Food & Drink: Giving thanks

Spread holiday cheer over food and wine

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This Thanksgiving, stay in and order a box full of the traditional fixings, or leave dinner to the pros of a local restaurant.

By Tanya Henry

Looking for holiday cheer in these unsettling times? Here are some ideas to start the season off on the right foot …

El Paseo has launched its “Secrets of the Old World” wine program, so you can taste some extraordinary wines without breaking the bank. Each week, Tuesday through Thursday, from 4pm until close, the Mill Valley restaurant will feature a flight of three different wines from its wine cellar. These one-of-a-kind flights showcase both rare and old vintage bottles from some of the most renowned producers in France, Italy and other regions throughout Europe. Here is a sample of what is coming up:

November 22, 23

Premier Cru White Burgundy

Domaine Latour-Giraud 2013

Domaine Latour-Giraud Les Narvaux Meursault AC 2013

Domaine Latour-Giraud Champs Canet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 2013

Domaine Latour-Giraud Cuvee des Pierre Meursault- Genevrieres 1er Cru 2013

November 29, 30, December 1

Spanish Classic Flight

Granbazan Albarino

Lopez de Heredia

Vega Sicilia

December 6, 7, 8

Italian Reds – Piedmont

Produttori

Marchesi di Barolo 2006

Cavallotto Barolo 2007

El Paseo, 17 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley; 415/388-0741.

Rather not cook this year? Martha Stewart’s meal delivery service has the answer! The Martha & Marley Spoon Thanksgiving Box includes a whole 12-14-pound free-range turkey, with ingredients and recipes for Martha’s Classic Stuffing, Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Brown Butter Apple Pie. The price is $179, including the turkey, and $119 for a sides-only box. The last day to order is November 16 at midnight, and free delivery is available nationwide. Learn more at Marthathanksgiving.com.

For those who would rather leave the cooking to the pros, here is an idea for a free restaurant meal: For the 10th year in a row, the Lotus Family of Restaurants hosts their annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner. San Rafael’s Lotus Cuisine of India and Fairfax’s Cafe Lotus will serve an Indian buffet on Wednesday, November 26, from 5pm to 9pm. No reservations.

Lotus Cuisine of India, 704 Fourth St., San Rafael; 415/456-5808; lotusrestaurant.com; Cafe Lotus, 1912 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax; 415/457-7836; cafelotusfairfax.com. The restaurants will be collecting donations for the SF-Marin Food Bank.

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