Thanksgiving is right around the corner!
What do you think of when you imagine your Thanksgiving Dinner?
An afternoon around the table surrounded by family and friends?
Perhaps a chance to see people you don’t usually get a chance to see the rest of the year due to our busy lives?
A large meal prepared with love, and spread out into a beautiful display on the dining room table?
As our lives have seemingly increased in busyness in 2017, this just might be one of the most important holidays we have – a chance to slow down, and even a chance to stop and reminisce on that for which we are truly thankful, and all the ways we are blessed.
In Vancouver, the Heathman Lodge and Hudson’s Bar and Grill are household names. But do you know about our various holiday Grand Buffet offerings? For those who don’t love spending hours in the kitchen, this is a great way to regain some of that family time and make sure everyone can be involved in the festivities all day.
For those of you who will be staying home this year, have you given any thought to how you will source your food?
With all the advantages to choosing locally-grown foods, there’s just no reason not to do it. Today, it’s easier than ever before, too. Here in the Northwest, we’re surrounded by farms in every direction. Two of these farms are right next door to one another on Sauvie Island in Portland.
Picking your produce
If you haven’t been out to Sauvie Island in a while, it’s incredible to behold. Just a short drive from Downtown Portland, you quickly escape the hustle and bustle of the urban life. Soon, you find yourself in a place that you might mistake for the middle of nowhere. Here, several farms have placed their stake. Some of these farms are certified organic, and others use conventional farming practices. Visiting the conventional farms, you’ll find that they operate very closely with organic guidelines.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting two of these farms where we source some of our produce. The great news is that you can do the same for your Thanksgiving dinner as well. We’re sourcing some of our produce from Delta Farms (a.k.a. The Pumpkin Patch) and Bella Organic on Sauvie Island, which you can do as well from May through October.
But wait. October was last month.
Fortunately, in the Pacific Northwest, finding local produce for use at home is not that difficult if you’re willing to do a little bit of digging. We’re ahead of the curve in that almost every grocery store you walk into has to have at least some local produce just to keep up and stay in business.
If you’re looking for a local company that takes pride in their local offerings, Chuck’s Produce features all sorts of exciting choices, well-marked, and always fresh.
Choosing the best Meat
There are plenty of issues to tackle when farming produce to ensure it’s the best for human consumption. When you work with meat, there are all sorts of new facets that you want to make sure you get right. As some who work in the nutrition field say, “You are what you eat eats.”
All of this applies to working with animals. You also need to care for the animal’s nutrition and overall well-being. We’ve found a ranch that does a fantastic job with this, Double R Ranch. They’ve mastered taking care of their cattle, and it shows in every beef dish we serve.
From their site (linked above), you can order Double R Ranch beef for your table as well. In addition to beef, they also offer pork and other products. The only thing you’re missing is Chef Ray and the team.
Create a new Thanksgiving legacy
Over a decade ago, we made a commitment to work with the highest-quality, farm-fresh ingredients. Around the same time, our sister property Southpark Seafood made a similar pledge. Since then, it’s been rewarding to watch as the PNW has done the same. Then, other cities across America followed suit. Today, it’s easier than ever to bring high-quality, sustainable food to your table.
Why not make a similar pledge at your table this Thanksgiving? Why not commit to choosing foods that are better for you and better for our world?
Join us for a wonderful meal with beautiful music. Or if you can’t make it on Thanksgiving Day, visit us beforehand for some inspiration for your locally-sourced Thanksgiving dinner at home. Chef Delgado’s creative take on the taste of the Northwest is sure to inspire you in ways you can’t even imagine. For instance, have you ever used the words, “turnip,” and “delicious,” in the same sentence? Then you need to try Chef Delgado’s newest creation, which he premiered at the Mexico Earthquake Relief Dinner. Be sure to visit and ask your server for details.
How will you source sustainable food for Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments below!