When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of gathering the family around the dining room table for a delicious Thanksgiving feast. But then the stress of the immense amount of shopping, cooking, and cleanup tarnishes the luster a bit. As a mom, I do have that ‘mom-mentality’ that I should be able to do it all. That whipping together a picture-perfect holiday meal while sipping a glass of wine should be no sweat. This year I am admitting that I choose simplicity over stress! Thank goodness there is a long list of grocery stores and restaurants who can cater Thanksgiving Dinner for you, all you have to do is stop by and pick it up!
Where to Cater Thanksgiving Dinner in Lake County
You can have your lovely (even gourmet) Thanksgiving family meal with just a phone call! And we won’t tell anyone if you want to reheat them in your own dishes, wipe the sweat from your brow, and claim you’ve been slaving in the kitchen all day!
Grocery Stores in Lake County that Cater Thanksgiving Dinner
Readily available in most areas, Jewel-Osco offers 3 versions of a traditional Thanksgiving feast. The Classic offers either turkey or ham with a couple of sides, and the Signature offers a turkey with all of the bells and whistles. At the time of publishing we could not confirm pricing, call your local store for ordering information.
$69.99 | Feeds 6-8 people
Pick up begins November 18, must have 72 hours advance notice for an order.
Marianos, in their typical fashion, elevates the traditional Thanksgiving feast with gourmet touches. Your choice of turkey or ham will be accompanied by sides such as sweet potatoes with streusel, creamed spinach, and cornbread stuffing with pine nuts. Save $10 with the purchase of two dinners!
Whole Foods Market
$80 for 4, prices go up from there. Your order must be placed by November 25.
While Whole Foods Market serves traditional fare, their side dishes have a little extra flair, including pineapple maple glaze, roasted root vegetables, locally raised turkey and some organic ingredients. Read our review of Whole Foods Catering options.
$129.99 | Feeds 6-8 people
A fully-cooked, oven-roasted and expertly carved vegetarian-fed turkey (never contains added antibiotics) is the centerpiece to your meal. Sunset provides traditional sides using fresh and all-natural ingredients. If you’d like something with a little more originality, dishes from their extensive carryout menu can be added to your Thanksgiving feast. Some options are roasted butternut squash with spinach and dried cranberries, spiced pumpkin-coconut bisque, and butternut squash and gruyere tart with pancetta.
The Fresh Market
Starting at $54.99 for 3-5 people
A simple, traditional meal that focuses on ease and flavor. Glowing reviews proclaimed their turkey moist and flavorful, and a cinch to reheat and serve. It is accompanied by stuffing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish, and rolls.
Lake County Restaurants that Cater Thanksgiving Dinner
$179 | Feeds 10-12 people
Orders must be placed by 12:00 p.m. on November 24, pick up on November 26-28
The Thanksgiving Feast features a whole Amish Hickory Smoked Turkey, half a pan of traditional stuffing ,half a pan of homestyle garlic mashed red potatoes, half a pan of roasted sweet potatoes, half a pan of green bean casserole, homemade pie – choice of apple or pumpkin, quart of cranberry sauce and quart of turkey gravy. Additional sides and meats are available to be added on to y our order.
$144 | Feeds 10-12 people
Lindy’s Landing| 115 Park Street |Wauconda, IL 600084
Contact Joyce to place your order (847) 526.9789 ext. 129 or using the online form (link above).
Not only is Lindy’s a fantastic local restaurant, but they offer a wonderfully easy Thanksgiving take-out as well. They offer either a Traditional Whole Roasted Turkey or a brined and smoked turkey breast with cranberries, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade stuffing, buttered corn, parker house rolls, and choice of pumpkin or apple pie.
Real Urban Barbecue
Complete Meal $175 feed 10-12 people
Locations in Vernon Hills and Highland Park
Limited turkeys are available so orders must be placed in advance. Real Urban Barbecue offers whole, fresh, hickory-smoked Amish Turkeys from Michigan. The dinner includes 1 turkey, 1/2 pan of your choice of one vegetable, 1/2 pan Yukon gold mashed potatoes, 1/2 pan dinner salad with assorted dressings, 1 dozen homemade buttermilk biscuits with honey butter, and 1 pie – apple, pumpkin, or pecan.
$90 serves 8-10
Your order must be placed by November 22 pick-up on November 28.
Dinner includes one 12-14 pound deep-fried or cajun turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing. Additional sides and desserts are also available.
Locations in Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, and Waukegan.
Boston Market can help you with sides, heat and serve, catering or even home delivery of the whole meal.
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Whether you choose a simple, traditional fare, or a gourmet feast, let someone else handle the planning and the mess this year. Remember that the reason for the season is to reflect on the blessings in our lives–not necessarily a picture-perfect table. Wishing you and yours a stress-less Thanksgiving day!
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By Jessica G.
Jessica is a mom of 3 girls from Spring Grove, IL. Next to her relationship with the Lord, her other passions include cooking, playing the violin, photography, and helping other moms to realize their true potential.