November 20, 2020

2020 The Great Thanksgiving Pivot

So, I thought we had the small Thanksgiving planned for this year. You know, 10 or so family members, an 18lb bird, 2 pies – well, that was a week ago before Coronavirus put us back on lockdown. Like many families, the need for an immediate nontraditional Thanksgiving pivot is in order. For many, this means ordering a small feast for two – for others, it means ditching the feast all together and going the nontraditional route. In the year of the… Pivot… here are a few Thanksgiving pivots that you can still take advantage of for this year’s Thanksgiving

Nontraditional Thanksgiving Ideas

Bubs Aussie Pies – Thanksgiving Pie for 4.

Let’s say the loss of gathering with your extended family has made you feel like just getting through this Thanksgiving in a new way this year. Consider ordering from Twin Cities newcomer Bubs Aussie Pies in Woodbury. This Thanksgiving Family Meat Pie will feed 4 and comes with Family-Sized Turkey Pie with Corn Bread, Cranberry Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Creamed Corn, Cranberry Apple Chutney, Parker House Rolls, Whipped Butter, Family Pumpkin Pie for $95.

Axels in Mendota – Dinner for two.

Sliced turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pull apart rolls and pies will be ready for you to pick up from Axels in Mendota, a family-owned spot that is known for their delicious Supper club fare. Enjoy your tasty meal for 2 for $50 which is a value and leaves you enough money to splurge on a bottle of wine.

Nicollet Island- Dinner for one.

I love the Nicollet Island Hotel. It’s a beautiful escape located right in the heart of the city, and they always have beautiful menus for the holidays. Dinner party for 1? Yes -Nicollet Island Inn has a lovely Holiday spread that you can order for just one person. You pull into their parking lot for pick up and you are on your way with a hot meal for one. There is an amuse-bouche, your choice of soup or salad, the main course chooses from Roast Turkey, roasted sliced, strip loin steak or Vegetable rigatoni. For dessert, choose between pumpkin pie or chocolate mousse. Yum, this is a delicious menu for one at $59 per guest.

The Board Loon:

The ultimate Pivot is to decide to skip the feast all; together – Skip it and get a charcuterie box for one, a bottle of wine or champagne, and your favorite movie. The Board Loon is a small business that makes beautiful 1 or 2 person charcuterie picnic boxes full of cheese, meats, fruit, and spreads artfully displayed in a cute box for one. They have these beautiful boxes for pick up, or they have a virtual charcuterie class that happens tonight at 5 or 6:30 that you can still sign up for and make your own box. You get expert instruction and a grocery list with tips and tricks for making your own boxes.


Originally the plan was to have in-person service, but with the quick Pivot, Baldamer in Roseville has moved to Thanksgiving at Home Dinner for 2. Dinner includes Turkey, of course, but also smoked Prime Rib and garlic mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, yam casserole, and carrots. For dessert, you can choose from half a pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie. I have a feeling there will be some leftovers here. You need to order by 8 pm today and can pick up hot and ready on Thanksgiving. $145.

Wrecktangle Pizza:

If you love Thanksgiving flavors, but you want to abandon the whole feast, how about a Thanksgiving Take and Bake Pizza? Wrecktangle Detroit Style Pizza is helping you celebrate with an 8 x 10 pie with cheese, cranberry poblano roasted turkey, gravy, and tater tots all on a pizza. They call it the Thanksgiving Leftovers sandwich take and bake pizza, which comes with a Large pumpkin rice crispy bar for dessert. The Thanksgiving leftover pie is $20 and can be picked up on Wednesday to be baked at home. On Thanksgiving. Order at