From Booze to Pie: Doing Thanksgiving at Home Denver-Style

You're going to need way more than just a turkey for a festive Thanksgiving party.
You're going to need way more than just a turkey for a festive Thanksgiving party. Westword file photo
With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23, now is the time to plan what you're going to do for your family and friends. Whether you want to host your own feast or will be traveling to someone else's home for a party, you don't have to do all the work alone...or arrive empty-handed. From cheese and charcuterie platters to a table-setting expert to full-on meals that you can order in advance, there are many ways to slay the holiday without much effort. Just keep in mind, many of the services have cut-off dates this week, so get out the checklist and start ordering as soon as possible.

click to enlarge Colorado wine often gets overlooked, but it shouldn't. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Colorado wine often gets overlooked, but it shouldn't.
Linnea Covington
Cheerful Tipples for Toasting
Sure, you can have a booze-free Thanksgiving, but why would you want to? If you're looking for something really special for that hostess gift or to pop during dinner, grill wine expert Mary Allison Wright of the Proper Pour at The Source (3350 Brighton Boulevard). Not only does her compact shop have unique offerings, but she can help you build your wine list and lead you to the perfect bottles. Another great place for those looking for guidance is Mondo Vino, at 3601 West 32nd Avenue. The knowledgeable staff can help pair wine, steer you toward a local spirit or recommend beers for the feast.

Of course, if you just want to make sure to stock up on local booze to go with your Thanksgiving party, consider these: On the wine side, Kingman Estate Winery has a great lineup of reds to choose from; Infinite Monkey Theorem offers one of the only sparking wines — Bubble Universe — made locally (and everyone knows bubbles go with everything); and if you would like to pair your turkey with a nice crisp white, procure a bottle of Plum Creek Winery's dry riesling.

For beer drinkers, the options feel boundless, since so many craft breweries exist in the state. For something really special, Highlands Wine & Liquor (4650 West 38th Avenue) offers a large selection of large-format and rare beers, and the staff knows what's what. And if you get on the ball, Denver Beer Co. and Long I Pie are hosting a pie-and-beer-pairing event (tickets are available for the brewery's Platte Street and Arvada locations) on Saturday, November 18, perfect to get some hands-on tasting to help you make Turkey Day decisions.

Of course the pilgrims served cheese boards for the first Thanksgiving. - WESTWORD
Of course the pilgrims served cheese boards for the first Thanksgiving.
Fantastic Finger Foods
Whether you're looking to plump up your pre-dinner options or plan to take something to someone else's fete, many local places are helping to make it easy and delicious. Il Porcellino Salumi (4334 Wesr 41st Avenue) is doing salumi platters ($45 for a four-to-six person platter or $100 for a spread for twelve or more) with assorted house-cured meats, rillettes, pickled vegetables, pâtés, bread, pickled mustard seeds and crackers. On the cheese side, The Truffle Cheese Shop (2906 East Sixth Avenue) will custom-build a spread depending on the size of the party and what you like. The offerings can include cured meats, dried fruit, nuts, olives and palate cleansers, as well as oodles of cheese.

Justin Brunson's Culture Meat & Cheese (inside the Denver Central Market at 2669 Larimer Street) also makes charcuterie and cheese boards, but you can order giant salads, too ($35 for four to six people and $70 for eight to twelve). Choose from a fruit-and-nut job with arugula, candied walnuts, dried fruits, blue cheese and walnuts; a chopped Italian with romaine, roasted red peppers and tomatoes, castelvetrano olives, fresh mozzarella, finocchiona sausage, ham and a red-wine vinaigrette; or a simple mixed-green option. These and a few more Thankgiving offerings are also available from Brunson's Masterpiece Deli (1575 Central Street).

Like the others, Cured (1825 Pearl Street, Boulder) also will whip up a crazy-good plate of cheese and charcuterie for your get-together, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Fluff up that holiday table with freshly made dolmas; Rancho Gordo heirloom garbanzo-bean hummus with rainbow carrots and crackers; artichoke dip with garlic and lemon; and a stunning salad of quinoa, Cure Organic Farm beets, chèvre, toasted hazelnuts and lemon (prices vary).

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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
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