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Thanksgiving Celebrations


Leave it to the pros & dine like a chef this year


From 3-8:30pm, executive chef Jason Knibb and pastry chef Rachel King will offer a three-course menu with highlights including Kabocha Squash Soup, Free Range Diestel Turkey, Loch Duart Salmon, Prime C.A.B. New York Steak, Pumpkin Meringue Cake, Pecan Tart, and more. $55 per person; $75 with wine pairings; $20 for children 12 and under. (858.964.5400, www.nine-ten.com)

Pacifica Del Mar
The Del Mar Plaza staple presents a three-course prix fixe menu with selections including Autumn Squash Soup, Slow Roasted Beets, Oven Roast Free Range Turkey, Grilled Filet Mignon, Pan Roasted Sea Bass, Seared Atlantic Sea Scallops, Carrot Cake Cheesecake, and more. $39 per person with the turkey entrée; $49 per person for the other entrée choices. Children’s menu $16. (858.792.0476, www.pacificadelmar.com)

Morada at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Between 11:30am-8pm, enjoy a Thanksgiving-inspired three-course tasting menu created by executive chef Todd Allison. Select from dishes including Celeriac & Roasted Fennel Soup, Pan Roasted Maine Diver Sea Scallops, Slow Roasted Free Range Diestel Turkey, Oven Roasted Chilean Sea Bass, House Made Herbed Fettuccine, and Pumpkin Spice Crème Brulee. $69.50 per person; add $20 per for wine pairings; $40 for premium wines. Children, $30. (858.381.8289, www.theinnatrsf.com)

An innovator in field to fork fresh, Arterra Restaurant and Outdoor Lounge specializes in contemporary, seasonal cuisine by executive chef Jonathan Wills that reflects the best of Southern California. From 2-8pm, enjoy traditional housemade specialties featuring the freshest local ingredients, with menu highlights including Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Beet Salad, Traditional Roasted Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham, Giblet Gravy, Cornbread Stuffing, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Green Beans, and a selection of house-made pies. $42 for adults; $15 for children ages 5-12. (858.369.6032, www.arterrarestaurant.com)

Union Kitchen & Tap
Open from 4-9pm on Thanksgiving, Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas will offer a special menu priced at $44.95 per person, with highlights including the Union Wedge, Smoked Shrimp & Kabocha Squash Chowder, Diestel Turkey, Rosemary Smoked Prime Rib, Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin, Pumpkin Ricotta Tart, Beignets, and more. (760.230.2337, www.localunion101.com)

Pala Casino Spa & Resort
A Thanksgiving feast will dazzle diners at Choices, The Buffet at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. From 10am-9pm, savor four turkey carving stations with all the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings. Southern California’s largest buffet will also tempt holiday palates with Rack of Lamb, Asian Style Kurobuta Ribs, Chilled Snow Crab Cluster, Stuffed Salmon Fillet, Canadian Lobster Tail, Char Broiled New York Steaks, Marinated Bone In Steaks, Carved Choices Tomahawk Steak, Carved Ham, Holiday Bread, and a festive salad selection. Traditional pumpkin pie, with whipped topping, will lead chef Albert Cruz’s parade of over 80 luxury desserts. $38 per person; Pala Privileges card members and one guest will receive a 20 percent discount; Gold level card holders and one guest will receive a 30 percent discount; Platinum members and a guest will receive a 50 percent discount; Elite members and one guest are free. (760.510.2299, www.palacasino.com)


Appellation West

Sourcing wines for your Thanksgiving celebration? Consider Appellation West, which takes the guesswork out of discovering and purchasing boutique or difficult to find wines. The company covers several distinct areas of California — Napa, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Paso Robles, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez and Santa Rita Hills, regions chosen for their diversity in styles and varietals. Appellation West owner Charlie Herbert is passionate about representing the ultimate California wine experience. Wines packaged in Styrene shippers arrive within three days. Enter promo code “ranch& coast” at checkout for 10 percent off your order. (877.498.6792, www.appellationwest.com)

Kitchen 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar
Kitchen 1540 will feature an elegant, three-course Thanksgiving dinner menu from noon to 8pm with choice of starter, entrée, and dessert. Menu highlights include Beef Tartare, Chino Farms Squash Gnocchi, Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing, Mashed Potato, Candied Yams and Cranberries; Duck Breast with Farro Fried Rice, White Peach Kalbi, Snap Peas, and Sesame Gailan; Black Cod with Roasted Clams, Black Mussel Billi Bi, King Crab, Yukon Potato, Fennel and Arugula; 1540 Cinnamon Bun, Sweet Potato Custard, and more. $70 per person; $34 for children under 12. (858.793.6460, www.laubergedelmar.com)

Grant Grill at The US Grant Hotel
A bountiful array of seasonal specialties and traditional holiday fare will take guests on an epicurean journey from the warm Spiced Apple Cider to the all-encompassing house-made desserts, paired alongside your favorite specialty coffee from the barista station. Along the way, savor fresh salads and soups, specialties from land and sea, chef Mark Kropczynski’s family recipe pierogi station, and traditional holiday fare. $75 for adults; $65 for seniors; $29 for children. (619.744.2039, www.grantgrill.com)

Marina Kitchen
Marina Kitchen’s executive chef Aron Schwartz has created a contemporary Thanksgiving buffet menu that includes classic and traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Served from 1:30-7pm, the menu is priced at $48 per adult or $12.99 for kids 12 and under, with highlights including: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Shrimp Artichoke Dip, White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes, Herb Roasted Free Range Turkey, Roasted Brandt Beef New York, and more. Finish off the meal with a selection of desserts including Pumpkin Pie, Apple Tart, or Pear Crisp. (619.699.8222, Web site)


Veladora at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Savor an exquisite Thanksgiving buffet presented by executive chef Eric Bauer with various stations including charcuterie and cheeses, salads, cold seafood, house made pastas, and more. Top off the experience with live music and a decadent dessert spread that includes the resort’s classic Rancho Valencia Mini Donuts. $89 for adults; $29 for children 11 and under; kids under three are complimentary). (858.759.6246, www.ranchovalencia.com)


Avant at Rancho Bernardo Inn 
Between 2-7pm, enjoy a four-course menu complete with holiday favorites including Heritage Turkey Two Ways and Roasted Pumpkin Panna Cotta, as well as seasonal Avant-style dishes like Duck and Truffle Rilletes, Dungeness Crab Beignet, Seared Arctic Char, and Chef’s Vegetable Tagine. $70 for adults; $35 for kids 4-14. (858.675.8550, www.ranchobernardoinn.com/avant)

The Med at La Valencia
From12-6pm, The Med will feature a four-course feast of classic comforts including roasted turkey and pecan pie, along with other indulgences such as Baltimore crab cakes and filet mignon. $75 per adult; $35 per child 12 and under. For reservations please contact Jasica Smith. (858.551.3731, themed@lavalencia.com)

The Grand Del Mar
An array of options awaits at The Grand Del Mar. Addison will feature a Thanksgiving-inspired seven-course menu from 3-8pm ($185 per person, $295 with wine pairings). Amaya will serve a three-course fall tasting menu from 12:30-8pm ($78 per adult, $115 with wine; $30 per child). Or, opt for some casual family fun from 11am-2pm on the Aria Lawn for Explorer’s Club outdoor games, sack races, face painting, contests, and more (complimentary for resort guests and Amaya diners). (855.314.2030, www.thegranddelmar.com)

Balboa Bay Resort
Enjoy a traditional four-course Thanksgiving feast in the First Cabin Restaurant along the waterfront, overlooking Newport Bay, between 1-8pm ($78 adults; $40 for children). Or make a day of it and book the Harvest Glow, Cranberry Pomegranate Facial, in which the antioxidant superpowers of cranberry and pomegranate combine in a delicious facial loaded with whole fruits, seeds, and juice to revitalize and protect. (949.645.5000, www.balboabayresort.com)

Manchester Grand Hyatt
The Manchester Grand Hyatt has just completed a multi-million dollar renovation, and is offering two wonderful ways to spend Thanksgiving overlooking San Diego Bay. From 11:30am-4:30pm, Lael’s is offering seasonal options including Jack Daniel’s Pumpkin Bisque, Pacific Oysters shucked to order, Alaskan king crab, Chef Kaz’s Sushi Station, Cider Brine Roasted Turkey and Tangerine Cranberry Chutney. Desserts include Mini Pumpkin Crème Brule, and more ($64.95; $45 for seniors over 62; $25 for children 5-12). From 5:30-9:30pm, Sally’s on the Water will offer three and four-course prix fixe options that include items such as Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad, Butternut Squash Ravioli a Free Range Roasted Turkey, with a Maple Cream Cheese Pumpkin Roll for dessert (three-course $37; four-course $42; add $20 for wine pairings.) (619.358.6740, www.manchestergrand.hyatt.com)


Chandler’s Restaurant and Lounge at Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa
Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa will celebrate Thanksgiving in two delicious ways this year, as the hotel’s Chandler’s Restaurant and Lounge presents Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings, or diners can order a fully-prepared Thanksgiving dinner to pick up and enjoy at home. From 11am-7:30pm, Chandler’s will feature a traditional American feast with an entrée of roasted turkey with all the trimmings, or optional selections of blue cheese-crusted beef tenderloin or crab-crusted sea bass. The three-course holiday dinner is priced at $52 or $54 based on choice of entrée and also includes a starter and dessert. An optional wine pairing is priced at $20 per person, and a holiday children’s menu is offered at $24 per child 10 and under.

Chandler’s will also offer gourmet Turkey-To-Go. This movable feast can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day and taken home to enjoy — warm, fresh, and fully-prepared by acclaimed chef Pascal Vignau. Turkey-To-Go is designed to serve a group of 16 people (or fewer, for those seeking fabulous weekend leftovers) and is priced at $250. The feast includes an 18-to-20-pound whole roasted turkey with all the trimmings, plus seasonal soup. The same dinner may be ordered on a per-individual basis and is priced at $22 per person. A la carte take-away orders will also be accepted for soup, turkey, stuffing, vegetables, added sides and sauces. (760.683.5500, www.chandlerscarlsbad.com)


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