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Thanksgiving Meal Prep – Leave it to the Pros!
11/1/2019 1:10:48 PM

Thanksgiving Meal Prep

Thanksgiving is just around the corner; a time when we take stock of where we are and what we are grateful for. Family, friends – it's a time of celebration! It is also a time time to celebrate food – turkey, dressing, ham, cakes, pies, and a banquet of delectable dishes. It's a feast that results from hours and hours of preparation: stuffing the turkey, glazing the ham, preparing sides, baking the pies . . . this holiday can cause a lot of stress in the kitchen! Unless it doesn't. Ever consider having your Thanksgiving meal catered? Several local establishments stand ready to do the work for you.

Honey B Ham and Deli. This traditional go-to offers its signature Bone-In Spiral-Cut Half Hams with a sweet, crunchy glaze and Turkey Breasts with roasted turkey gravy. Sides include the Loaded Smashed Potatoes, Potatoes Au Gratin, Creamy Russet Mashed Potatoes, Tuscan-Style Broccoli, Country Cornbread Stuffing, Double Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese, and Green Bean Casserole. For desserts, choose from Baked Cinnamon Apples and Maple Sweet Potato Souffle. They’re all available for pickup. Honey B Ham WILL be open on Thanksgiving Day. 506 E. Prien Lake Road, 337-478-3354,

Prime Butcher and Brasserie, known for their steaks, po' boys, burgers, salads, and plate lunches, will add a special Thanksgiving menu this time of year. Items from this seasonal menu will be available for pickup, as well. The restaurant will NOT be open on Thanksgiving Day. 3505 Country Club Road, 337-475-2459, or find them on Facebook.

The Bekery makes an irresistible selection of baked dishes daily – scones, cookies, muffins, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon roll bread pudding, among others. They also serve sandwiches, salads, soup, quiche, and gelato. If you have a specialty or large order for their baked goods, call 48 hours before pickup. And if there's a pie or baked dish that you would like that they don't usually make, with a special request, they just might make it for you for Thanksgiving! The Bekery will NOT be open on Thanksgiving Day. 206 W. 11th Street, 337-564-6132.

Great Harvest is a bastion of baked perfection with baskets full of seasonal favorites like Pumpkin OH! (pumpkin cream cheese roll), Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins or loaves, Cranberry Orange Bread (also available in rolls or bread pudding), Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread, and the Autumn Apple Pecan muffins or loaves. Cinnamon Burst Bread Pudding is one of their best sellers over the holidays, baked in a pan that serves 12-16 (order by Nov. 23). Rolls are also a holiday favorite. Any of their breads except sourdough can be made into a dinner roll. Try their Virginia Rolls – a buttery potato yeast roll, made even better with their homemade cinnamon or vanilla honey butter. Or try the Cheddar Garlic or Bayou Herb savory roll – a savory onion dill bread that pairs well with their homemade garlic herb spread.


We strongly recommend you pre-order early! Pre-order deadline is Nov. 23 and orders must be picked up by Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1:00 p.m. Open until 2:00 p.m., Wed., Nov. 27. Closed Thursday-Saturday for Thanksgiving. 4112 Lake St #100, Lake Charles,, 337-477-3033.

Big Easy Foods offers a plethora of prepared foods to make your Thanksgiving Day easier. They offer a Cajun Holiday Dream Box. You’ll take home a 4 lb. Turducken Roll, 1 lb. Crawfish Casserole, 14.oz Crawfish Boudin, and 14. oz Pork Boudin for $59.99. Call or see their website for more holiday deals., 337-477-9296, 3935 Ryan St, Lake Charles.

Then, there's the option of a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Opt for a meal from your favorite restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. Several establishments will be open on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Simply order on Tuesday, pick up on Wednesday, and eat on Thursday!

Or consider dining out on Thanksgiving. If you prefer not to cook, heat up a catered meal, or be a guest at a family member or friend's gathering, some area restaurants will be open for business on Thanksgiving Day.

LA Star Asian Buffet, Sushi, Hibachi Grill, and Chinese Food will be open. This restaurant will offer its signature buffet, as well as turkey on Thanksgiving Day. 3539 Ryan Street, 337-602-6070.

The three major casinos – Golden Nugget, L'Auberge Casino Resort, and Isle of Capri – will be open. Each of their buffets will offer special Thanksgiving menus. 

Eating out? Heating up? Cooking in your kitchen? There are many options for your Thanksgiving meal; the key is to enjoy and embrace this day your way. Here’s hoping your feast will be bountiful and delicious. Happy Thanksgiving!

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