Life is stressful enough, so this year, 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.
Of course, some of us may actually enjoy the cooking part of Thanksgiving 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!
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, mashed potatoes, Calandra’s bakery pie (pictured above), and so much more. Click here for the catering menu and call (973) 226-8889 ext. 3 to place your order by November 23.
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 $279 while dinner for five costs $149. Dinner includes turkey, gravy, ham, cranberries, salad, potatoes, yams, rolls, veggies, and apple or pumpkin pie. Orders must be in by 5 pm on Tuesday, November 23, for pickup between 10 am-4 pm Thanksgiving Day.
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 19 and can be picked up Thanksgiving Day between 11 am-noon.
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. Delicious desserts are provided by A Little Cake Bakery. Free delivery for orders over $500 on Wednesday, November 24 from 1-9 pm. Place orders by November 19.
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 are now closed for Thanksgiving 2021.
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 hors d’oeuvres covered for the holiday. Pick 4 items @ $22/person or pick 6 items @ $29/person. Please not that hors d’oeuvres catering is for a minimum of 15 people.
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 21, 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 $38.50 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 18.
Market Basket – Franklin Lakes
Choose from traditional Thanksgiving foods a la carte or order a complete Thanksgiving dinner ($229 for 4-6 people, $350 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 23 or November 24.
Pierrot Catering – Andover
Pierrot is offering a complete meal for 10 guests for $279 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 20 for pickup Thanksgiving Day 9 am-12 pm. No modifications, please.
Bob Evans – Their Farmhouse Feast serves up to 10 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.
The Cottage – Jersey City
Their Thanksgiving meal serves 6-8 people for $325.
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 22 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. Contact your local store for ordering information.
If you’re not planning to cook, reserve your Thanksgiving dinner for easy in-store pickup. Then just reheat, pour the wine and serve!