Believe it or not, there’s actually some small controversies surrounding the unique and wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving.
Oh, sure we all know that the pilgrims and Native Americans got together about 1621 and celebrated a great feast and then watched some high school football before going out at midnight to get great bargains to start their Christmas shopping. And it was in 1863 that Abe Lincoln declared the first official national Thanksgiving Day along with the proclamation that the Detroit Lions always play a game on the holiday.
But to tell the truth, there’s a lot of controversy over that first Thanksgiving Day–especially the menu. The pilgrims probably ate some turkey, but venison (deer) was the likely main course along with a lot of seafood and also vegetables from their great harvest that year (which was the reason for the whole thing).
What’s not clear is if they had pie. Records show the pilgrims had access to a lot of wild fruits and berries growing around New England, but whether they baked them into a flaky crust and served them with coffee and ice cream is anybody’s guess.
Ok, that was a long way to go to get to the pies, but, you know, these are really great pies. The Borgata Baking Co. is the brainchild of Borgata’s Executive Pastry Chef Thaddeus DuBois, a former White House Executive Chef under President George W. Bush; the president best known for really loving pie (or was that Bill Clinton?)
Anyway, The Borgata Baking Co. is presenting four freshly baked Thanksgiving pies—Apple Crumble, Pumpkin, Cherry and Pecan—for the amazing price of $10 ($12 for pecan). You can pre-order the pies through Monday November 24 and then pick them up starting at 11am Wednesday November 26 through 6pm Thanksgiving Day.
But that’s not all Borgata is contributing to Thanksgiving. Our great restaurants are also offering up some classic prix fixe Thanksgiving Day dinners that, in honor of those venison-eating pilgrims, feature the exotic main course of—Turkey.
Hey, we’re not pilgrims (they didn’t even know about pie, jeesh).
Whether it’s Maple Horseradish Glazed Turkey at Bobby Flay Steak or Roasted Turkey with traditional stuffing at The Metropolitan, Borgata’s chefs have put together they types of Thanksgiving Day dinners with all the fixings that would make any pilgrim swoon.
After all, wasn’t it the great pilgrim leader Miles Standish who said, “It was a good meal, but there was no grilled Turkey Kielbasa, which is always nice, and I’d have kinda liked some pie.”
Wouldn’t we all.