Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year with many families not traveling to be together as they normally would.
CDC guidelines recommend avoiding gatherings. If families are still planning to gather for the holidays, the CDC recommends being outdoors if possible, in small groups with everyone maintaining 6 feet of distance and wearing masks.
Connecticut recommends conducting pre-screening, having no more than 10 people at private residential gatherings, limiting attendants to your local area and using disposable items.
If traveling out of state for the holidays, Connecticut recommends having a COVID-19 test 72 hours before arriving to your destination and limiting contact with other people for 14 days after returning home. If staying within Connecticut, quarantining 14 days prior and 14 days after is recommended even if you receive a negative test result.
Check Connecticut’s Travel Advisory to see if your destination is on the list. If so, travelers are required to fill out a travel form and quarantine themselves for 14 days. As always, if feeling sick, everyone should stay home even if planning to travel within Connecticut.
Some families that are gathering or staying home may want to skip cooking dinner this year and several area restaurants are offering whole Thanksgiving meals and desserts.
The Food Crate – CT – This Connecticut based business is selling two different “crates.” One is a Holiday Ham Gift Crate including two sides for $130. The other is a Complete Holiday Turkey Crate with several sides for $259 and free shipping for both. Pre-orders are accepted until 11/22 for shipment between 11/19-11/23.
Que Whiskey – 461 Queen St., Southington – Que Whiskey will be selling whole smoked turkeys for $49 or a complete turkey dinner for $119 including a bottle of wine. The complete meal serves 6-8 people. Preorders are taken until 11/24 and orders must be picked up between 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. on scheduled pick up day.
Wise Guys – 994 W. Main St. Meriden – This pizzeria and deli will be selling single person Thanksgiving meals for $23.95 with ½ lb of turkey, the choice of soup or salad, up to three sides, cranberry sauce, gravy and a dessert. All dinners must be ordered, paid for, and picked up at the scheduled time by the day before Thanksgiving. Call 203-440-9333 to place orders.
Nataz Restaurant – 28 N. Main St., Southington – Nataz is also serving single person meals for the holiday. Plates are $20 per person with a two order minimum. Dinners include turkey and ham, with potatoes, vegetables and dressing. Pick up is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Call 860-276-3434 to place your order.
Laskara Restaurant – 295 Parker Farms Road, Wallingford – The Mediterranean restaurant is selling complete dinners for up to 12 people ranging from $56 to $264. Dinners include turkey with various choices of sides, dessert for $11 and a choice of wine for an additional $7. Place orders at 203-679-0844.
Meriden Republicans – Looking for five Meriden families in need, the Meriden Republican Town Committee is giving away turkey baskets with a turkey and sides. Contact MeridenRTCSEC@gmail.com to nominate who and say why. Families will be chosen 11/19 and contacted after.
Taino Prime – 1388 E. Main St., Meriden – The steakhouse is offering a turkey dinner with several sides and pumpkin pie for dessert. The plates are $32 per person and orders must be picked up the day before Thanksgiving. Email Thanksgiving@tainoprime.com with name, phone number, number of people and time and location for pickup to order.
Rogers Orchards – 2875 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, and 336 Long Bottom Road, Southington – Both locations of the bakery have fresh produce, pies and dairy products. Preorder pies the week of 11/15 – 11/21 and pick up on 11/24 and 11/25.
Lewis Farms – 384 Belleview Ave., Southington – The farm’s bake shop is taking pre-orders for dozens of flavors of pies including apple, apple nut caramel and pumpkin. All orders must be paid for before pick up days on 11/24-11/26. To place your order call 860-628-9736 or visit the store.
Lyman Orchards – 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield – Bring home Lyman Orchards 8-inch, 9-inch, and 10-inch award winning pies for Thanksgiving including apple, cherry and pumpkin. The last day to order is Friday 11/20 and pick is the day before Thanksgiving.
Mr. D’s – 50 N. Main St., Wallingford – This ice cream, cupcake, and candy shop is selling Tom Turkey, Red Velvet Autumn Swirl and Fall Confetti cupcakes and a mini dessert bar for Thanksgiving. Preorders are accepted until noon 11/23 and all orders should be picked up by 8 p.m. 11/25. Grab and go treats will also be available all day the day before Thanksgiving.
Marianna’s Belltop Bakery – 212 West Main St., Meriden – The local bakery will be open Thanksgiving Day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with plenty of desserts to choose from including pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, pecan pie, apple caramel cheesecake, pastries and cannolis. 24 hour notice is recommended for orders.