Since this year has been stressful enough, we’re giving you permission to cater Thanksgiving dinner. That’s right, there’s no shame in the game of picking up food, putting it in your own dishes and declaring it a festive meal. Not only do you get to skip out on the hours of shopping, prep and cooking (not to mention scrubbing pots and pans after everyone’s done eating), it’s also a great way to support local restaurants and caterers whose businesses may be struggling.

Of course, some of us may actually enjoy the cooking part of Thanksgiving (myself included) but for those who find it to be a chore, remind yourself that if you bring in a ready-made meal that just means more time you get to spend with the kids, playing outside, watching football or just relaxing.

Here are some of the places that will fulfill your order for Turkey Day!

Calandra's
Calandra’s

Restaurants:

Blend on Main – Manasquan

Blend’s Thanksgiving to-go menu can serve two people for $99 or 10-12 folks for $399. Meals include an 18-pound turkey, sausage stuffing, sweet potato casserole, truffle potato puree, green bean casserole, butternut squash soup and more. Desserts include apple, pecan and pumpkin pie. Orders must be received by Sunday, November 22 for curbside pickup.

Calandra’s – Fairfield
The beloved family-owned Cucina Calandra’s is offering a full Thanksgiving catering package featuring slow-roasted turkey with gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, roasted rosemary and garlic potatoes, Calandra’s bakery pie (pictured above), and so much more.  Click here for the catering menu and call (973) 575-7720 to place your order.

Kitchen Step – Jersey City

This neighborhood bistro has your sides covered! Choose from yummy pre-cooked options including bacon roasted Brussel sprouts, sourdough & sweet sausage stuffing and fontina & scallion cornbread, to name a few. All orders must be placed by November 22 and will be ready for pickup Thanksgiving Day from 10 am-12 pm.

Maritime Parc – Jersey City

This Jersey City restaurant thinks you’ve done enough cooking during quarantine! They’re offering a full Thanksgiving dinner and you can add on appetizers, wine pairings, batch cocktails (with a choice of vodka or bourbon) and even a festive floral centerpiece. Place orders by November 22.

Prospector’s Steakhouse & Saloon – Mount Laurel

The Thanksgiving spread from this country saloon is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. A feast for 10 will run you $239 while dinner for five costs $129. Dinner includes turkey, gravy, ham, cranberries, salad, potatoes, yams, rolls, veggies, and apple or pumpkin pie. Orders must be in by 5 pm on Wednesday, November 25, for pickup between 10 am-5 pm Thanksgiving Day.

Seaview, a Dolce Hotel – Galloway

The main dining room of the Seaview will be preparing a fabulous take-home Thanksgiving meal. Their festive spread serves 6-8 people for $250. Orders can be placed now by calling 609-652-1800. All orders must be placed by Friday, November 20 and can be picked up on Wednesday, November 25 between 11 am and 9 pm.

Stage House Tavern – Mountainside

Stage House Tavern provides everything you need for a complete Thanksgiving dinner package, priced by size. Your food will come in disposable containers that you can reheat the food in. Meals include turkeys, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, bread, cranberry sauce and a choice of pumpkin or apple pie. All orders must be placed by noon on November 17 and can be picked up Thanksgiving Day between 11 am-noon.

Catering:

B&M Market – Park Ridge

This gourmet market is offering everything from hors d’oeuvres and soups to ready-to-cook turkeys so you’ll have plenty to satisfy your hungry crew. B&M even offers other meats for those who aren’t turkey fans. Get the “In-Law Special,” a complete meal to drop off to your parents if they are social distancing this year. Free delivery for orders over $300 on Wednesday, November 25 from 1-9 pm. Place orders by November 20.

Best of Everything Gourmet – Ridgewood

This gourmet deli and catering company has Thanksgiving covered for you with a complete meal that gives you lots of choices when it comes to sides and dessert. A complete dinner will run you $289 (serves 10 people). Pickups will be Thanksgiving Day from 10 am-1:30 pm. They ask that you place your order as soon as possible!

Feast Catering – Westfield

Feast’s Thanksgiving dinner for four includes turkey, soup, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, bread, and pie. You can also purchase a la carte entrees including turkey or ham, soups and hors d’oeuvres. Orders must be placed by Friday, November 20 and can be picked up on Wednesday, November 25.

Fridge2Table – Princeton

Margo Allen-Carner and husband Sean Carner are the chefs and owners of Fridge2Table, a local meal delivery service that provides healthy, delicious and balanced meals to the greater-Princeton area. They’ve got your side dishes covered for Thanksgiving – choose 4 from their list of yummy options for $200 (that feeds 5-7 people). You can also purchase a charcuterie board or wine pairings. Place orders by 11 am Sunday, November 22. Orders will be delivered Wednesday, November 25.

Fridge2Table
Fridge2Table

Jacques Exclusive Catering – Hazlet

This caterer and event space is offering a special Thanksgiving menu including a turkey (or ham or both) plus sides such as a vegetable platter, stuffed shells or manicotti, candied yams, string beans almandine, bread and sausage stuffing and more. Dessert options include apple or pumpkin pie or cheesecake. Orders can be picked up or delivered on Thanksgiving eve or Day.

Lucy’s Kitchen and Market – Princeton

Lucy’s will provide you with all the traditional Thanksgiving items but it’s their special dishes like cider gravy and cranberry-orange relish that will truly delight your family. Choose from Thanksgiving dinner for two or small, medium or large turkeys with sides a la carte. Don’t miss the special desserts including chocolate bourbon pecan pie. The deadline to order is November 22, but if you want a turkey, place your order sooner.

Maddalena’s Cheese Cake & Catering – Ringoes

Maddalena’s traditional holiday meal includes turkey, stuffing, vegetables, potatoes and more. Choose from the family package at $35.99 a person or a la carte options. Just be sure to save room for Maddalena’s famous pumpkin or vanilla cheesecake or apple crumb pie. Orders must be placed by Thursday, November 19.

Market Basket – Franklin Lakes

Choose from traditional Thanksgiving foods a la carte or order a complete Thanksgiving dinner ($185 for 4-6 people, $325 for 10 people, additional fees for more). This full-service caterer can even make you a turkey-shaped cake which is sure to be the pièce de résistance of the party. Market Basket is closed Thanksgiving Day, so arrange to pick up your order on November 24 or November 25.

Pierrot Catering – Andover

Pierrot is offering a complete meal for 10 guests for $255 which makes it easy to host a Thanksgiving gathering at home. All turkeys will arrive carved along stuffing, rolls, vegetables, mashed potatoes and cranberry compote. A la carte items include turkey, ham, vegetables, soup, lasagna, rolls and more. Orders must be placed by Saturday, November 21 for pickup Thanksgiving Day 9 am-12 pm. No modifications, please.

 

National chains:

Bob Evans – Their Thanksgiving Celebration Family Meal serves up to six people.

Boston Market – Enjoy pre-made Thanksgiving dinners that are heat and serve.

Maggiano’s – Check out the catering and carry-out Turkey Day options from this popular chain. Orders must be placed by 8 pm the night before pickup.

Marie Callender’s – Order holiday feasts and pies for a socially distanced Thanksgiving meal at home.

Grocery stores:

The Cottage – Jersey City

Their Thanksgiving meal serves 4-6 people for $249 and one meal will be donated to a person in need for each family meal purchased.

Kings Food Markets – Multiple locations

Kings offers many options for Thanksgiving spreads this year. Meal packages serve from six up to 16 guests and are accompanied by stuffing, potatoes, pie and more. Contact your local store for ordering information.

Morton Williams Marketplace – Jersey City

This awesome supermarket is ready to cater your Thanksgiving dinner with packaged meals that include three choices of side dishes. All orders must be placed by Monday, November 23 to be picked up on Thanksgiving.

Shoprite – Multiple Locations

Shoprite’s Friendsgiving Feast serves 15 guests and includes two entrees, six sides and apple pie for $149.99. Contact your local store for ordering information.

Whole Foods

If you’re not planning to cook, reserve your Thanksgiving dinner for easy in-store pickup. Then just reheat, pour the wine and serve!

Online ordering:

Fresh Direct

Harry & David

Nueske’s

Omaha Steaks

William Sonoma

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