Last year, we started a new tradition at Urban Plates by opening on Thanksgiving Day and offering a special Thanksgiving meal. The feedback from our Guests was so enthusiastic that we’re extending this tradition. All Urban Plates restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Thanksgiving holiday is a special day to give thanks, celebrate, and spend time with family and friends by sharing a special meal together. Our team members are proud to share this special occasion with your family and friends by offering our entire Urban Plates menu plus some specials our Chefs developed for Thanksgiving Day. Our special Thanksgiving menu is also available for Pre-Ordering and Take-Out. Thanksgiving Family Meals, which serve four, are also available.

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

The center of our Thanksgiving Plate is an herb-roasted turkey breast. Our turkey is raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones. From hatch to harvest, the farmers take great care to ensure the birds are raised to the highest standards, including a strict vegetarian grain diet without animal by-products. We prepare our turkey by marinating it overnight with sage, parsley, thyme, honey, butter, garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper and a pinch of red chili pepper flakes. After marinating, we slow-cook it overnight to ensure the turkey is very juicy and bursting with flavor. Then, we finish the Turkey at a high heat to seal the herb crust and cook until it is golden brown. To keep the turkey at its peak of flavor and moisture, we hand-carve it to order. Turkey is high in protein, low in fat and a great source of vitamin B, which makes it a healthy choice with the added benefit of balancing post meal insulin levels. Not to be forgotten is our raw cranberry orange relish, gravy, any two sides of your choice and chargrilled rustic bread.

Thanksgiving Stuffing

As a special side to pair with our herb-roasted Turkey breast, we are offering an original mushroom stuffing. This stuffing is our twist on the traditional style. It’s made with rustic bread, our roasted mushrooms, grated apples, fresh herbs, and brown-butter cornbread made fresh by our pastry chefs. We bake our stuffing with house-made chicken stock and finish it with a light brushing of butter to get the perfect blend of crispy edges and moist insides.

Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

Our cranberry relish is the perfect complement to all the savory indulgence of Thanksgiving stuffing and mashed potatoes. We intentionally avoid cooking the cranberries and apples to maintain the full natural benefits of the phytonutrients which offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. This relish is packed with vitamin C and E. We lightly sweeten the relish with organic sugar, freshly-squeezed orange juice, and add a pinch of fresh mint.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

You are welcome to select any of our Urban Plates sides to pair with the special Thanksgiving items. Many Guests tell us they can’t refuse our signature mashed potatoes and gravy.

Perhaps that’s because we make them the old-fashioned way with freshly peeled organic potatoes, lightly whipped together with whole milk, butter and seasoned to perfection. We take no short cuts in making this classic side and you can tell we make them fresh multiple times a day.

Our gravy can’t be missed with or without the mashed potatoes. We use free range chicken as the base combined with organic carrots, celery, onion and parsley slow simmered to create a rich and healthy scratch made chicken stock. We then make a roux, browned butter and flour, to thicken the chicken stock and reduce the sauce slowly with sage, bay leaf and black pepper. The final result is a gravy that is irresistible over our mashed potatoes and pairs perfectly with our Thanksgiving menu items.

Urban Plates Holiday Perfect Sides

One of my favorite things about Urban Plates are the sides. I know I’m not alone in this sentiment, as I feel like I have heard this from many of our guests. I believe that is because sides remind us of the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, when everyone brings a side dish to the table to share. I sometimes enjoy the sides more than the main entrée and love that Urban Plates offers the classics like macaroni and cheese, roasted brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes so I don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy my favorites. We also have a great selection of seasonal sides like our miso mushroom sweet potato sauté, chilled beet salad with goat cheese and superfood salad if you are looking for lighter side options. Our sides make the perfect pairing to holiday meals and can be ordered to share at your Thanksgiving Meal or any gathering.

Fess Parker Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, 2014

Pinot Noir is a classic choice to pair with your Thanksgiving meal. The Fess Parker 2014 Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills in California is plump, medium- bodied, with cherry, spice and sagebrush aromas, accented by the moderate acidity of red currant, cranberry and plum flavors. These red fruit and lightly earthy spice characteristics pair well with the herbaceous flavors in our roast turkey, earthy mushroom stuffing and bright cranberry sauce. Overall an excellent approachable choice for your thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving Pastry

Our Pumpkin Walnut Cake has returned and will be offered through the holidays. This cake was crafted to satisfy your sweet tooth craving without the guilt. Inspired by a Thanksgiving favorite, pumpkin pie, it has all the flavors we look forward to this time of the year.

This cake consists of velvety pumpkin mousse seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, turmeric and vanilla bean. We then layer the mousse with walnut cake layers made with pumpkin puree, organic olive oil, walnuts and sweeten it with dates and raisins instead of cane sugar. The cake is finished with raw pumpkin seeds and edible flowers. We are proud to say this cake is made without dairy, gluten, eggs or refined sugars and we bet you can’t tell they are missing! It is a great compliment to your Thanksgiving Day celebration or holiday parties.

As we do year-round, we will also offer our full pastry menu, including our famous Mango Tart made-from-scratch with hand-sliced mangos and carefully layered into a beautiful floral pattern with rum cream filling in our handmade tart shell. All pastries are available for pick up Thanksgiving Day.

 

Signed,

Chef Jen