It's not too early to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner, and if you are not going to cook everything yourself this year, restaurants and grocery stores around Houston and the surrounding neighborhoods can help you serve a traditional, comforting meal -- you don't have to cook in your home to have a "home-cooked" meal.
Hubbell & Hudson Market & Bistro offers a classic Thanksgiving catering menu crafted by Executive Chef Austin Simmons. On Saturday, November 9, the specialty grocery store set up stations for food and wine samplings from the holiday catering menu, proving it was a viable option for families this Thanksgiving.
Whether you're having a large party or are enjoying a Turkey Day dinner for two, Hubbell & Hudson has options for you.
Simmons has a variety of side dishes to complement the protein choices: a Howard Kauffman (Ho-Ka) Turkey Farms roasted turkey, Nueske's bone-in, spiral cut ham, or prime rib.
During the tasting event, Hubbell employees served samplings of a classic Thanksgiving dinner with crumbled cornbread dressing, whipped sweet potatoes, green bean almondine, cranberry sauce and roasted turkey with sherry turkey gravy, as well as a small scoop of buttery pumpkin cranberry croissant bread pudding. This meal combination (with pumpkin or pecan pie instead of bread pudding) was a small-plate version of the Ho-Ka House-Roasted Turkey Dinner available for $229 to serve six or eight people, or $99 for two people.
The samplings of each item on the complete turkey dinner menu were scrumptious, comforting and exactly what you want on your Thanksgiving dinner table.
Of course, you will probably want to serve wine at your feast, and a multitude of wine stations were scattered throughout the market offering tastings. Samplings included Humberto Canale Estate's Pinot Noir, Zaca Mosa's Rosé and Erales's Cabernet Sauvignon.
I asked a butcher if any turkeys were currently for sale, but was told they would not be available until later this week or early next week.
However, pumpkin pies, sweet potato pies and pecan pies are currently available.
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Along with complete dinner options, Hubbell also offers à la carte entrées -- roasted Ho-Ka turkey, roasted Ho-Ka turkey bone-in breast, Nueske's bone-in spiral cut ham and all-natural braised beef brisket -- and à la carte sides such as cornbread dressing, sourdough dressing with andouille and portobello mushroom, truffled mashed potatoes, fairy-tale pumpkin soup, brioche kale gratin and black-eyed pea salad. The complete dinners come with a pumpkin or pecan pie, but you can never have too much dessert on the Thanksgiving table. The pumpkin cranberry croissant bread pudding is a sweet, buttery and rich dessert perfect for warming the hearts and stomachs of anyone at your table. Hubbell also offers tart cherry pie, apple spice brandy cake and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
Thanksgiving meals must be ordered by 3 p.m. on Monday, November 25, and are available for pick-up on November 27 after 12 p.m., or all day on November 28 or 29 (if you're not celebrating on Thursday).