A Rancho Mirage Thanksgiving

Since Thanksgiving is all about sharing gratitude for life’s bounty with family and friends, it shouldn’t really matter where one assembles with loved ones—be it at home or in a restaurant. Either way, if you and yours want to neither cook nor clean up on this great holiday, you don’t have to.

If stepping out on the town is what you’re in the mood for, just remember that many of Rancho Mirage’s finest eateries—Shame on the Moon, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, and Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion among them—have elected to close this November 26. But many places are open starting in early afternoon. At Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse, from noon to 7:00 p.m., the regular menu will be offered in addition to a Thanksgiving dinner that, at $38 for adults and $19 for children, will include southern fried turkey and gravy, cherry Bourbon cranberry sauce, house-made cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, Blue Lake green beans, baked yam with honey butter and pecans, and Callender’s cornbread muffin. Deserts will include house-made holiday pie or peach crisp with vanilla ice cream. www.babesbbque.com

Then there are our stellar desert resorts. At the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, a buffet featuring not only all the holiday traditions but a seafood display, a carving station, and a pasta station will be served in the Celebrity Ballroom from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Adults are $65, children 6-12 are $25, and kids under 5 eat free. www.westinmissionhills.com.

At Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, revelers may opt for the traditional ballroom buffet from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. (adults $59, children $24, under 5 complimentary), or for the Thanksgiving dinner at signature restaurant bluEmber, where the à la carte menu will boast pumpkin apple bisque, roasted tom turkey, and pumpkin cheesecake to name just one selection from each course offered. Service is from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. www.rancholaspalmas.com

At its signature restaurant State Fare Bar & Kitchen, the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage will offer a veritable potpourri from noon to 8:00 p.m. Included in the price ($120 for adults, $60 for children 7-12, free for 6 and under) will be such holiday selections as a sweet potato, arugula, spicy candied pecan, and cranberry salad or a roasted pumpkin cappuccino, sunflower seed, and cinnamon soup served alongside turkey with chestnut stuffing, traditional gravy, and cranberry compote, and layered pumpkin cake. But there will also be the less obvious omelet & egg station, fresh fruit station, herb-grilled vegetables platter, Dragon seafood bar, pasta and risotto station, and pineapple-honey glazed ham. www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage

For those of you who want the best of both worlds—dinner at home without all the fuss of having to create it—there are at least three culinary venues in Rancho Mirage that are offering fully prepared meals to go. At Cello’s Pantry, it’s all $6.99 by the pound for such items as roasted winter squash soup, shaved Brussels sprout salad, brined and roasted Diestel free-range turkey, classic bread stuffing, sweet potato soufflé and so much more. Classic pumpkin pie with whipped cream, or pecan pie with bourbon whipped cream, are $14 each. www.cellospantry.com

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is also fulfilling take-out orders. Serving 6-8 people for $175, dinner comes with deep-fried turkey with Agua’s famous sage-chestnut dressing, and sides include curried butternut squash bisque, whipped Boursin Idaho potatoes and giblet gravy, orange-cinnamon candied yams, and Blue Lake green bean almandine with roast shallots and butter. No pumpkin pie here. Dessert is carrot cake with cream cheese icing. www.hotwatercasino.com

And finally, there’s Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine, where the Davises—chef Drew and front-of-house priestess Cynthia—are presenting a meal that feeds 4-6 people for $150. Included are a slow-roasted organic Diestel turkey breast with pan gravy, a jar of house-made cranberry sauce, savory stuffing, pumpkin pie, and the choice of three sides (shaved Brussels sprouts, roasted root vegetables, sweet potato mash, roasted wild mushrooms, sautéed green beans, roasted fingerling potatoes.) www.catalanrestaurant.com

Before you dig in, please visit each website to get more details on selection and pricing, and to verify order cut-off dates and pick-up/delivery options.

Gobble, gobble to you and yours!

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