Thanksgiving à la Carte in Central MA


Posted: November 10, 2022

The gratitude behind Thanksgiving Day is what fuels this holiday at its core, but not far behind: the tasty spreads that fuel our appetites. Whether you're cooking up your own feast or looking for someone else to do the work, local spots have you covered, from appetizers to apéritifs.  

Kits, Packages & To-Go Goods

deadhorse hill 

A truly “no-fuss” Thanksgiving begins with deadhorse hill. The team here has mastered Thanksgiving to-go, from menu planning and shopping to prepping and cooking on your behalf. Pick up on Thanksgiving morning, reheat at home and the only thing you’re left to worry about is who's winning the big game. All the finer details can be found here.

Peppercorn’s Grille & Tavern 

Homemade dinnner packages are aplenty at Peppercorn's, available in two-packs for duos and four-packs for a group. Think: sliced roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed, cranberry sauce, squash, corn and dinner rolls. Ordering deadline is Nov. 22 at noon. Call the crew at Peppercorn's directly to reserve: 508-752-7711.  

The Sole Proprietor

Fresh Turkey Kits from The Sole Proprietor will feed your whole gang. With nourishment for up to 10 people for $299, you'll get all the fixins prepared by one of your favorite local spots. Orders must be on lock by Nov. 21 at noontime. Click here to get yours. 

Bean Counter Bakery Cafe

Thanksgiving pre-orders are now open at Bean Counter Bakery—featuring the likes of Pumpkin Brown Butter Cake, French Apple Tarts, Turkey Gobbler Cakes and more. Head here to order directly via their site.

BirchTree Bread Company

Homemade apple pies from BirchTree are the perfect ender to your Thanksgiving dinner. Place your pie pre-orders online, over the phone (774-243-6944) or in person.

Brew City

The talented crew at Brew City is cooking up fresh Thanksgiving dinner kits, with packages serving four to six diners, including staples like gravy, rolls, cranberry sauce and a choice of four additional sides. Appetizers and pies are also available to satiate every part of the day. The deadline for orders is Nov. 19 with pickup on Nov. 23 from 2 to 7 p.m. 

The Rose Room Cafe

Cookie boxes, cheese daniches, buns, braids, oh my! Pick up some winning treats for the table at The Rose Room Cafe. Deadline for pre-Thanksgiving treats is Nov. 23. 

Table Talk Pies 

If you’re not dreaming about Thanksgiving Day desserts, you’re missing out on half the fun—and sweets are always on the menu at The Pie Store, courtesy of Table Talk Pies. Apple, blueberry, pumpkin, sweet potato and coconut custard are sure to satisfy every dinner-goer.


Dine-In

Publick House Historic Inn

Photo by Match Made Studios 

The Publick House Historic Inn

Sturbridge’s Publick House Historic Inn is known for its cozy holiday atmosphere, and Thanksgiving Day is no exception. Visit this New England staple for a time-honored traditional spread with flare. Get in touch with James at Publick House to reserve: 774-304-1524. 

Spencer Country Inn 

As of this writing, there are just three tables left open for the coveted Thanksgiving Day buffet at Spencer Country Inn. Guests are bound to be wooed by local charm and a hearty menu. Call the Inn at 508-885-9036 directly to get in touch. 

Beechwood Hotel 

The Beechwood presents an elegant Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet on Nov. 24, with seatings on the half hour from 11 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. You can reserve your spot by emailing Denise at dbanach@beechwoodhotel.com. (Larger parties, up to 20 guests, can email BetteAnn at bawallen@beechwoodhotel.com.) 

The Mercantile

Nov. 17 through Nov. 23, The Mercantile welcomes friends from all over. Enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving-inspired dining experience with your pals at $35 per person. All you have to bring is your stretchy pants.

The Barn at Wight Farm

The bountiful buffet at The Barn includes hors d'oeuvres, salad, assorted bread, carved fresh roast turkey and prime rib, cracker crusted cod, chef's holiday sides and a suite of desserts. View the full menu here and make your reservation by calling 774-241-8450 directly.

Salem Cross Inn

With a signature spin on Thanksgiving, Salem Cross Inn offers unique choices—like New England Chowder of the Sea and Honey Dijon Crusted Salom Fillet—among the classics. Head here for all the menu details and call 508-867-2345 to inquire about reservation openings.


Thanksgiving Day Activities  

Canal District Wines Tastings

In a moment of tasting and teaching, the folks at Canal District Wines offer Weekend Wine'd Up Flight Tastings, each with their own special theme. "Thanksgiving Wines" is the theme Nov. 17 through Nov. 19, sampling five wines for $15, an opportunity to choose the best bottle for your turkey-filled table. 

Festival of Illumination at Southwick's Zoo 

Explore a breathtaking world of a million+ dazzling lights and enchanting festival lanterns at Festival of Illumination, now through Dec. 31. 

X-Golf Worcester

If you're looking to get off the couch for a few, head to X-Golf Worcester to hit the links at their fresh new golf simulators, open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. 

A Burst of Fresh Air  

After an indulgent spread, you’ll surely need a walk before dessert hits the table. Stroll in the crisp fall air with family, friends, locals and visitors, through Beaver Brook ParkGreen Hill or Broad Meadow Brook.  If you’re outside Worcester, check out Lookout Rock in Northbridge, Douglas State Forest, or any of the outdoor sanctuaries in the Central Massachusetts area covered in foliage from ground to sky.  


Whatever it is you’re craving this Thanksgiving Day, let it be filled with a sense of appreciation for what’s on your table and who’s in your kitchen! Cheers to good company, gratitude, and lots of gravy.