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November  21

Flipping The Bird

Marceric Maybe it's the year you decided not to cook. Or maybe you haven't gotten your act together. The good news is you can still pull together some semblance of a Thanksgiving meal without dirtying a single pan or messing with any giblets. Baristaville options for Thanksgiving include fancy (the Strip House in the Westminster Hotel in Livingston), casual (Church Street Cafe) rebel (sushi) or takeout (Whole Foods) suitable for fooling family and friends. For $30 a head, Indigo Smoke will prepare your turkey day dinner for you from stuffing and sweets to desserts -- you must call today. For something upscale, inventive, yet still affordable, ring up Marc & Eric, a new kitchen, pantry & catering shop on Bloomfield Ave., in the space left when Indigo Smoke moved to bigger digs....

For $25 a person, you can choose a menu that includes mulled cider, pumpkin bisque, scallion and cheddar buttermilk biscuits, citrus & herb roasted turkey (or maple bourban glazed ham if you want to buck tradition), cornbread stuffing with fennel, apple and andouille sausage, whipped Yukon gold potatoes, cranberry & pear chutney, roasted brussel spouts with applewood smoked bacon and apples (tried this -- awesome!) and a pumpkin cheesecake. More about Marc & Eric on our Food page soon; for Thanksgving orders, call 973-744-6074, ASAP.

*And one more, call SIstha Sistha Cafe if you want to order your "jerk turkey" (no kidding!).

November 21, 2005 in Food and Drink | Permalink


Church Street Cafe
Thanksgiving Dinner

Choice of Soup
Chicken with Rice
Puree of Butternut Squash
Garden Salad Bowl
Choice of Entrée

Roasted Tom Turkey

Prime Rib

Penne Primavera

Grilled Wild Salmon

Pork Medallions

Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy,
Freshly Sautéed Vegetables, Cranberry Relish
Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake

Adults $29, Children $13, Four & under $6

Seatings Starting at 2:00 pm

Reservations: 973-801-9521

Posted by: Greg Spinelli | Nov 21, 2005 12:30:52 PM

For all the Veg heads out there, Veggie Heaven is offering a very reasonable vegan Thanksgiving Turkey for, I think, 21 bucks. It'll be a nice alternative to the relatively not-delicious Tofurkeys of the world

Posted by: Scott Stephan | Nov 21, 2005 12:34:01 PM

Stop! You are making me hungry!

Posted by: Miss Martta | Nov 21, 2005 12:43:32 PM

Scott -- if you do the vegan turkey -- pretty please send us a picture. Do they actually form it into the shape of a 14-pound bird...?

Posted by: Liz | Nov 21, 2005 12:55:19 PM

Are you offering the same menu the rest of the weekend, for those of us who are invited elsewhere on Thursday?

Posted by: The Barista | Nov 21, 2005 12:55:40 PM

I should have know that my optimism on the holidays would be shattered. The politics have already started, this year even earlier.

(It’s coming on christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on...

I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on) J Mitchell

I have a feeling I'll be skating (in the plastic snowglobe in my mind)till January 3rd.

Happy Thanksgiving all.

Posted by: cstarling | Nov 21, 2005 1:02:21 PM

I've ordered a complete thanksgiving feast from Wegman's in the past and was very happy with the food. And so convenient.


Posted by: Jim | Nov 21, 2005 1:54:42 PM

Yes Barista, we will be extending the Thanksgiving menu this Friday & Saturday.

Also, in celebration of the opening of the brand new Church Street Cafe Parking Deck at Montclair Center, we will be featuring live entertainment Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights through the end of the year.

Posted by: Greg Spinelli | Nov 21, 2005 2:58:22 PM

Hi Greg, will my favorite server Heather be working at all this weekend?

Posted by: alex | Nov 21, 2005 3:26:26 PM


Our favorite server will be working Thur & Fri dinners.

Posted by: Greg Spinelli | Nov 21, 2005 3:52:47 PM

Okay, so we went to the A&P and bought $71 worth of Thanksgiving-related foods: a nice roast chicken (feh! on turkey), a bag of Yukon golds for garlic mashed potatoes, haricots vert ($3 word for string beans trimmed to the same length), sage-flavored sausage and cornbread dressing, canned cranberries, some fresh herbs, butter, stock, etc. for a gravy, and a bissel lower-fat ice cream for dessert.

That, for the two of us, comes to $35.50 each, and we have to do all the cooking, serving, and cleaning. (Not to mention the other $71 worth of wine we bought, too.) I was feeling pretty good about this until I blog onto la Barista and what do I see: a 7-course meal at Marc & Eric's for $10.50 less!

That's it! Next year, it's dirty-water hot dogs and Yoo-Hoo!

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Nov 21, 2005 4:08:47 PM

I've had Veggie Heaven's vegan turkey for a number of years, from their Parsippany restaurant-Very Tasty! It is not 14 lbs, but rather a single surving, looks like a turkey part (Leg and thigh) though not as big.

Posted by: Rick | Nov 21, 2005 5:49:52 PM

Whoops. serving, not surving.

Posted by: Rick | Nov 21, 2005 5:50:46 PM

Here's a good reason to flip and organic bird:


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