GrabGR’s Thanksgiving Local Prep Guide

It’s official: the first snowfall in Grand Rapids happened this weekend! And it isn’t a coincidence we are actually upon the winter holidays; regardless of the unusually warmer weather we have been experiencing this November.

I’m sure Thanksgiving has been on your brain lately considering Turkey Day is less than a week away but maybe you still need some ideas for sourcing the goodies you plan on placing on your table this Thursday. There are so many local businesses that can help us with our Thanksgiving food and drink prep or provide us with a bit less prep time with meal options we can pick up and bring to our families.

Read below for my list of some businesses and establishments you can count of for all your local Thanksgiving preparations.

To set the Table:

  • Art of the Table – This lovely shop on Wealthy Street is home to any and all items you may need to spruce up your dining table for this food-filled holiday. Purchase everything from cheese trays to seasonal decor to linen napkins to complete your table.
Photo Courtesy of Art of the Table

Photo Courtesy of Art of the Table

  • Under the Vines – This retail shop in East Hills has one of the largest selections of Michigan wines, Michigan themed gifts, clothing and specialty food items you can add to your table this year.
Photo courtesy of Under the Vines

Photo courtesy of Under the Vines

Libations:

  • Gray Skies Distillery – The newest distillery on Ottawa Ave. downtown that crafts small batch traditional spirits released two limited editions this past week: Michigan Single Malt Whiskey and Apple Brandy. Pick up one of these beauties for some festive cocktails to go with the big meal.
Photo Courtesy of Gray Skies Distillery

Photo Courtesy of Gray Skies Distillery

  • G.B. Russo & Son – For 111 years, G.B. Russo & Son has been serving the West Michigan community and have had plenty of time to curate thousands of international and local wines for your selection. G.B. Russo & Son also offer a nice selection of gourmet gift baskets if you’re feeling a little less prep and a little more “ready to go” this Thanksgiving.
Photo Courtesy of G.B. Russo and Son

Photo Courtesy of G.B. Russo and Son

Main Course:

  • Louise Earl Butcher – Located on Wealthy Street in Uptown, Louise Earl sources naturally raised animals (no hormones or antibiotics) from local farms. This butchery has been making quite a splash with their large selection of offerings from salmon spread to sausages (verde is my personal fave) and quite a bit of hand-selected accompaniments. This holiday, you can order your whole Turkey ($3.50lb, ranging from 14-20lb) or something smaller like Guinea Fowl, Quail, and Cornish Hens and you can even purchase a handmade brine kit to along with your bird! The shop is open this Monday (normally closed) to accommodate shoppers in need of Thanksgiving supplies. Check out their Facebook page and website for more information.
Photo Courtesy of Louise Earl Butcher

Photo Courtesy of Louise Earl Butcher

  • Fish Lads – Not so into the traditional bird or fowl for Thanksgiving? No problem! Fish lads has you covered. Located in the Downtown Market, you can find quality fish and seafood delights like scallops, wild shrimp, sea urchins, and locally smoked products (#salmonjerky anyone?). Stock up on some anchovies or oysters for an amazing appetizer and get your main course choice of fish or perhaps some Dungeness crab legs for the holidays!
Photo Courtesy of Fish Lads

Photo Courtesy of Fish Lads

  • Making Thyme Kitchen – The name says it all: this kitchen creates pre-packaged ready-to-cook dinner entrées (whole foods and meats) and ready-to-eat, sides and salads from their deli. Located on Ionia Avenue downtown (also have a shop in the Downtown Market), you can stop in and pickup all the fixins’ without so much as heating up a few items and plating the delicious appetizers, sides and entrées. I’d say that’s pretty stress free for us busy-bodies and perhaps not so kitchen-inclined.

Dessert:

  • Mokaya Chocolates – A chocolate boutique on Wealthy Street offering artisan chocolates and confections has been bringing GR sweet, rich delicacies since this spring. And who wouldn’t want a little sweet, visually stunning treat for dessert this season? Mokaya has extended the Thanksgiving order deadline to today (shop hours: 12pm-5pm) and you can choose off the menu below. Or you can stop in anytime before Thursday to pick up an adorable gift package of available chocolately treats to bring the family or host of your holiday dinner. Maybe try a hot chocolate to warm you up while you’re in the shop collecting your goodies?
Photo Courtesy of Mokaya

Photo Courtesy of Mokaya

  • D’arts Donuts – Handcrafted donuts made in Eastown, this shop has some awesome flavors to offer for a unique and tasty dessert option for the whole fam. Some of their classic flavors include: Lemon Berry, Maple Bacon, Pumpkin Spice with Cream Cheese Icing, Nutella and Pumpkin Cheesecake. I’d say there are plenty of Thanksgiving flavors to try this Thursday! You can stop in (or call) anytime on Wednesday to pick up an order from 6:30am – 6pm.
Photo Courtesy of D'arts Donuts

Photo Courtesy of D’arts Donuts

  • Nantucket Bakery – Located in Midtown, Nantucket specializes in European Artisan Breads, Cakes and Tortes, Cheesecakes and many other sweet treats. If you are looking for an artisan loaf of bread or rolls to accompany the meal you can certainly buy those here as well. All of the specialty cakes and pastries do require a 48 hour window and if you are ordering on the Thanskgiving specific list below, make sure to get your cake order in today by 4pm or pie order in tomorrow by 4pm.
Photo Courtesy of Nantucket Bakery

Photo Courtesy of Nantucket Bakery

One-stop Option:

  • The Downtown Market – You can literally get everything from the appetizers to that fantastic bottle of wine that goes with all your savory and sweet dishes including that pie and cheese board you bought for dessert. Some businesses that should be on you radar:
    • Sweetie-licous Bakery – If you want a delicious, award-winning pie – Sweetie-licious Bake Shoppe is the place to get it!
    • Aperitivo – Need a little more inspiration for those appetizers and the perfect bottle of wine to pair with the whole meal? Aperitivo has got you covered on international cheese, meats, wine and beer!
    • Field and Fire Bread Co. – Enjoy hand-crafted whole loaf breads, a variety of grain-fueled baked goods, specialty croissants and treats like pain du chocolate (um, yes please).
    • bokay Flower Market – This shop is part of Eastern Floral and you can pick up everything from a beautiful floral arrangement or exotic flower for your centerpiece and some chic candles to set the holiday mood.

Whatever your tastes are this Thanksgiving, rest assured there are clearly plenty of options left to fill your table with savory, sweet and comforting dishes and drinks for Thursday! How are you prepping for this food-filled holiday? Anything particular you are thankful for this year? I’d love to know! Comment below. 🙂

As always, thanks for reading and have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

 

Comments

comments

Never miss a new post from GrabGR!

You have Successfully Subscribed!