Five local eats and drinks for a blessed Thanksgiving dinner
By Brooke Carbo / Weekender editor
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at 12:01 AM
With the shopping days till Thanksgiving winding down, hosts and hostesses striving to be the mostest are shifting from planning to prepping to full-on panic mode. Don’t let the visions of charred turkey, red wine spills and politics at the table steal your holiday cheer. We’ve got five simple, scrumptious tips for a stress-free dinner so you can put the thanks into Thanksgiving.
BAKE ME A PIE
The take-and-bake menu at Fayetteville Pie Company will have guests thinking you were born with a rolling pin in your hand. The Rowan Street lunch spot is taking pre-orders now and unbaked pies can be picked up through Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
On the menu is the Gobbler Cobbler, described as “a Thanksgiving day feast in a pie,” and the Toffee Caramel Pumpkin Pie featuring spiced pumpkin, pecans and a ginger snap cookie crust. Check out the full Thanksgiving menu at facebook.com/faypieco.
WINE ABOUT IT
Should you serve white or red with turkey? What after-dinner drink will go with grandma’s pecan pie? If you don’t know, give thanks for the Wine Cafe.
The downtown wine shop will help you select the ideal pairings for your menu. Or stop by Friday between 6 and 8:30 p.m. for a holiday wine tasting featuring vintages handpicked for Thanksgiving dinner. Tasting is $5, no registration required. Call 779-2766 for more details.
Whether you prefer it sliced on an hors d’oeuvre tray or baked in a cheesecake, Southern Whey is the place for cheese. The downtown Southern Pines grocer specializes in unique and hard-to-find goods, including a rotating stock of local and community-sourced meats, spreads, chocolates, honey and, of course, cheese.
This weekend, Southern Whey is hosting two tastings of locally sourced cheese. Stop by today between 3 and 6 p.m. and sample the signature cheddars and other products from Grafton Village, then return on Saturday between 1 and 3 p.m. to try the new “Goat Berries” holiday cheeseball and other creamy treats from Paradox Farms. Call 910-692-6329 for more information.
Speaking of eating local, make plans to stock up on locally sourced produce during City Market at the Museum on downtown Franklin Street. You’ll have a whole other reason to brag about your green bean casserole, seven-layer salad and sweet potato pie. The year-round market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Or head to the Columbus County Community Farmers Market, where you can try before you serve thanks to the collards and cornbread tasting Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
To really save yourself some stress, leave the cooking (and cleanup) to the professionals. The Thanksgiving buffet at Hilltop House in Haymount will please even the pickiest dinner guest with a spread of turkey, ham, prime rib, chicken and a smorgasbord of tempting sides, salads and desserts. Call 484- 6699 for reservations.
Or celebrate early with a Friendsgiving at Scrub Oaks. The Ramsey Street restaurant is celebrating Wednesday with drink specials, appetizers, games and more.