In the autumn of 1621, the Plymouth colonists celebrated, with three days of feasting and merrymaking, their very first harvest since having come to America and invited over the Wampanoag Indians, who had helped them build a life there, to join them for a feast. It wasn’t called Thanksgiving back then and there was no turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce or pumpkin or sweet potato pie served; but that’s where the tradition originated from. I bet, all you managed to remember from that is Thanksgiving, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin or sweet potato pie. Well, without wasting any more time, behold the places in Bangalore to gain the holiday pounds.
The 12th Main Grand Mercure Hotel in Koramangala has their annual Thanksgiving buffet dinner and they promise dishes like Sage Roasted Turkey, Pumpkin and Crab Soup, Smoked Chicken Salad, Shredded Beef Salad, Soft Polenta with Spinach and Mushroom Ragout, while their desserts feature palate-delighters like Pumpkin Pie and Custard Apple Parfait.
Where: Grand Mercure Hotel, 12th Main, 3rd Block, Koramangala 3rd Block, Bangalore
When: 24th November, 7 pm to 11 pm
How Much: INR 925 per head, exclusive of taxes
For Reservation: 080 45121212 | 080 45121637
In 1789, George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. And had that to not happen, we wouldn’t be able to have the lavish Thanksgiving dinner that Toscano, the finest Italian restaurant in Bangalore, is hosting. It is a chance for us to express our gratitude for buffet that includes the traditional carved turkey with all the trimmings – potatoes, vegetables, salad, gravy and cranberry sauce plus dishes like Maple Pumpkin Pie for dessert.
Where: Toscano, UB City | Jayanagar | Forum Value Mall, Whitefield | Orion Mall, Malleshwaram | VR Bengaluru, Whitefield | Forum Mall, Kormangala
When: 24th November, 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm
How Much: INR 1450 for adults, INR 695 for children aged 4-12, All prices inclusive of taxes
For Reservation: UB City – 080 41738800 | Jayanagar – 080 41558423 | Forum Value Mall, Whitefield – 080 25939224, 080 41528318| Orion Mall, Malleshwaram – 080 22682055 | VR Bengaluru, Whitefield – 080 46524050, +91 8147270281| Forum Mall, Kormangala – 080 22067757
The noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale is known for writing, among countless other things, the nursery rhyme ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’. She is also known for having launched, in 1827, a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians. She was the one who came up with what we now know to be traditional Thanksgiving recipes. The Only Place, one of the first places to start the Thanksgiving tradition in Bangalore, offers a spread that does her recipes justice. It includes Roast Turkey, Stuffing, Roast Gravy, Creamed Potatoes, Boiled Veggies, Candied Yams, Sweet Corn and Cranberry Sauce in a buffet style. The dessert section, but obviously, includes their Homemade Pumpkin Pie, especially because it’s always been their speciality.
Where: The Only Place, 13, Museum Road, Church Street, Bangalore
When: 24th November, 6 pm to 11 pm
How Much: INR 1000 per person, exclusive of taxes
For Reservation: +91 9986011112 | +91 9986011113
After 36 years of Sarah Joseph Hale’s fight for Thanksgiving, President Abraham Lincoln finally heeded to her plea in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation. He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, which is when it’s celebrated every year. The Glass House- Deli Bistro Bar at Lavelle Road is a luxurious tree house straight out of your fantasy and honours Sarah Joseph Hale’s Struggle and Abraham Lincoln’s decision the entire day with their Thanksgiving set menu. This features dishes like Traditional Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Rosemary Marinated Tandoori Chicken, Salmon Pastrami, Pumpkin Ravioli, Sautéed Mushrooms in Spiced Corn Sauce and Beetroot Salad. They’re serving sparkling wine with the first course, white with the second and red with the last. Desserts include a Glass House take on the traditional ones, like the Spiced Pumpkin and Walnut cake or other desserts like Berry Sorbet.
Where: The Glass House- Deli Bistro Bar, 25/2, Lavelle Road, Bangalore
When: 24th November, the entire day
How Much: INR 1250 per head (without wine), INR 2150 per head (with wine), all prices exclusive of taxes, there’s an offer of 1+1 on the purchase of wine bottles specially for Thanksgiving.
For Reservation: 080 65419999