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People looking for some assistance with their Thanksgiving meal or who simply want to skip cooking it all together need not go far. Evanston businesses and restaurants have a lot to offer those looking for an alternative to spending days slaving in the kitchen this year.

Dine Out

Chef’s Station, 915 Davis Street, will be open for Thanksgiving from 2:00-6:30 p.m. Chef Jose Romero will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal including appetizers and desserts. Guests can choose from three main entrees: fresh herb marinated turkey breast, turkey meatloaf or lightly smoked cedar planked Atlantic salmon. $38 per person. Call 847-570-9821 for reservations.

For a more casual experience, The Globe Café and Bar at the Hotel Orrington, 1710 Orrington Avenue, will be open the entire day of Thanksgiving. A special Thanksgiving Day 3-course meal will be available from 1:00-8:30 p.m. The Globe has a full bar and will be offering some wine and bubbly specials. Football games will be on throughout the day in the lobby. Large parties are welcome, but require reservations in advance. $21.95 per person, $12.95 for children age 5 – 11. Children 4 and under are free. For reservations call 847-866-8700.

Turkey To-Go

For people wanting to eat at home but prefer not to cook, The Simple Gourmet, 1459 Elmwood Avenue, can help. This gourmet to-go business offers an enticing Thanksgiving menu. Customers can choose from a variety of soups, appetizers and sides. Three entrees are available including a vegetable cassoulet for vegetarians. Also available is an array of holiday sweets from an old fashioned pecan pie to mini pistachio cupcakes. Orders for Thanksgiving should be placed by Thursday, Nov. 19 and picked up by Wednesday, Nov. 25. Call 847-332-2100 or check out the menus on line at www.simplegourmet2go.com.

The Corner Chef, 533 Davis Street, a catering business committed to using seasonal, hormone-free and organic ingredients is offering a special Feast Menu for Thanksgiving this year. The Corner Chef is a great place to pick up side dishes and trays to embellish a Thanksgiving meal, but it can also customize an entire meal including any specific needs such as kosher, vegetarian or vegan. Call 847-869-1180 or go to www.cornerchef.com.

Spice It Up

Now We’re Cookin’, a culinary service center located at 1601 Payne Street, offers hands-on classes to improve any Thanksgiving meal. Stuffing Alternatives for the Bored will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. and costs $50. One Dish Holiday Desserts will be taught the following night on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and costs $45. Call 847-570-4140 or visit www.nwcookin.com.

People can spice up their Thanksgiving meal by heading over to The Spice House, 1941 Central Street, where over 400 fresh spices are available to choose from. The store has a variety of turkey rubs and baking spices including a popular turkey brining blend in which the turkey soaks overnight. The store’s website offers more than 50 mouthwatering recipes to help plan the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Go to www.thespicehouse.com.

Anne Bodine

Anne Bodine, Community News Editor, has been a part of The Evanston RoundTable since 2008 as a reporter covering businesses and institutions; arts and entertainment; and health and wellness. More recently,...