No Turkey Day plans? Itís still not too late
By Johanna Love, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Date: November 22, 2012
You didn’t begin thawing your turkey five days ago? Haven’t created a Thanksgiving Day production schedule so that five side dishes are hot and ready at the same time?
Never fear, procrastinators. You can still have a fantastic meal Thursday whether you cook, pick up prepared food or go to a restaurant.
Grocery stores are open even on Thanksgiving Day, from early in the morning until late afternoon. Smith’s Food and Drug’s hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Albertsons’ schedule is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. And Jackson Whole Grocer staffers will be there from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those on the south end of the Hole might be pleased to hear Hoback Market’s hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For the ambitious people who still want to cook but haven’t yet shopped, Albertsons will have refrigerated tur-keys, thawed and “ready to go in the oven,” General Manager Mike Edwards said. “We sell a ton of fresh turkeys Thursday morning.”
Some people prefer to just fire up the grill and serve steaks or fish, he said.
Albertsons also offers to cook your turkey dinner for you. Although most people ordered them ahead of time, about seven full dinners with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce will be available Thursday for $49.99, Edwards said. Other options include rotisserie chickens or fried chicken pieces.
In its deli Thursday, Jackson Whole Grocer will offer most of its prepared Thanksgiving menu items, including ham, squash, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
Aspens Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, selling traditional holiday prepared foods.
Those without a way or a will to even reheat food can eat out on Thanksgiving. Two of the largest buffets in the valley are at Snow King Resort and the Wort Hotel, and many other restaurants plate special menus.
The Wort is prepared to serve its prime rib, turkey, seafood and brunch foods to more than 400 people, said Alicia Guzman, food and beverage manager.
“We count on having about 100 walk-ins,” Guzman said. “We’re used to that. Some people want to play it by ear, maybe.”
And finally, with the closing of Teton Steakhouse, MacPhail’s Burgers is offering a nontraditional Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the hungry or lonely. Owners Dawn and Bruce Bollinger will serve complimentary burgers, fries, sodas and dessert.
Employees and suppliers of Mac-Phail’s, along with former Steakhouse Thanksgiving volunteers, all offered their help, Bruce Bollinger said.
He hopes the warmth, company and sustenance burgers can provide will help fill hungry hearts and bodies.
“Thanksgiving can be a really lonely day for those who have nowhere to go,” he said, “or who cannot afford a hot meal.”