Boston Market Catered My Friendsgiving (And An Amazing Giveaway!)
In recent years, the concept of Friendsgiving has become more and more popular, especially for those who live far away from their loved ones and can’t get away to make the traditional Thanksgiving happen from year to year.
Whether you are celebrating Friendsgiving, a more traditional Thanksgiving, or both — it can be a really intimidating undertaking. Especially if you aren’t very comfortable in the kitchen — or live in a typical NYC small apartment and don’t have a lot of kitchen space to go around!
This weekend, I partnered with Boston Market to host a small Friendsgiving for some of my near and dear. They catered everything I would need, and it was a smashing success!
It was the perfect idea: It let me take credit for a delicious meal, and Boston Market did all the work. We had some of the traditional Thanksgiving fare — turkey, mashed potatoes, trimmings — but also some healthy steamed vegetables and salads. It was perfect for my guests and their very varied food tastes.
Boston Market handled every detail, and even delivered the feast to my apartment and set it up on my kitchen table! To help with your own last-minute planning, catering orders (while supplies last) for Thanksgiving Day will be accepted until 2 pm on Nov. 27. Whether you need more mashed potatoes, need to pick up a pumpkin pie on the way to grandma’s house, are simply pressed for time in the kitchen or don’t trust yourself making gravy (it’s cool — I don’t either!), this is an answer that really does make life easier.
It turns out, Boston Market served more than 1 million people last Thanksgiving, and expect to serve more than 1 million again this year. Whether it’s meals for 4 or 12, turkey or ham, Boston Market handles all the cooking and seasoning. All a host needs is two hours to heat and serve. Or, you can order it catered and you don’t even have to do that much!
This year, Boston Market has partnered with Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer and 4x Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie to provide even more holiday meal solutions. Some of Lisa’s tips include:
Start prep early.
Prepare fresh vegetables like green beans and collard greens early Thanksgiving week. Cook them halfway and then freeze them. “I often prepare our stuffing early by chopping all the vegetables and storing them in Ziploc bags or airtight containers, baking the cornbread and freezing the stuffing mix. Just don’t forget to defrost the night before Thanksgiving to have amazing stuffing and vegetables for the whole family!” says Lisa.
Use prepared sides to help save time and frustration.
“Cooking everything from scratch can really add to your to-do list. I like to buy a few prepared sides and make them my own. I love using sides from Boston Market to skip a few steps in my family recipes – for example, I’ll pick up a side of Boston Market sweet potatoes and use it to make one of my favorite dishes, sweet potato casserole! I just crush the pecans, bake them and spread them
on top using brown sugar to add that carmelized touch,” she says.
What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Is Friendsgiving on your agenda? Are you doing a more traditional Thanksgiving? Both? I’d love to hear! One reader will win a $250 Boston Market Gift Card – which they can use to plan their own holiday feast, no matter what it entails! To enter, please make sure you are following @AlyWalansky and @BostonMarket on Twitter — and RT my tweet about this giveaway. Then, tweet us both (please use tag #HolidayExperts), and share your holiday plans, and why this gift card could make your holiday easier or better. You can also comment below! Deadline is Friday, November 21 at 6 pm ET. Good luck!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was provided with compensation from Boston Market for hosting the dinner and this giveaway/post. However, all opinions are my own — the meal was delicious!