Steeped in tradition, Southern cuisine is filled with hearty, soul-satisfying, stick-to-your-ribs dishes. It’s all about feel-good comfort food, homestyle cooking that’s tough to find elsewhere. There is love found throughout Southern cuisine and joy in each bite.

This also sounds a lot like Thanksgiving dinner, doesn’t it?

That’s where Grace Meat + Three comes in: The Grove staple is taking Thanksgiving orders for full and partial meals and blending its quintessential Southern cuisine and hospitality with the most American of holidays.

This amalgamation of Southern cuisine with Thanksgiving dinner, offered as prepackaged to go meals for the holiday, was a no-brainer for the Grace team. “It’s in our wheelhouse,” says chef and co-owner Rick Lewis. “The food we serve at the restaurant is feel-good comfort food.” 

So many of Thanksgiving’s iconic dishes are immersed in Southern tradition, and Lewis said the idea to offer these meals was a logical step. “Everyone is super busy around the holiday, and prepared meals have become more popular,” he says. “We have an enormous smoker. [Also, we were looking for a way to] make up the revenue for a holiday in which were closed for service.”

Grace began making packaged turkey dinners last year and, this year, expanded and refined its offerings. Patrons can order and purchase items individually or as a full-dinner package. Choices include sweet tea-brined smoked turkey, herb-roasted brisket, bourbon whipped sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry-pecan sauce, and dressing made from sausage, herbs and brioche bread. For dessert, plan to fill any last remaining space in your stomach with chocolate chess pie and sweet potato pie.

 “This is very similar to my household for Thanksgiving,” Lewis says. “It’s fun for us when people come to pick up [orders]; they’re filled with holiday cheer.”

The cheer doesn’t end at Thanksgiving: Be on the lookout for an similar promotion around Christmas. Last year, Lewis and his team offered smoked hams, but he plans to elaborate and expand these offerings, as well.

Pickup for orders can be scheduled for either the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 21) or Thanksgiving morning, and orders come with heating instructions for each item. For added convenience, you can also pick up your orders on Thanksgiving Day hot and ready to eat. For pricing information and to order today, please visit Grace Meat + Three’s website. Each item will be listed à la carte, along with special pricing for package deals.

Grace Meat + Three, 4270 Manchester Ave., Forest Park Southeast, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.533.2700, stlgrace.com

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