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Thanksgiving Meal Prep: Dine-In, Take-Out and Donation-Based Dinners

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It’s your annual Turkey Day round-up of local businesses that are offering sides, turkeys, full meals and desserts for pick-up or are open on the day to serve you a feast. We’ll update this post as we hear of more, so keep checking back if your favorite isn’t listed yet.

The Burch food truck has full Thanksgiving meals that will run you $300 and include turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, smashed potatoes, baby kale salad (with cranberries, pecans, acorn squash and vinaigrette) and white chocolate chip pumpkin cookies. They feed four to five people, and will be delivered to your house Thanksgiving morning with heating instructions. To order, email by Nov. 19.

Butt Hutt is smoking turkeys for $65 each (16–18 lbs.). Call 706-850-8511 to reserve.

Cabin Creek BBQ Co., in Nicholson, is doing smoked turkeys (half or whole, $12.99/lb.), sides (cornbread dressing, squash casserole, sweet potato soufflé, all $35 half-pan/$69 whole pan; mac and cheese, $27/$50; and green beans, $24/$50) and gravy ($10/qt). Call 706-757-2267 or email by Nov. 19 to order. Cold pick-up Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; hot pick-up Thanksgiving Day from 9–11 a.m.

The Carriage House of Athens is open for Thanksgiving lunch on the actual day from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ($16.99 adults, $14.99 seniors, $8.99 kids, free for children under 3). No reservations needed, and take-out is available. Or you can order a “holiday pack” by Nov. 19 that includes your choice of roast beef, honey ham, fried chicken, baked chicken or sliced roasted turkey, plus cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce and yeast rolls starting at $59 for a meal that feeds four, but it is available in much larger quantities, too. Email or call 706-546-0385 for details.

Chops and Hops is doing full meals or individual components of such: turkey, braised chuck roast, garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams, green beans, roasted butternut squash, cranberry sauce, dressing, gravy, roasted carrots, baked brussels sprouts, salads, pecan pie, desserts, cheesecake AND starters. Order through the web form by Nov. 18, and pick up on Nov. 23 between 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Donderos’ Kitchen has its usual abundance of choices, including gluten-free roasted whole turkey (10, 14, 18 or 22 pounds for $5.25/lb.), dressing (traditional or GF, $15/$26 depending on size), green bean casserole and mac and cheese ($15/$26), quart containers of sides (mashed potatoes, mashed rutabagas and turnips, sweet and sour red cabbage) for $15, sauces, gravy, and pie (apple, pumpkin, pecan, coconut cream $17–20 plus $4 to be gluten-free). Fill out the order form by Nov. 18 (turkeys by Nov. 17), and pick up Nov. 22 or Nov. 23.

Em’s Kitchen is taking dessert and appetizer orders, due Nov. 16 for pick-up by Nov. 23. Call 706-206-9322, email or check out the website under catering

Farm Cart is doing an entire meal for $235 that serves 10–12 and includes a 12–14 lb. smoked turkey, gravy, mac and cheese, herbed stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and 12 mini-buttermilk biscuits. You can also get the individual components of that meal, an edible rosemary focaccia centerpiece ($40) and gluten-free mini cornbread loaves ($12–24). Order at by Nov. 13 for pick-up Nov. 23 between 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Five Bar and Chuck’s Fish are doing their annual Thanksgiving Feast on the actual day from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at the latter restaurant. The meal is free, but donations are accepted to benefit Project Safe.

George’s Lowcountry Table is doing Cajun-seasoned deep-fried turkey breast with herb gravy ($70), squash casserole ($38), green bean casserole ($43), sweet potato casserole ($45), oyster stuffing ($49), mac and cheese ($40) and bread pudding with peaches, raisins, chantilly cream and whiskey sauce ($52), all for pick-up Nov. 22 or Nov. 23. All casseroles are half pans and serve 10–12. Call 706-548-3359 to order at least 24 hours in advance.

Home.made has Thanksgiving sides orderable through its web shop: mac and cheese, tomato pie, sweet potato gratin, roasted fall vegetables or chamomile-poached pears (each $27, serves four to six); pimento cheese ($16.20/pint); pickled deviled eggs ($25.92/dozen); plus yeast rolls and the usual delicious snacks. Order by Nov. 18 for pick-up Nov. 22 or Nov. 23.

Independent Baking Co. has maple pecan pie and sweet potato pie available for pre-order. To order, call 706-850-3550 or click the pre-order banner at by Nov. 19. Pick up on Nov. 23.

Jack’s Cheesecake is offering pre-orders at for pick up at Bell’s in Watkinsville on Nov. 23 from 2–6 p.m.

Lindsey’s Culinary Market has gravy ($18/quart); sourdough and cornbread dressing muffins ($5 each); sweet potato casserole with sorghum and bourbon and a spicy pecan topping, squash casserole, green beans with caramelized onions and bacon and roasted autumn vegetables ($22–75 each, depending on size); pumpkin-apple-pear bisque ($19/quart) and cranberry-pear compote ($12/pint); bourbon pecan pie, pumpkin pie or pear-gingerbread upside-down cake ($28–36); and maybe turkey (ask). DM your order on Instagram at @lindseysculinarymarket or call 706-353-0558 to order for pick-up Nov. 22 (after 1 p.m.) or Nov. 23 (by 1 p.m.). As always, the restaurant can prepare foods in your dishes.

Marti’s at Midday has sides of sweet potato casserole, roasted brussels sprouts tossed with pesto, mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, fresh green beans with brown sugar and pecans and smashed new potatoes for $14/$28 to serve four or eight, yeast rolls ($14/dozen) and dessert platters ($21.99). Order online at or call 706-543-3541 by Nov. 16 to pick up Nov. 22 or Nov. 23 between 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Off the Vine Produce, in Winterville, has ham and turkey ($40 for a 9 x 13 pan) plus gravy, sides (green bean casserole, sweet potato soufflé, mac and cheese, squash casserole, dressing, hash brown casserole, broccoli casserole, broccoli salad) for $25 for a 9 x 13 pan and lots and lots of desserts (Watergate salad, banana pudding, sheet and layer cakes and a bunch of pies) for $15–30. To order, call 706-899-0400 by Nov. 18.

Pulaski Heights BBQ has smoked turkey breast with gravy (4–5 lbs., serves four to six, $65), brisket (6 lbs., serves 15–20, $155), pork shoulder (5 lbs., serves 10–15, $65), smoked half chickens ($9 each), racks of ribs ($26), smoked tofu ($16/quart, serves four to six; $42 half-pan, serves 10–15), housemade orange-cranberry sauce ($8/pint), extra gravy ($13/quart) and the following sides for $13/quart (serves six to eight) or $35 half-pan (serves 15–20): mashed potatoes, squash casserole, baked beans, pork green chile, stew, smoked cauliflower, potato salad, vinegar-lime slaw, kimchi, whipped sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, green beans, cornbread dressing and collards. Banana pudding for $15–40. Pre-order online by scrolling down to the Thanksgiving tab on Upserve (supplies limited, especially turkey). Pick up any day before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving Day between 12–1 p.m.

Saucehouse is doing a full holiday package that includes turkey or honey ham, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, two sides (choose from mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole) and Sister Schubert’s rolls. Add tea or lemonade for $2.50 per person and individually priced desserts (peach cobbler, bread pudding, banana pudding, brownies/cookies; $2–3). $20/person pick-up (12 person minimum), $20/person drop-off ($500 minimum) or $30/person full-service ($1,000 minimum on site, $2,000 minimum off site). You can also order a la carte. To order, call 888-978-7948, ext. 4, or email

Sweetie Pie by Savie is doing desserts and other baked goods through an order form on its website due Nov. 19 for pick-up Nov. 22 or Nov. 23: pies, cakes (including a vegan chocolate raspberry), cookies, sweet and savory scones and quiches (bacon-onion, chicken green curry, panang tofu-bamboo shoot). 

Weaver D’s is feeding those in need at the restaurant for no charge on Thanksgiving Day, with gospel at noon and food at 2 p.m. Nonperishable food and donations accepted.