David McIntyre, our executive chef at CUT at 45 Park Lane, shares the joy of celebrating Thanksgiving in true American style. Read his wonderful insight into this memorable time of year.
When is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving Day is always celebrated in America on the fourth Thursday of November, so this year it falls on November 28. That’s when we’ll be celebrating at CUT at 45 Park Lane with our own traditional Thanksgiving feast.
Where does the tradition come from?
It’s believed to have originated in the 1600s when Pilgrim settlers celebrated a harvest feast with Native Americans. Today the tradition celebrates a time to give thanks for all our blessings in life and is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. When I was growing up in California it was always my favourite time of year.
What food is traditionally served at Thanksgiving?
Most American families like to enjoy a roast turkey lunch or dinner, complete with stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and plenty of delicious gravy. Other additions include candied yams, cornbread and green bean casserole. When it comes to dessert it’s all about the pie – both apple and pumpkin pie are firm favourites.
Tell us about the decorations
It’s a wonderful excuse to decorate your home and that includes colourful table settings. The theme is usually inspired by autumn, or ‘fall’ as we call it, with lots of rich rustic tones such as yellow, orange and green. Pumpkins and other harvest produce are often scattered around too as seasonal decorations.
What entertainment is there?
Television plays an important role. There’s always a major NFL football match to watch, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and plenty of old films to get you in the festive mood. In more recent years it’s become popular to volunteer to help out at a charity soup kitchen or to take part in a Turkey Trot, a local run aimed at balancing out all that eating!
What drink do you recommend at Thanksgiving?
At BAR 45 we’re mixing up a special Negroni this year, which we’ve nicknamed Sloe 45 Negroni. This festive take on the classic Negroni is made with delicious sloe gin, Martini Riserva Speciale Ambrato and Carpano Punt e Mes vermouth, for a wonderfully wintery aperitivo to start your festivities.
What about sweet treats?
Our popular American afternoon tea at 45 Park Lane, known as CUTcakes & Tea, is a must. It’s a fun twist on an irresistible array of American favourites including our tempting caramelised pecan cake pops – a great way to celebrate!
Be sure to join in our Thanksgiving celebrations this year at 45 Park Lane by taking part in our special Thanksgiving Dinner or indulging in CUTcakes & Tea.
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