Thanksgiving Food and Spirits Guide

If making reservations is your definition of culinary preparation, Palm Beach County does not disappoint when it comes to choices of restaurants.  The following are just a few of those that will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner.

All are notable for their delicious fare so be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible!


Junior’s (409 Plaza Real in Mizner Park in Boca Raton) Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery, 409 Plaza Real at Mizner Park in Boca Raton, is talking turkey this Thanksgiving. Join the Junior’s family for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or gather the gang and enjoy festive Thanksgiving fare beginning at 11 a.m. The regular menu will be available, in addition to the Thanksgiving specials.  Breakfast will also be served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 24th.

Junior’s is offering two Thanksgiving specials featuring traditional family-style favorites, Roast Maryland Turkey ($23.95) or Roast Turkey Leg ($23.95). Both specials are served with chestnut stuffing, giblet gravy, green bean almandine, candied yams and cranberry sauce that flavorfully compliment their Butternut Squash Soup (cup: $4.95, bowl: $6.95) and hit home.

Be sure to save room for Junior’s ever-tempting, signature cheesecake and the holiday inspired favorites, including pumpkin cheesecake ($7.75) and pumpkin pie ($6.00), as well as apple ($6.00) and pecan pie ($6.00).


Pig Sty BBQ (706 West Boynton Beach Boulevard in Boynton Beach) – Pig-Sty BBQ (, the popular honky-tonk BBQ joint, will offer a family style dinner thisThanksgiving prepared by Bryan Tyrell, South Florida’s world-class, award-winning BBQ pitmaster.

Pig-Sty BBQ has a variety of Thanksgiving packages. Proteins available include Smoked Turkey, Glazed Ham, Brisket, Sausage and Pulled Pork. Pig-Sty is also offering an array of sides, as well as house made pies, cobblers and homemade ice cream.

Orders must be placed 48 hours prior to pick up, which will be available until 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 22.  All meals come with reheating instructions. Pig-Sty BBQ will be closedThanksgiving Day, November 23.

Thanksgiving Packages includes full meal options or items can be purchased separately.

Full Meal Options Include:

No. 1……$139.50

(Serves 10 guests

3 lbs. Turkey

2 lbs. Ham

2 qts. Mashed Potatoes

2 qts. Green Bean Almandine

2 qts. Cornbread Stu­ffing

2 qts. Sweet Potato Casserole

2 qts. Giblet Gravy

1 qt. Cranberry Sauce

1 doz. Rolls

No 2……$269.00

(Serves 20 guests)

6 lbs. Turkey

4 lbs. Ham

1 gal. Mashed Potatoes

1 gal. Green Been Almandine

1 gal. Cornbread Stu­ffing

1 gal. Sweet Potato Casserole

1 gal. Giblet Gravy

2 qts. Cranberry Sauce

2 doz. Rolls

No. 3……$388.50

(Serves 30 guests)

9 lbs. Turkey

6 lbs. Ham

1 1/2 gal. Mashed Potatoes

1 1/2 gal. Green Bean Almandine

1 1/2 gal. Cornbread Stu­ffing

1 1/2 gal. Sweet Potato Casserole

1 1/2 gal. Giblet Gravy

3 qts. Cranberry Sauce

3 doz. Rolls

No 4……$498.00

(Serves 40 guests)

12 lbs. Turkey

8 lbs. Ham

2 gal. Mashed Potatoes

2 gal. Green Been Almandine

2 gal. Cornbread Stu­ffing

2 gal. Sweet Potato Casserole

1 gal. Giblet Gravy

1 gal. Cranberry Sauce

4 doz. rolls


Additional Options:

Whole Smoked Turkey
10-12 Pound……$54.95
18-20 Pound……$92.75
24-26 Pound……$122.95

Glazed Smoked Ham
4-5 pounds……$35.95

Sliced Meats by the Pound





Pulled Pork……$17.00


Side Package……$39.95

(Serves between 8-10 people.)

Cornbread Stu­ffing

Green Bean Almandine

Southwest Corn

Sweet Potato Casserole

Giblet Gravy

Cranberry Sauce

Dinner Rolls


Pumpkin Pie……$9.95

Apple Cobbler……$10.95

Pecan Pie……$13.95

Peach Cobbler……$10.95

In-House Made Ice Creams (1/2 Gallon)…$19.95

For more information, visit or call 561-810-5801.

Bryan Tyrell served as the Pitmaster at famed Joe’s BBQ KC (formerly Oklahoma Joe’s) in Kansas City, Missouri, which was named Best BBQ restaurant in the World by Zagat in 2000. Tyrell was also a member of Slaughterhouse Five, a competitive BBQ team that won the 1993 American Royal – Open Division and 1995 American Royal – Invitational Division, considered the World Championship of BBQ.  


Eau Palm Beach (100 S. Ocean Boulevard,  Malalapan,  561.533.6000)- Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is celebrating Thanksgiving with dining options for every gathering this year.

Thanksgiving Day at Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Afternoon Seating
12-3 p.m.
$95 adults; $40 children 5-12; 4 and under complimentary
For reservations, please call 561-540-4923
Evening Seating
5-9 p.m.
$95 adults; $40 children 5-12; 4 and under complimentary.

Dining reservations can be made by calling 561-540-4924.


Doris Italian Market (Coral Springs, Sunrise, Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines and North Palm Beach) – Doris Italian Market & Bakery locations in Coral Springs, Sunrise, Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines and North Palm Beach are making Thanksgiving dinner easier with gourmet turkey dinner packages.

From now through Wednesday, November 22*, customers can order pre-cooked turkey dinner packages at any Doris Market location. Available packages include:

·         Traditional (serves 6-8): 12-14 lb. turkey (raw weight), herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, one dozen rolls, cranberry sauce, one 10-inch apple or pumpkin pie. Price: $99.95

·         Supreme (serves 14-16): 18-20 lb. turkey (raw weight), herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, two dozen rolls, cranberry sauce, two 10-inch apple or pumpkin pie. Price: $159.95


Additionally, Doris Market is offering steam trays of side dishes to accompany any holiday meal. Side dishes are 1/2 steam tray and include Sweet Potatoes ($29.95), Mashed Potatoes ($29.95), Green Beans Almondine ($34.95), Herb Stuffing ($29.95), Sausage Stuffing ($34.95) and Wild Rice ($29.95).

Orders can be placed in-store or by calling the Doris Market location. Orders made before November 10 will receive a $10 Doris gift card if mentioned (not valid for turkey dinner packages).

For information, call visit Doris Market’s website at or call 954-572- 5269.

*Or while supplies last, varies by location.


III Forks Prime Steakhouse (Two Locations: 4645 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens, 561-630-3660, and in The Village of Gulfstream Park at 501 Silks Run, 954-457-3920. ) – Celebrate Thanksgiving with a palate packed 4-course prix-fixe dinner at III Forks Prime Steakhouse, on November 23. Executive chef, Tommy Nevill presents savory selections that includes soup, salad, delicious entrée choices, and three festive desserts. Priced at $48 for adult, and children under 12 can enjoy soup or salad, entrée and dessert for $18.

First Course: Tenderloin Tomato Soup
• Fresh roasted vine-ripe plum tomatoes and sweet basil simmered with tenderloin beef stock—substitute Lobster Bisque $5.00.

Second Course: III Forks Signature Salad
• Granny Smith apples, Wisconsin blue cheese, toasted pecans and field greens with housemade maple pecan vinaigrette.

Entrée Choices: Delicious Holiday Specials
• Spice Rubbed Holiday Turkey with Grandma’s gravy, fresh cranberry-orange relish, sausage sage cornbread dressing, creamed potatoes, maple-glazed yams and roasted autumn vegetables.
• Roasted Midwest Beef Tenderloin in a roast shallot thyme veal glace with whipped potatoes, off-the-cob creamed corn and roasted autumn vegetables.
• Vermont Maple Glazed Atlantic Salmon with coconut infused jasmine rice and roasted autumn vegetables.

Dessert Choice: A Smorgasbord Spectacular
• Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream and caramel
• Kentucky Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie Makers Mark®
• Pecan Bread Pudding with vanilla ice cream

In addition, more than 25 items are available a la carte including, shrimp cocktail, ahi tuna, wedge salad, filet mignon, Chilean sea bass, sausage sage cornbread dressing and six cheese potatoes. Don’t forget the Turkey Taste, deep fried turkey leg with Grandma’s gravy for the table to share ($16.00)—available only at the Palm Beach Gardens location. Cocktails and wine by the glass are available for purchase. Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

Reservations are encouraged, at III Forks is located at two locations: 4645 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens, 561-630-3660, and in The Village of Gulfstream Park at 501 Silks Run, 954-457-3920.


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If you’re one of the millions of individuals all across the nation who are planning on creative a feast fit for a king, you might want to check out some of the cookbooks suggested in this month’s Storytime for Grownups: A Thanksgiving Feast! Of course, the holidays are also a time of year when people tend to eat, and eat, and eat some more. However, if you don’t want to have to invest in a whole new wardrobe after the holidays, you might want to check out the Maintain Don’t Gain” Weight Management Challenge. Who knows? You might even win something!

Thanksgiving is tough for people on a budget. If you’re the sort of person who needs a little help stretching your money this time of year (and who isn’t) you might want to check out Thanksgiving Savings with Miss Funny Money. As the season of giving approaches, be sure to take the time to count your blessings, and everything that you have to be thankful for. If you’re feeling crafty, perhaps you can even put together a thankful bag? It’s a great way to divvy up all the leftover Halloween candy!

Then again, maybe you’re thinking about cooking, but only have the time for one amazing side dish? If so, submit the recipe for that dish to our Thanksgiving Recipe Contest, and win amazing prizes!

Of course this, is the Thanksgiving Food AND Spirits guide! Did you know that the night before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest party nights of the year? This means that for many Generation Xers and Millenials, a trip to your local bar will be busier than normal.

If you want to impress your friends with your mixology talents, here are a few recipes to try, courtesy of Bloomery Sweetshine.

Pumpkin Spice Toddy


Recipe and photo by Sarah Murphy, Bloomery SweetShine Lead Mixologist

 1 oz Pumpkin Spice SweetShine

1 oz bourbon

4 oz hot tea

Top with whipped cream 

Garnish with grated cinnamon 

Other Holiday Recipes: Pumpkintini , Pirate PumpkinCranberry Clementine Sangria and the decadent Chocolate Lab.


The laws of nature tell us that the more we focus on  something, the more it expands.  Taking that to a broader place, we can practice the art of gratitude for the multitude of blessings that are life as we know it, each and every day.  A word of thanks – a smile of kindness to a stranger on the street…the beauty that surrounds us on this earth every single day.   We forget how much we are given in this life, and how often we take it all for granted.

 At Palm Beach Happening, we are certainly grateful each and every day for the presence of so many wonderful readers and supporters who “happen” along our journey.  To each of you we bow our head and give thanks, you are a blessing in OUR lives.


Thank you.