According to Huffington Post, the last time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapped was 1888 and the next time will be in 77,798 years. This once in a lifetime convergence of the two holidays is exciting, but it could also be overwhelming. You might be cooking a huge meal for relatives or you could be invited to a potluck dinner. Either way, you should do yourself a favor and get some help from the professionals! Here are seven ideas for Thanksgivukkah at home:
If you’re celebrating both holidays, Saul’s Deli has you covered. They’re offering Braised Brisket with root vegetables ($18), Latkes ($2.25) and Sufganiyot ($2.25), along with Sliced BN Ranch Heritage Turkey ($16), Mashed Potatoes ($5) and Challah & Apple Stuffing ($7).
1475 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
If you’re looking for a simple appetizer, get a jar of Plenty Spicy Jalapeño INNAjam ($12). You could say it was a life changing experience when founder Dafna Kory first tasted crackers topped with cream cheese and jalapeño jam: “I thought those little appetizers were just the best thing ever and proceeded to eat so many of them that I couldn’t really eat the Thanksgiving meal that followed.” When she couldn’t find the jam in stores, she decided to make it herself and ended up passing out jars to friends and neighbors. Everyone got hooked and the rest, as they say, is history. She told me this story a few years ago, and I doubted her, but when I made it at my own Thanksgiving, everyone was addicted. Tart, sweet, spicy, crunchy, gooey, it was absolutely perfect – and really easy to put together (here’s a fancy and a casual option). Just be prepared to hide the plate after a while so you don’t loose your appetite.
If you want to add some new sides this year, you should check out Common Fare. Owner Krista Gettle grew up in Arkansas and Louisiana and she’s celebrating that family history with her Down Home Holiday Side Dish collection. She’s making 10 holiday side dishes like Buttery Bourbon Sweet Potatoes ($11.99), Cranberry Pecan Compote ($6.99) and Cornbread & Andouille Stuffing ($10.99). Sounds like tradition with a twist to me! And east bay dish readers get a 10% discount with the coupon code EastBayDish.
If you want to just reheat it and forget it, you can order an entire Thanksgiving feast that serves 8 – 10 people (Roasted BN Turkey, Buttery Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Mushroom Gravy, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Orange Sauce and Pumpkin Pie, $195) at The Pasta Shop. They’re also making dishes for Chanukah like Meema’s Noodle Kugel, Potato Latkes and Matzoh Ball Soup.
5655 College Ave, Oakland, 510-250-6001
1786 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-250-6004
If you’ve got dinner under control but want someone else to take care of dessert, order a pie (Traditional Apple, Bourbon Apple, Pecan, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, $35) from Tart! Bakery. I tasted the Traditional Apple a few weeks ago and it was flaky, crunchy, gooey and STACKED. Pastry chef Shawn Walker-Smith is really talented, so I’m guessing the others will be just as yummy.
If someone invites you to dinner, you should offer to bring dessert because Lula Mae Bakes creates unique sweets that will definitely get people talking. I tasted a bite sized version of her Pumpkin Crunch Swirl Cake ($32) a couple weeks ago and it blew my mind! If a pumpkin cheesecake and a sticky bun fall in love, this would be the result. It was fluffy, crunchy and oh so flavorful. The Rich & Dreamy Cake ($28-56) sounds pretty freakin delicious too: “Our creamy cheesecake is sandwiched between layers of chocolate cake and then lovingly smothered with salted caramel and chocolate fudge.”
Let’s be honest. Prepping Thanksgiving dinner can take a lot of time and effort, so you should not be cooking anything the night before. That’s where Homestead comes in. Fred and Elizabeth Sassen are hosting a Crab Feed, and they’ll be serving Grilled Dungeness Crab in the shell, Winter Greens Salad, Roasted Potatoes, Firebrand Artisan Bread and Pear Sorbet with Gingersnaps for dessert.
4029 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
Wed, 11/27, 3 – 9pm