Everyone is preparing for their Thanksgiving meals, whether shopping and prepping or getting ready to travel or rely on family or someone else to do the cooking.
Whatever your situation, there are some options to start the snacking a bit early. Along with the gobbler (dubbed "Thanksgiving on a roll") still being served at Sequoia Sandwich Co., a couple of other local eateries have some fun holiday options.
Temblor Brewing Co. is serving an all-in-one Thanksgiving sandwich, and 100 percent of the net proceeds from its sandwich sales Monday through Wednesday will go to the Bakersfield Homeless Center. The brewery will also support the center on Tuesday with its Beers-giving, donating $1 from each beer sold that day to the local nonprofit.
Speaking of holiday flavors, Bakersfield Pizza Co. has cooked up something festive: pilgrim bombs. Playing on its popular garlic bomb appetizer base, the dish wraps up turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cheese in pizza dough, which is baked and served with a gravy dipping sauce.
And last in the Thanksgiving flavors news, a couple of weird options popped up this year. Pringles released a limited numbers of Thanksgiving feasts, a tray of eight flavors of curved chips (turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, mac and cheese, creamed corn, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie). Reviews were mixed from the food news outlets that received the feasts so there's no telling if Pringles will roll out something bigger next Thanksgiving.
Salt & Straw, a Portland, Oregon-based ice cream chain with locations in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is offering five weirdly imaginative Thanksgiving ice cream flavors. Available through Wednesday, the options are buttered mashed potatoes and gravy (with gravy fudge), sweet potato casserole with maple pecans, persimmon walnut stuffing, salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey (with candy-coated roast turkey skins) and spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie.
A helping hand at Black Angus
Black Angus Steakhouse will continue to give thanks throughout the holiday season, launching its first-ever Season of Giving campaign to help combat childhood hunger in America.
Acknowledging one in six children in the U.S. struggles with hunger, the chain plans to donate $1 for every order of its new braised short ribs purchased at the restaurant to No Kid Hungry. Every $1 donated can provide up to 10 healthy meals to children in need. The campaign runs now through Jan. 15.
Along with the ribs, which are braised in a rich cabernet sauvignon wine sauce and served over creamy mashed potatoes, Black Angus unveiled a holiday dessert and beverages.
The white chocolate cheesecake features a buttery graham cracker crust, topped with preserved cranberries, strawberry purée and kissed with velvety buttercream frosting.
Diners can enjoy the nonalcoholic cranberry-blueberry seltzer — refreshing soda with a splash of cranberry juice, blueberry and fresh lemon — or indulge with Mionetto Prosecco or the orange pomegranate sparkler, with Stolichnaya vodka mixed with orange, pomegranate and lemon juices, topped with champagne and garnished with house-made preserved cranberries.
New and different
Jake's Tex-Mex Cafe is serving an autumn sandwich cookie — pumpkin cookies with a vanilla cream cheese filling — through the end of the year. ... Who needs Starbucks' holiday cup when you can get an adorable seasonal cup at Cafe Smitten? The cups feature a drawing of Coco, the dog of cafe owners Stasie and Shai Bitton, created by Katie Lemster of Honey I Love You Shop. ... Creamistry also rolled out holiday flavors: milk and cookies (premium chocolate chip cookie ice cream, topped with a fudge drizzle and garnished with a chocolate chip cookie) and white chocolate peppermint (white chocolate ice cream with peppermint candy flakes and chocolate curls, finished with a mini peppermint candy). Either is available in a new red velvet waffle cone or bowl.