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Tucson restaurant news: dining and giving

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. Many  people will be cooking a turkey and inviting friends and family or being part of a celebratory event as a guest. Some people may be buying already prepared turkey dinners from the grocery store or going out to a restaurant. Be sure to make your reservations now!

Still others may forgo traditional Thanksgiving fare and go for a hike or bike ride with a picnic lunch.  For first timers, please stick your hand into the turkey cavity and remove the packaged giblets. What you do with them is your business. The first time I cooked a turkey decades ago, I failed to that. Yuck.

Then there are people who are homeless or living transitional lifestyles. If you are fortunate to have, please consider those who don’t. In the Tucson community, Primavera Foundation could use some help. They still need mashed potatoes for 25, 2 roasted 20-pound turkeys, gravy for 30, stuffing for 30, beverages and desserts for 30. The men’s shelter serves 110 people and they still need apple juice and coffee, stuffing for 25, green salad for 30, salad dressings, and 4 gallons of gravy.

If cooking is not your thing, supermarket gift cards will be put to good use. Email or call Jenny if you can help. volunteers@primavera.org or 623-5111 x 102.

Now here are some Tucson restaurants serving Thanksgiving fare:

Acacia at St. Philip’s
4340 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 232-0101
Enjoy a fabulous four-course Thanksgiving meal with choices. Menu items include: Butternut squash Bisque, Herb roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry relish and Pumpkin pie with Vanilla Chantilly cream. The menu will be offered from 1 pm-7 pm. $48/person ++, $24/children 5-12 years, 4 and under eat free.
Cup Café
311 E. Congress
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-8848
The Cup Café will be open for their regular breakfast from 7 am-11 am and closed from 11 am-12:30 pm. The Cup will re-open at 12:30 pm for a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. The menu offers four courses with choices for $25/person and will be served from 12:30 pm-9 pm, reservations are recommended.
El Charro
311 N. Court Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-1922
El Charro will be closed on Thanksgiving but will be selling pumpkin tortillas and pumpkin tamales for the entire month of November. 
4122 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 326-9363
Feast is offering a giant take-out menu with family style thanksgiving treats. Go to www.eatatfeast.com for the menu. Place your order by Sunday, November 22 and they will have your dinner waiting, with reheating instructions on Wednesday the 25.  Just heat it up, relax and enjoy your day without spending it all in the kitchen.
Lovin Spoonfuls (vegan menu)
2990 N. Campbell Ave
(520) 325-7766
Vegans welcome, reservations required. This will sell out for limited seating from noon to 3:45 p.m. Mock turkey and all the trimmings for $19.95/adult and children under 10, $12.95. 
Luna Bella
2990 N. Swan Road, suite 145
(520) 325-3895
Belly up to the buffet from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. where you can sup on carved prime rib, honey baked ham, herb turkey and all the fixings (over 30 selections) plus pies and pastries. for $29.95/per person and children 3 to 10 $14.95.
Maynards Market & Kitchen
400 N. Toole Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 545-0577
Maynards Market will be serving a four course thanksgiving feast with choices for $45/person++. Menu items include: An assortment of roasted beets, goats cheese, blood oranges, watercress, and vanilla scented walnuts, Duck a l’orange, with orange / kumquat glaze and for dessert Banana chocolate bourbon bread pudding. The market will open from 7am to 8 pm. The Kitchen is open from 11 am to 9 pm and the Thanksgiving feast will be served from noon until 9 pm.Thanksgiving themed “grab n’ go” items will be offered from 11 am to noon (i.e. turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy,etc.).
Pastiche Modern Eatery
3025 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 325-3333
Pastiche will be open from 11 am-8 pm serving a special menu with some classic and some not so classic dishes. Menu items include: BBQ Ribs, honey mesquite baby back ribs, Sonoran slaw, and chef’s vegetables(17.5), Grilled Ham Honey orange brown sugar glaze (17), and Baked Mac & Cheese, smoked gouda, parmesan, Monterey jack, mesquite smoked bacon, spinach, fat macaroni(14). Reservations are recommended.

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