Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and I guess that sparks the beginning of the Holiday Season, although I don’t really know where that starts and ends anymore.
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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and I guess that sparks the beginning of the Holiday Season, although I don’t really know where that starts and ends anymore. Personally, I consider the Holiday Season to be Halloween through Valentine’s Day, but that’s just because I have to buy something special for each of the holidays in that time frame. Now that I think about it, I end up getting a lot of candy during that time period. Maybe I should add Easter to the list too. No wonder I have dentures now.
Meanwhile, back to Thanksgiving. It’s happening on Nov. 24 in case you are still confused as to which Thursday it’s falling on this year. I always have to look at a calendar to double check. You’d think that after over 60 of these things I’d remember which Thursday in November it always falls on. At least I remember it’s in November.
So, that’s next week. If you haven’t bought a turkey, then you might want to do that soon so it thaws out in time. Yeah, I’ve been through a few of those years where the thing is still frozen on the big day and it ends up in a sink full of water all morning long. I can see a lot of you reading this nodding along too. Here’s a helpful tip I picked up from the Internet. Instead of filling the sink and rendering it useless for half the day, break out that cooler you take on camping trips and use that instead. Another thing I found on the Internet were 5,000 videos of people deep frying their turkeys in the back yard that resulted in a lot of calls to 911. Apparently, if you do that wrong, it explodes or something. You might want to double check how to do it correctly before you make an attempt, plus have a fire extinguisher handy.
In years gone by I have always listed a slew of options for folks who don’t really want to spend the entire day cooking and would rather head out to a restaurant for the occasion. But, the recent pandemic shut most of those options down for a while so I wasn’t able to write about them. Luckily this year, some of them are back. Unfortunately, a few of my go-to suggestions ended up permanently going out of business, so those will just have to be fond Thanksgiving memories.
The two big ones in downtown Golden have always been the Table Mountain Inn Cantina and the buffet at the Bridgewater Grill in the Golden Hotel.
Table Mountain Inn will offer a turkey feast with a southwestern flare. It also is offering a lot of breakfast and brunch selections. You will need to make a reservation, though. Breakfast is served from 7-10 a.m. with lunch and dinner happening from 11a.m.- 7 p.m. You can see the menu, which includes turkey, and reserve a table at tmigrillandcantina.com/menus/thanksgiving or call 303-216-8040.
The Bridgewater Grill’s spectacular buffet is back again this year with turkey and ham at the carving station as well as dozens of sides, salads and desserts. It’s just way too many things to list in this column so go check it out online at bridgewatergrill.com/thanksgiving. It all starts at 11 a.m. and the final seating is at 6 p.m. The price is $49.99 for adults, $24.99 for children 6-10 and complimentary for children 5 and under. Reservations are also required and you can make them by calling 303-279-2010.
So, there’s a couple of options for you if you don’t feel like cooking and if you are looking for something else to do for the weekend when the family is in town visiting, you can take them over to the Foothills Art Center to check out their Holiday Art Market, which will actually be opening this weekend on Nov. 19 and running through Dec. 29. Happy Thanksgiving!
John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multimedia production. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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