Verde Valley diners’ guide to Thanksgiving

Several local choices for a hot holiday meal

The Verde Valley has more than its share of options for folks who love a big, holiday meal and are either not able to prepare it for themselves – or don’t like cooking for one. (VVN/Bill Helm)

The Verde Valley has more than its share of options for folks who love a big, holiday meal and are either not able to prepare it for themselves – or don’t like cooking for one. (VVN/Bill Helm)

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Kellie Wilson, Old Town Mission Manager, staff and volunteers are getting ready for the busy holiday season and the community is responding. She displays some of the turkey dinner distribution food items that will be given to families-in-need on Tuesday, Nov. 22, so meals can be prepared at home. On Monday, Nov. 21, there will be a Flying High Turkey Drive at Fry’s in Cottonwood where people can donate turkeys, food items and donations. On Wednesday the mission is having their community Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The mission is closed on Thursday but they recommend a free Thanksgiving meal served at Georgie’s Café in Cottonwood from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

VERDE VALLEY – One doesn’t need to be a chef to eat well on Thanksgiving.

Because the Verde Valley has more than its share of options for folks who love a big, holiday meal and are either not able to prepare it for themselves – or don’t like cooking for one.

Each year, Verde Valley Newspapers puts together a rather extensive, though not complete list of places where someone can say Happy Thanksgiving – and not have to do the dishes.

And for folks who don’t like to cook but really like leftovers, they can call one of the Verde Valley’s grocery stores to see what’s cooking – literally. The local grocers has pre-cooked Thanksgiving dinners that only require re-heating, eating, and leftover packaging.

These days, the only thing that doesn’t come with Thanksgiving dinner is a pillow for the proverbial post-Thanksgiving food coma.

Unless otherwise noted, dinners will be served on Thanksgiving.

COTTONWOOD

Cork and Catch

Cork and Catch will serve a family style Thanksgiving dinner in its new Port dining room, complete with turkey and ham, truffled shallot mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, Madeira gravy, apricot wild rice, creamed corn, maple bacon hericot verts, cranberry sauce, salad and rolls. Cost is $34.95 per person, minimum four persons. Reservations required.

Also in Cork and Catch’s main dining area, patrons will be able to order off the restaurant’s traditional Thanksgiving menu, choosing from main courses such as roasted turkey, pan seared duck breast, prime rib, fall pork loin, fresh catch of the day, pasta – even a vegetarian option. Dinners start at $15 and include roasted garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable, house made cranberry sauce and choice of soup or salad.

Cork and Catch is open from 11 a.m. until close and is located at 1750 E. Villa Drive. Call (928) 649-CORK (2675) for more information or to make a reservation.

Georgie’s Café

Offering free Thanksgiving dinners for more than 20 years, Georgie’s serves turkey, ham, stuffing, real mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, yams, peas and carrots and pumpkin pie for dessert. Serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Georgie’s Café is located at 517 N. 12 St., just off Main Street. Call (928) 639-0751 for more information.

No reservation required.

Georgie’s also offers to go orders at the back of the restaurant.

Old Town Mission

Old Town Mission will serve a free community Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce, with assorted pies and pastries for dessert.

Old Town Mission will also hold a turkey dinner distribution on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for families in need of a Thanksgiving meal that they can prepare at home. Please bring ID and proof or address. For more information, call (928) 634-7869. Old Town Mission is located at 116 E. Pinal St.

Verde Valley Senior Center

Verde Valley Senior Center will serve its Thanksgiving dinner at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Nov. 23.

Dinner will include turkey, sage stuffing, potatoes and gravy, cranberry relish, home-baked whole wheat rolls, pumpkin pie, and a holiday jello salad. Also coffee, tea, water and a holiday beverage.

Michael Midkiff will entertain with live music.

All for a $7 donation for patrons ages 0-59, or $5 for seniors ages 60 and older. Reservations are required.

Verde Valley Senior Center is located at 500 E. Cherry St. Call (928) 634-5450 for more information.

VFW Post 7400

Thanksgiving Open House on Saturday, Nov. 19 with dinner served from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at VFW Post 7400 in Cottonwood. Serving turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, salad, vegetable, cranberry sauce and dessert.

All for an $8 donation.

Located at 705 E Aspen St. For more information, call (928) 634-9769.

CAMP VERDE

American Legion Post 93

Free Thanksgiving dinner for all Post 93 members, their guests – and any Veterans. Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, vegetable, desserts. Also coffee, tea and water. Dinner served from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 286 S. Third St. More information, call (928) 567-6154.

Bread of Life Mission

Bread of Life will serve a hot Thanksgiving dinner – and also give out a free box of food, including a free turkey – at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Camp Verde Community Center Gymnasium at Main and Hollamon. Dinner includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, yams, green beans, cranberries and pie. The dedicated non-profit is looking for donations to help feed the community.

Everyone is welcome to come for a free meal. Call (928) 567-6931 for more information.

JT Bistro

New to Camp Verde, JT Bistro will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner – all you can eat – for $20 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Dinner includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, green beans, cranberries, salad and pumpkin cheesecake.

Though not required, restauranteur John Teah says reservations are “strongly recommended.”

Mountain Springs Buffet

Menu includes sautéed green beans, gruyere mashed potatoes, turkey pan gravy, macaroni and cheese, peas and mushrooms, sweet potato casserole, herb stuffing, cherry walnut glazed pit ham, sliced roasted turkey, spicy cranberry meatballs, fresh baked salmon with lemon dill sauce, butternut squash soup. And roasted turkey will be at the carving station. And a variety of desserts.

Served 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost $19.95; children ages 3-10 eat at 1/2 price; ages 2 and younger eat free. Located at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, 555 Middle Verde Road. Call (928) 567-7900 for reservation.

Storytellers

Menu includes Cornish game hens stuffed with an apple Tasso ham cornbread stuffing, garlic and white wine sautéed haricots verts, rich cream cheese sweet potatoes, choice of soup or salad, and homemade pumpkin cheesecake with pecan caramel sauce. Cost is $32 per person. Limited regular menu for children also available.

Served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, 555 Middle Verde Road. Call (928) 567-7905 for reservation.

Verde Brewing Company

From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Verde Brewing Company will offer its Thanksgiving dinner.

Dinner includes turkey or ham, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and Brussel sprouts.

Also salad and choice of either pecan pie or pumpkin pie.

Cost is $24 per person for choice of one meat, $27 includes both meats. Cost is $16 for persons ages 7-12, free for ages 6 and younger.

Verde Brewing Company is located at 325 S. Main St. in the historic Boler’s building. Call (928) 567-7033 for more information or to make a reservation.

CORNVILLE

Manzanita Restaurant

Manzanita Restaurant, at 11425 E. Cornville Road, will serve not only the tradition Thanksgiving dinner, but also prime rib, braised rabbit, and stuffed filet of sole dinners. All entries include soup or salad, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and fresh vegetables.

Dinners start at $23. Reservations recommended. Call (928) 634-8851 for more information.

BEAVER CREEK

Grace Community Lutheran Church 

From 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Grace Community Lutheran Church at 5100 N. Stevenson Drive in Rimrock will host a free Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey and all the traditional trimmings. For more information, call Darla Melcher at (928) 592-0782.

Nikki’s Grill

From 10 a.m. until about 2 p.m. Thanksgiving, Nikki’s will serve turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and rolls – for whatever you can afford to pay.

Nikki’s will also serve items off its regular menu. Big parties, please call in advance.

Nikki’s is also open on nights, Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call (928) 567-4225.

Nikki’s Grill is located at 2110 E. Beaver Creek Road in McGuireville.

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