How is it already turkey time? If you’re having a little panic about what to make and how to feed a crowd, try outsourcing it. Entirely.
Three ways to make Thanksgiving dinner easy!
Have someone else cook
Whole Foods and Choices Markets both do everything from ready-made side dishes to the whole thing from spiral-sliced ham to cooked local free-range turkey with all the trimmings, ready for pick up. It costs more than making it all from scratch, of course, but sometimes your sanity is worth more. You can also pick up a full turkey meal deal from L’Epicerie Gourmande on Granville Island, or go a bit more Canadian with a turkey or pork tourtiere (you’ll need to order at least 24 hours ahead).
Book a table
Not feeling the kitchen time? Let a restaurant do it all. The Cascade Room on Main is doing their annual Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings (vegetarian and traditional) on Sunday at 5, 7 pm. The Flying Pig Bistros are taking reservations at all locations for Signature Slow Roasted Free Range Turducken with all the fixings on Sunday with seatings at 4/4:30, 5:30/6:15 and 7:30/& later. Forage will be hosting Thanksgiving meal on Sunday evening, and you’ll definitely want to reserve a spot for their hyper local meal.
Flying Pig Bistro: 127 W. 2nd (and other locations), (604) 569-1111
Forage: 1300 Robson Street, (604) 661-1400
Cascade Room: 2616 Main Street, (604) 709-8650
Who has matching wine glasses, let alone eight to ten place settings of dishes. This doesn’t stress me out, but if you’d rather not have the conversation with the in-laws about where that Royal Doulton went, get glassware and dishes on loan from a party rental company like A & B Party Rentals or Lonsdale Event Rentals. They have everything from cake stands to full china and cutlery sets. You don’t even have to wash them after, just scrape the food off and stack in the containers they came in.
Originally written by Erin McGann in 2017. Dining information updated in 2019