With summer now officially in the rearview mirror and 2021 soon coming to a close, we can now set our sights firmly forward toward the final festive feasts of the year, beginning of course with Thanksgiving.
Much like 2020, this upcoming Thanksgiving in Vancouver may look somewhat different from what we remember from the pre-pandemic era, but thanks to the innovative tenacity of Canadian hospitality, there are plenty of options out there to suit whatever your circumstances may be.
Whether you’re planning to host a conventional Thanksgiving feast for family or friends, switch things up with inventive takes on traditional classics, or indulge in a full-service meal at an acclaimed eatery, Vancouver’s incredible culinary community has you covered.
Ancora Waterfront’s Ambleside and False Creek locations are each celebrating Thanksgiving from October 8 to 11 with two distinctly different offerings.
Ancora Ambleside is offering a bacon-wrapped turkey roulade with cranberry sourdough stuffing, smoked causa purée, togarashi spiced cranberry jam, and turkey skin puffed chicharron bits, along with a kabocha squash panna cotta.
For those seeking something a little more indulgent, Ancora False Creek will be featuring a 50-ounce tomahawk steak paired with chimichurri, Brussels sprouts, and crispy roasted yams. Both locations will also be featuring a unique Thanksgiving-inspired cocktail designed to pair with dinner.
For the duration of Thanksgiving long weekend, the renowned restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront is doing a Thanksgiving-themed version of its popular Bottomless Brunch with an array of unlimited brunch specialties that range from Liege waffle with rhubarb compote to turkey skillets and croque madames.
On October 10 and 11, ARC will be offering a four-course home-style Thanksgiving feast with traditional favourites such as nutty squash bisque with toasted pecans and nutmeg cream to start and a pumpkin spiced sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice cream to finish.
Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar
Boulevard’s dynamic culinary crew have created both a Thanksgiving to-go menu and an indulgent three-course dine-in feast.
Iron Chef Canada champion Alex Chen’s heat-and-serve takeout package includes a sage-roasted turkey, spiced butternut squash soup with apple cider and maple cream, cornbread, and a pumpkin tart made with vanilla chantilly, milk chocolate, and spiced ice cream.
On October 9 and 10, Boulevard will feature chef Roger Ma’s three-course menu that comes complete with a butternut squash veloute with pumpkin seed and nut vierge to start, turkey with pomme purée, roasted vegetables, and a chestnut and cranberry stuffing for dinner, and a classic spiced pumpkin tart with vanilla chantilly and milk chocolate for dessert.
Fable Diner has been a popular Thanksgiving destination for Vancouverites for years thanks in large part to its traditional take on seasonal comfort food offerings, and this year will be no exception.
Fable’s Thanksgiving dinner is set to take place on October 10 and will feature a free range turkey with a slew of traditional sides and house-baked scones, along with the option to add a pumpkin pie.
The Lazy Gourmet
The Lazy Gourmet is once again offering its popular Thanksgiving feast that comes complete with both traditional and vegan options. For the main course, guests have the choice of either a classic brined turkey breast with confit leg or a vegan beet Wellington with mushroom duxelle and a spinach and tahini dressing.
Each option comes with an assortment of traditional Thanksgiving sides, as well as a decadent dessert platter featuring lemon tarts, gingersnaps, chocolate cupcakes with pumpkin spice latte frosting, and ruby chocolate discs.
Maenam is providing guests with plenty of options this Thanksgiving with two terrific offerings that come complete with acclaimed chef Angus An’s signature Thai twist.
The Turkey Tasting Menu is available for both dine-in and takeout, and features a family-style selection of dishes such as turkey Tom Kha coconut soup, a turkey roulade with gola curry, and a pumpkin mor kaeng custard with cranberry compote.
For those that prefer to keep it simple, Maenam is also offering a takeout-only Freebird Fall Feast that includes an Asian-style salt cured roast chicken, Hainan chicken on rice, and a Thai iced tea.
For those who are looking to spend less time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving but still prefer to handle the main course themselves, all four Nuba locations are offering their popular Thanksgiving side packages featuring accompaniments like onion walnut bread, Za’atar Brussels sprouts, pomegranate-braised carrots, and roasted sweet potatoes with yam and pumpkin.
Potluck Hawker Eatery
Potluck Hawker Eatery is celebrating Thanksgiving with an incredible meal kit designed to feed four. The Potluck Harvest Fried Chicken meal kit includes chef Justin Cheung’s signature coconut milk-fried chicken along with six Southeast Asian-inspired sides, two sauces, and dessert.
Accompaniments include salted egg yolk mashed potatoes, beet salad with apple, shallot, and fish sauce, and a basil and chili jam-infused mushroom and cauliflower stir fry. For dessert, Potluck has partnered with pastry chef Sam Shem of The Dessert Club to offer a pumpkin spice ice box cake made with creamy pumpkin spice mousse and layered with soft gingerbread cookies.
When it comes to festive takeout packages, Railtown Catering routinely sets the bar and is often among the first to see its selection of take-home offerings sell out.
Railtown’s Turkey To-Go packages come in full and half sizes with options to include elevated takes on traditional sides such as wildflower honey and ginger-infused cranberry sauce, maple glazed sweet potatoes, dried apricot with chestnut and brioche bread stuffing, and much more.
As always, Railtown will also be allocating partial proceeds from packages sold toward non-profit charity Mission Possible.
Award-winning Vancouver caterer Savoury City has created a Thanksgiving takeout feast meant to feed up to six people. In addition to a pre-carved 10-pound turkey, the Thanksgiving To-Go package includes home-style stuffing with apricots, rosemary and sauteed onion, sage and butter roasted squash, three cheese panko-topped macaroni and cheese, and a winter kale salad with pickled red onion, Parmesan petals, crushed pistachios, and lemon garlic vinaigrette.
Straight and Marrow
Straight and Marrow chef Chris Lam has put together an elevated take on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that will be available at the restaurant from October 9 to 10. For just $29, guests can enjoy a turkey roulade, Brussels sprouts with lardons, foie gravy, and mashed potatoes.
Bar manager Chad Rivard has also created a autumn-inspired cocktail to go along with dinner made with five-spice infused brandy, pumpkin seed orgeat, absinthe, unsweetened cranberry juice, and charred egg whites.
For those looking to switch things up this Thanksgiving, Torafuku has created a seven-course omakase dinner with an incredible array of options including roast duck, steak Diane, and steelhead trout papillote with a slew of sides that offer playful riffs on traditional Thanksgiving classics.
Other highlights include crispy duck fried rice, honey crisp apple and roasted beet salad, and a basque cheesecake with blueberry compote.