Celebrating Thanksgiving 2016 in Paris
Haven’t sorted out your Thanksgiving holiday plans yet? No need to freak out. We’ve rounded up a few resources to help our American readers, as well as any locals who’ll be sharing the table this year.
Eating Out in Paris
- Verjus will be serving a special Thanksgiving-themed tasting menu with wine pairings on Wednesday the 23rd, Thursday the 24th, and Friday the 25th. As we’re writing this, the only night with space still available is Wednesday, but you can still get on the waiting list for Thursday & Friday night. Their tasting menu is €68 with wine pairings for€55.
- At Treize, Charleston native Laurel Sanderson will be serving Thanksgiving lunch all week from Tuesday through Saturday. The special meal will include a roulade of turkey and stuffing with gravy, broccoli gratin or sweet potatoes, plus their incredible buttermilk biscuits. Dessert and mulled wine also included for 31€ per person. They’re also willing to help you with a little stealth cooking if you bring the pie plate or casserole dish. To reserve or to ask for their help in cooking, call 01 73 77 27 89.
- At Dune, Seattle native Evan Leichtling will be preparing Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday with seatings at 5 pm, 7:30 and 9:30 pm. The three-course menu is 38€. Reservations seem currently to be full, but you could always call to get on the wait list at 01 43 57 83 15.
- Joe Allen will be a serving a special Thanksgiving menu including roast turkey with quince, apple & walnut stuffing, candied yams, sautéed green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Non-traditional Thanksgiving menu options like grilled tuna will also be available. Three courses for €50 including coffee or tea on Thursday November 24 at 30 rue Pierre Lescot, 75010. Reservations at 01 42 36 70 13 or by email at email@example.com
- Ô Chateau will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday night for €45 including roast turkey with potatoes au gratin and coleslaw, followed by apple tart with pecan ice cream. Wine pairings are available for either €31 or €67. Reserve online.
- Red House will be putting on their annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck on Thursday night. “We’ve got the Turkey and loads of fixings covered, but we need everyone to pitch in and bring a dish. All are welcome! Even if you can’t cook, or can’t bring anything, especially if you’re here and a bit alone…whatever color, creed, nationality, religion, political affiliation, whichever sex or sexual preference, YOU ARE ALL WELCOME!”From 7pm at 1 bis rue de la Forge Royale, 75011.
- Belushi’s bars in Paris (two locations – one in the 10th near Gare du Nord and one in the 19th) will be serving Thanksgiving dinner all day on Thursday and showing NFL action on the big screens. Reserve the location in the 10th at GDN@belushis.com or the location in the 19th at Canal@belushis.com
- The wonderful cooking school La Cuisine Paris is offering a Thanksgiving cooking class in English followed by a group lunch from 10am-1:30pm on Thursday the 24th for 120€ per person.
- For those traveling in the south, Julie Mautner’s website The Provence Post lists lots of options in Provence at the Côte d’Azur.
DIY (Ingredient Sourcing)
- The aptly-named Thanksgiving – a shop which probably earns 80% of its annual revenue during this one week – is a good source for turkeys (farm-raised & ready to cook for 12.50€/kg or rolled & trussed turkeys for 13.50€/kg), pumpkin and pecan pies for 29€, and ingredients for baking & seasonal side dishes (canned pumpkin, jellied cranberry sauce, pecans, etc.). The shop is located at 20 rue Saint Paul, but turkeys need to be ordered (with a non-refundable deposit) by November 17 at 01 42 77 68 29. A good left-bank option for American ingredients is The Real McCoy at 194 rue de Grenelle, 75007.
- La Grande Epicerie at 38 rue de Sèvres, 75007 carries some American products year-round, but it’s not as extensive as the specialty shops above. You’ll also find a few American staples in the foreign food aisle at Galleries Lafayette Gourmet, 40 boulevard Haussman, 75009.
- Beyond the specialty shops, ingredients for most traditional side dishes are widely available in Paris markets and grocery stores. Granted, you might have to skip the canned pumpkin and go for authentic potiron, or forgo the Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup in favor of crème fraîche and wild mushrooms, but you should have no problem finding patates douces (sweet potatoes), courge butternut (squash), choux de Bruxelles (Brussel sprouts), haricots verts (green beans) and marrons (chestnuts). Pecans and cranberries (canneberge or the similar airelle) are trickier to find, although not impossible. And if you need inspiration regarding the best way to roast a turkey, behold the following: