Over 40 years ago, when PIER 22 first set the table for Thanksgiving, it was merely one of a handful of Bradenton restaurants accepting guests. This year PIER 22 expects to seat around 1500 people and sell several more meals to-go. What once may have seemed taboo, is now the norm; dining out for the holidays or grabbing takeout are both on the rise. According to new National Restaurant Association research, eating out is more likely among millennials, while Thanksgiving to-go meals are especially appealing to parents with young children.
While times are changing, many of the classic staples of the holiday are still with us. For instance, executive chef Greg Campbell and the PIER 22 culinary team offer a traditional Thanksgiving meal. “Each dish is made from scratch with countless hours of preparation going into every bite,” Campbell said. Along with fresh slow-roasted turkey, the feast consists of time-honored favorites:
• Mashed potatoes and gravy
• Sweet potato casserole
• Broccoli casserole
• Green beans
• Cranberry sauce
• Housemade dinner rolls
• Slice of pumpkin pie
Another long-lived Thanksgiving tradition is the libations! Data published by Nielsen confirms what many of us already suspected, the typical drinking-age American will take a turkey leg in one hand paired with a table wine in the other, and sales of riesling and pinot noir outrank the rest. PIER 22 wine director, Bruce Folkins tends to agree with the crowd when it comes to the trend, he said one reason why pinot noir works so well with the Thanksgiving meal is its “lively fruit flavors and juiciness, which balance the richness of the bird and the stuffing.” With this in mind, purchases of the PIER 22 Thanksgiving family meal, include a free bottle of Montpellier pinot noir while supplies last.
There’s a great deal of opportunity for restaurants during the Thanksgiving holiday, said PIER 22 marketing director Tabatha Davis. “People now celebrate with work potlucks, Friendsgiving and sometimes more than one actual Thanksgiving meal. For people that don’t want to sacrifice quality for convenience during all that holiday buzz, a meal from PIER 22 is just the thing,” she said.
While dining in the restaurant, a PIER 22 Thanksgiving meal is priced at $29.95 for adults or $16.95 for children 12 and under. Additional dinner menu items are also available at à la carte prices. For those opting for a Thanksgiving family meal to go, the cost is $99, feeds four and includes a free bottle of pinot noir. Prices do not include tax or gratuity. To-go orders must be placed by Nov. 21 for Thanksgiving Day pick up. More information can be found online at pier22dining.com/thanksgiving2017 or by calling the restaurant at 941-748-8087.
About PIER 22
The PIER 22 menu includes Italian favorites, indulgent Southern-style dishes, delectable seafood and French-inspired fare with a diverse wine list and alcoholic beverages to match. To help make your holidays memorable, PIER 22 is open Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with five private dining rooms as well as the renovated ballroom available with advanced booking.