Save Thyme–and let Fredericksburg merchants prep your Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, but Fredericksburg’s merchants have you covered for a socially distant—and stress-free—holiday. You can find everything you need, from flowers, to dinnerware, turkey and even fully prepared meals in our historic city.
At foode in downtown Fredericksburg, co-owners Joy Crump and Beth Black have always enjoyed cooking for their guests on the holidays. Typically, their holiday meals revolved around larger family gatherings, but guests told them they weren’t able to celebrate with family this year because of their concerns about COVID-19. Because of that, they created a feast for families of two, four or six with pickup available on Nov. 25.
“We believe in a bountiful holiday table with all the traditional fixings like turkey, stuffing, veggies and cranberry relish,” Black said. “But this year, we also wanted to prepare a great feast for those people who live a dairy-free and vegan lifestyle.”
Among the options are lentil loaves, herbed gravy, salads with local produce and black pepper mashed potatoes. But they are also offering turkey breast and legs, sautéed cabbage and kale, candied yams, rolls and herbed butter, cranberry orange relish, cheese and house crackers, stuffing bread, and apple cobbler.
Other restaurants and merchants are offering similarly versatile options to make your Thanksgiving a memorable one.
Brock’s Riverside Grill on the Rappahannock River is a popular local option for dine-in on Thanksgiving and will be open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Tapa Rio, which also boasts river views, is also offering a set menu, but for Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Eve.
Looking for something a little different? Orofino, the Italian restaurant owned and operated by the Orofino family in downtown Fredericksburg, is sharing the taste of their family gatherings for pick-up. Trays of lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, meatballs, arancini, pizza kits, and different sauces are all available. And for dessert, try their apple caramel cheesecake or white chocolate peppermint cheesecake.
The Alpine Chef, located on Lafayette Boulevard adjacent to the city’s historic train station, is opening for Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26. They are also offering curbside pickup for the meal. Their set menu includes oyster stew or peanut and a cranberry salad to start. That is followed by a turkey dinner with family sides and apricot chestnut stuffing. The meal ends with a choice of pie. If your family wants to have a little more fun, they can even add a beer keg to pick-up orders.
Eileen’s Bakery and Café is offering seasonal pies and meals for pick-up. Owner Trista Chapman is a longtime pastry chef whose dark run pecan pie is a worthy Thanksgiving dessert table centerpiece. She’s also offering pumpkin and apple pies, but that’s not all.
A whole Thanksgiving dinner can be picked up at Eileen’s, sized for a family of eight or a family of four. The feast includes a turkey seasoned with fresh thyme and sage, garlic and butter ready to be cooked with instructions. It also includes green beans with an almond brown butter glaze, sour cream mashed potatoes with green onions, stuffing with fresh sage & thyme, turkey gravy, cranberry jelly, rolls and choice of pie. Order now through Nov. 22 for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Paul’s Bakery on Lafayette Boulevard is a local tradition for a reason. It was founded in 1973 and is now in its third generation of ownership within the Glancy family. They are taking orders for all the traditional pie favorites now. For Thanksgiving, the bakery is offering pumpkins, pecan, crème and meringue pies among other seasonal delicacies.
FRESH, LOCAL INGREDIENTS
Maybe you want to make your Thanksgiving meal from scratch.
Fredericksburg’s weekly farmer’s market continues every Saturday through Thanksgiving. Find local, organic veggies there to complement your meal. This time of year, vendors are flush with seasonal favorites like squash, greens, locally forages mushrooms and tender brussels sprouts. There are also vendors offering pre-made pies and other foodstuffs.
No Thanksgiving table would be complete without the bird.
The city’s Olde Towne Butcher Shop is currently taking orders for fresh thanksgiving turkeys. Buyers can call or order online for two varieties: free-range, grain-fed local Amish turkeys, or Kelly Bronze turkeys, a slow-growing breed traditional in the UK but new to the U.S. that is pasture raised on natural feed and antibiotic free in Crozet, Va.
The butcher shop is also giving locals an opportunity to give back: along with your turkey order, you can donate to feed a family in need.
A quick walk through the streets of downtown Fredericksburg from the butcher is Taste Oil Vinegar Spice, which has everything you need to bring flavor to that turkey, and all the other dishes on the Thanksgiving table. They carry fresh, high quality oils, vinegars and spices. Throughout November, Taste OVS is having a sale on sample-sized bottles and heir seasonal specials are Herbes de Provence Olive Oil and Champagne Dark Balsamic. Check out their website for recipes featuring the seasonal oil and vinegar, as well as tasting information.
Families who are used to going to grandma’s and without dinnerware of their own can make new traditions with Whittingham in downtown Fredericksburg. From table linens, to decorations, to china, flatware and cooking utensils the shop, which boats cookware and homewares, has everything you need. The staff is happy to help you match designs for the perfect table.
No Thanksgiving table would be complete without flowers. Eufloria Florist owner Annie Pates says sunflowers and mums are in high demand for the season, and she has lots of both. For Thanksgiving she is working on a special arrangements, but that’s not all. She’s offering delivery for centerpieces, custom gift baskets, fruit baskets, fresh flowers and plants. Especially relevant this Thanksgiving is a prayer plant to remind family members you are thinking of them, she says.
Whatever your plans are this year, the merchants in Fredericksburg are prepared to help you make this Thanksgiving one to remember.