Pre-Made Dinners; Giving Thanks to Those Who Cook So We Don’t Have To

Words by Rob Nicholson

The traditions of Thanksgiving dinner haven’t gone away completely, but in the last few years, the world has certainly changed and more than anyone would have ever thought. The days of spending several days in the kitchen to get ready for a meal that will get eaten in 15-20 minutes have been falling by the wayside for years.

Fortunately, restaurants, retailers and caterers have realized the need and offer fully prepared meals you just heat and eat.

As expected, offerings vary but are typically served family style. Some packages can be personalized and even come with dessert. Most can be ordered online or by telephone, just do it fast because Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.

For those of you who do decide to carry on the tradition of preparing a homemade meal and need to make a last-minute trip to the grocery store, we’ve included their holiday hours as well. And if you don’t see your favorite grocery store or restaurant on the list, ask if they are doing Thanksgiving meals to go.


Chef’s Garden Catering & Events


The Fresh Market




Kathy’s Table


Khloe’s Kitchen


Prati Italia




Silkie’s Chicken & Champagne Bar



Trader Joe’s


Whole Foods


Winn Dixie