One of the most iconic and awaited for events in the American culture, Thanksgiving, traditionally, is a day to celebrate the blessings, especially a bountiful harvest, that God has bestowed his people. The history of Thanksgiving Day goes back to 1621, when the Pilgrims who had settled recently in Plymouth, Massachusetts shared an autumn harvest feast with the American natives. Escaping religious persecution and economic distress in Europe, the Pilgrims had recently crossed the Atlantic on the ship Mayflower, and landed in North America to establish a settlement called Plymouth. The new settlement faced severe hardships in its early days, as its members were not particularly used to living in the conditions of the new continent, which differed greatly from their lives in Europe. However, native Indians living nearby the settlement helped the colonists by teaching them how to cultivate useful crops like corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. The first Thanksgiving was held when these settlers harvested their first successful crop of corn in November 1621. The Native American tribe of Wampanoag, who were allies of the Pilgrims, were also invited to the celebration, which lasted for three days.
Since then, different states and cities have been unofficially celebrating Thanksgiving on different dates and days, and the first official celebration of the event was held by the state of New York in 1817. The day was officially taken up on the national level in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving day on the last Thursday in November to assuage the sufferings of widows and orphans who had lost their loved ones during the American Civil War. In 1941, President Roosevelt made signed the bill to make Thanksgiving an annual holiday on the 4th Thursday of November.
Ever since its inception, preparing, offering, and eating special foods and delicacies has been an important component of the Thanksgiving Day’s celebrations. Turkey, in particular, has become one of the most eaten commodity on the day, with 90% of Americans eating the bird on every Thanksgiving. Still, Turkey makes only one part of the food table, and a number of other delicacies are offered on the day to make it a memorable event.
This Thanksgiving, you can rely entirely on BIG CHEF’s massive Hors d’oeuvres, Fresh Canapes, Dim Sum and Sushi, and Desserts variety to take care of assorting a table that truly stands out from the rest. Our delicious Wellingtons, Empanadas, Spring Rolls, Quiches, Wontons, and Puffs would provide you with some of the best options to be served as appetizers before you offer the traditional Turkey to your guests. All of these, and scores of other delicious items, are available in chicken, beef, vegetable, seafood, and cheese flavors, and would thus cater to every palette that makes a part of your event. Similarly, our Parisian Macarons and Assorted Brigadeiros are great options to be served both as desserts after the main course, or as side dishes along with tea or coffee around the latter part of the day. Our Sushi options would further diversify your offering, while our range of dips and sauces will enhance the taste of anything that you offer your guests.
So, check out our catalogue, select your favored items, and let BIG CHEF help you arrange a Thanksgiving meal that truly justifies the spirit of the day and keeps your guests waiting for another meal at your place next year.
Mano & Rosana Calambichis