Thanksgiving is a harvest festival that is marked all over the world; a celebration of God's blessings and for cherishing family and loved ones. While in the UK it is a more sedate affair, and usually involves a few tins of food being taken to a place of worship to be distributed among those less fortunate, in Canada and the US, it is celebrated amid much fanfare (on the second Monday of October and the fourth Thursday of November every year, respectively).
It's a similar celebration to Christmas, with food in abundant proportions taking centre stage, from huge turkey dinners with all the trimmings, to a huge variety of pies and sweet dishes. However, unlike the familial, intimate celebrations of December, Thanksgiving in the US has a 'more the merrier' air about it, where large groups of family and friends congregate all over the country to experience this holiday together.
If you want to experience a hip and trendy Thanksgiving, New York is the place to be, which kicks off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving Day Parade, courtesy of mammoth department store Macy's. The day after Thanksgiving, known as 'Black Friday' is also the ideal time to flex your credit card and take advantage of the huge discounts to be had, that range from the trendy boutiques of SoHo to the posh department stores of Fifth Avenue. With American Football also playing a major role in Thanksgiving festivities, it's possible to leave the men at home to watch the games, so you can shop up a storm in peace!
Befitting those that live in the GCC spoilt by our extravagant hospitality scene, the Trump SoHo, the neighbourhood's only AAA five-diamond rated property, are hosting a 'Thanksgiving Penthouse Experience', where travellers can book their luxurious accommodation situated on the top floors of the 46-storey hotel. Boasting expansive floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan or the Hudson River with open floor plans that are perfect for entertaining, this is where out-of-towners can become part of the fabric of the vibrant city's Thanksgiving celebrations, with executive chef Brian Lee creating a customised, authentic feast for an intimate private dining experience for up to 10 people. While the premier location and its view are enough to set the tone, the festive ambiance is completed with your penthouse tastefully decorated by the Trump SoHo's seasoned events team.
However, for those of us not fortunate enough to get away at this time of year, Gourmet's exclusive tie up with the Trump SoHo shows you how to emulate some of their most famed Thanksgiving dishes at home, courtesy of chef Brian Lee's personal recipes for success...
Recipe: Trump SoHo NY's Kale, Orange and Shredded Carrot Salad
Recipe: Trump SoHo NY's Butternut Squash Soup
Recipe:Trump SoHo NY's Bread, Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing
Recipe: Trump SoHo NY's Chicken Breast with Asparagus