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Ways to Think Local for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a week away, and I’m already tired.There are groceries to buy, pies to make, outfits to iron, advertisements to review.  I could’ve sworn that the Thanksgivings of my childhood only lasted a day. Now, it seems like this holiday has transformed into a marathon of planning, cooking, eating and shopping.Fortunately, there are resources throughout Louisville to get me and the other procrastinators and overachievers through this demanding time. Where to buy your Thanksgiving groceries/food The Root Cellar, a retail store with a focus on local, farm-raised produce, meat and dairy products, has just opened a second location in Germantown. Not only can you buy fresh vegetables for homemade side dishes, but you can also order a pasture-raised turkey. Call the Germantown location at (502) 618-0663 or the Old Louisville location at (502) 742-9670 to order a bird. Not into cooking? You can get a catered, Thanksgiving meal with a majority of local ingredients from Farm to Fork Catering. This caterer offers a variety of soups, sides and desserts, but you’re on your own for the turkey. But remember, you only have until Friday, Nov. 16 at noon to place your order.  I can’t make a pie crust to save my life. Fortunately, Sweet Surrender Dessert Café is taking orders for Thanksgiving desserts. They offer selections that include everything from classics like apple pie to a fancier fare like white chocolate mousse torte. You can call them at (502) 899-2008.

No matter how much you plan, things could go wrong on the big day. The turkey might not thaw in time. The sweet potatoes might burn. The apple pie could explode. Just in case you need a Plan B, t wo restaurants in The Brown Hotel will welcome you on Thanksgiving. The English Grill  will host a Thanksgiving dinner that includes an appetizer buffet, a seasonal entrée and a selection of desserts for $58 per person. J. Graham’s Café has a Thanksgiving buffet for $34 per person. Where to get your Black Friday deals A millionaire with a soft spot for food writers couldn’t get me into a mall or near a big-box store on Black Friday. But Frankfort Avenue is hosting a Black Friday Trolley Hop that seems more my speed. From 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., the trolleys will allow shoppers to visit local businesses and still get some deals. Shoppers can pick up a coupon sheet with discounts at participating businesses at the following locations:

  • A Reader’s Corner Bookstore
  • Crescent Hill Trading Co.
  • D&W Silks
  • Lexie’s Trading Post
  • Margaret’s Consignment
  • SisterDragonfly
  • South Bayly Boutique
  • The Comfy Cow

Restaurants and other eateries along the trolley hop route will offer specials if you’re more interested in a hot food that a day of shopping in the cold. Boombozz Pizza on Frankfort Avenue will have $5 lunch specials and two for $20 dinner specials. The Wine Rack will offer a wine and cheese sampling 5-8 p.m. and The Comfy Cow on Frankfort Avenue will have double points for rewards card members.