Save Mart for the holiday? If you arrive a few days before the weekend, it’s a busy time at the supermarket. The best times to shop are early in the morning or late at night. If you want to avoid the stores altogether, there are also a number of professional shoppers in the area that can fulfill your shopping order and brave the markets on your behalf. Tahoe To Your Door can do all of your shopping for you and serves the North Tahoe area. | tahoetoyourdoor.com
Hey Chef also offers shopping services. Both companies ask for 48 hours advance notice, but can help if you get stuck.
Hire a chef
Not interested in cooking? Hire a personal chef or cook. Tahoe has a number of talented, health-conscious cooks that can prepare your dinner either at your home or they can drop it off. Think turkey, trimmings and dessert made to order while you and your family ski all day and come home to a fully prepared Thanksgiving dinner. Hey Chef is a full-service culinary concierge and can fulfill all of your holiday needs including preparing those nostalgic recipes from your childhood. | hefchef.com
A few additional local businesses providing chef services are Jauquin’s Personal Chef Services , Red Truck owner Larry Abney and The Seasoned Sage. Each of these companies offers a wide selection of delicious meals delivered or prepared in your home for the holiday season.
From left, Patty Williams, Theresa Heath and Gaylene Asmus from Hey Chef. | Courtesy Hey Chef
If you don’t want to cook or clean up or have chefs in the house, head to one of the many local restaurants in Tahoe serving traditional Thanksgiving Dinners including at Squaw Valley’s High Camp, The River Ranch, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Jakes on the Lake, Gar Woods, The Lodge at Tahoe Donner, and Resort at Squaw Creek. Please check if your favorite restaurant is open on Thanksgiving Day.
Whatever you choose do to this holiday season, enjoy spending time with friends and family in Tahoe.
Priya Hutner is a writer, health and wellness consultant, and natural foods chef. Her business, The Seasoned Sage, focuses on wellness, conscious eating and healthy living. She offers healthy organic meals for her clients. She may be reached at [email protected] or visit theseasonedsage.com.