8 Local Thanksgiving Feasts

Celebrate autumnal delicacies and delight with these culinary treats in and around Vancouver

Celebrate autumnal delicacies and delight with these culinary treats in and around Vancouver

1. Mouth-watering meals on the mountain

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is celebrating Thanksgiving and then some! An abundance of activities—and dishes—highlight the holiday at this local favourite. From October 5th through to the 8th, guests can peruse a pumpkin patch, race in the “Fairmont 500 zucchini car races” or enjoy a decadent Sunday brunch.

The hotel’s Portobello Market can also save cooks time over the holidays with a turkey to-go offer that includes free-run turkey, stuffing, yams and whipped potatoes, roasted root vegetables, gravy and, naturally, pumpkin pie. The meal feeds six to eight at a cost of $249, plus taxes and gratuity.

2. Creative Christophe in Burnaby Heights

Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie has introduced a seasonal menu full of sweets and treats perfect for Thanksgiving celebrations. As of Friday, September 28th, customers can enjoy apple pie bark, pumpkin croissants and tarts, and, of course, a delicious pumpkin latte.

Christophe Bonzon, pastry chef and owner of Chez Christophe, has also devised a hazelnut pumpkin spice dragée, which sees hazelnuts mixed with seasonal spices, pumpkin, and caramelized white chocolate. (For the uninitiated, dragée is the artisanal technique of coating fruit and nuts in chocolate.) Pumpkin tarts—in individual or multiple serving sizes—are topped with white chocolate caramel cream while the pumpkin croissant boasts a gingerbread crunch.

3. Cibo dishes up four courses

From October 6th to October 8th, dinner guests who take a seat at Cibo Trattoria can enjoy a special four-course holiday feast that begins with a Tuscan kale and bean soup followed by gnocchi, turkey cutlet and pumpkin pie. While regular à-la-carte options are available, the prix-fixe dinner is priced at $59 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and offers optional wine pairings.

4. French favourites at Beaucoup

Vancouver’s Beaucoup Bakery warms up the season with a selection of pastries and bites including a ratatouille savoury tarte, a smoked salmon and egg sandwich and a caramel apple pull-apart bun. The new seasonal items created by co-owner and head pastry chef Betty Hung—whose French Baking 101 cookbook is released in November are available until December 2nd.

5. Fresh birds at Meatme.ca

Vancouver meat purveyor Meatme.ca is dishing up a fresh option for those who would prefer to dine in on the holiday instead of dining out. Residents of Metro Vancouver can order a fresh pasture raised turkey from local K&M Farms to carve up at your home-cooked Thanksgiving meal. Available for delivery on Friday, October 5th, the birds can be ordered in large or extra-large varieties, are ethically raised and are free of both hormones and antibiotics.

6. Classic dinner at a classic spot

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House is a Vancouver mainstay so it’s only fitting the Robson-area dining spot would serve up a Thanksgiving classic just as intended. On Monday, October 8th, guests can select a three-course holiday meal at either lunch or dinner. For $46.95 per person, the menu opens with a squash bisque and includes roast turkey and pumpkin pie.

7. Temper tempts you

The award-winning sweet spot Temper Pastry has those with a sweet tooth covered for both Thanksgiving and the fall season. For the holiday, an oval-shaped bourbon pumpkin and pecan tart is a menu highlight, next to traditional pumpkin pies and cheesecakes. Order can be placed now until October 4th for pick-up on October 5th, 6th or 7th.

In addition, eclairs in three new flavours are on offer now along with carrot cake loaf spiced with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, apple tarte tatin constructed with caramelized apples, chocolate and vanilla cream donuts and more.

8. Sequoia’s seasonal servings

The four Vancouver favourites run by the Sequoia CompanyCardero’s, The Sandbar, Seasons in the Park and The Teahouse—are each offering guests holiday favourites, with a special twist on dessert. On Sunday, October 7th and Monday, October 8th, $39 per person will see your dinner table set with the servings below…

  • Cardero’s: Roasted butternut squash or harvest salad, oven roasted turkey and pumpkin cheesecake
  • The Sandbar: Roasted butternut squash or harvest salad, oven roasted turkey and pumpkin pie
  • Seasons in the Park: Roasted butternut squash or harvest salad, oven roasted turkey and warm apple crumble
  • The Teahouse: Roasted butternut squash or harvest salad, oven roasted turkey and pumpkin sticky toffee pudding