Without a doubt, this year many of us will experience Thanksgiving celebrations that are outside historical norms. Those of us who typically enjoy a Thanksgiving feast dining solo or in the company of immediate family may not change things up. But those of us who traditionally celebrate the holiday in large gatherings that include extended families and close friends might be well advised to mix things up this year, in light of that ultimate party crasher, Covid-19.
So this time around, it’s wise to plan two events in parallel. First, there’s the in-person meal and the cherished ritual of expressing our thanks for all our blessings. But more than ever before, this year hosts and hostesses should give thought to how to share the feast and festivities with virtual guests – that is, family and friends who will be present in spirit only. A virtual Thanksgiving – by way of photos, a video, a video call or live streaming – can bring everyone together for the holiday.
You’ve been through the drill with respect to preparing and serving Thanksgiving dinner, so you know how important it is to pay attention to such details as menu planning, grocery shopping, preparation, and more preparation. The good news is you still have time to put in place a solid foundation to make Thanksgiving 2020 especially memorable. But keep in mind that demand for kitchen furniture and accessories has never been higher, so don’t put off shopping!
Equip yourself with high-quality, durable and sanitary butcher block work surfaces for all your food preparation. John Boos & Co. is the go-to trusted brand for all things butcher block – counter and island tops, work tables, kitchen carts, and most importantly, carving boards, cutting boards and chopping blocks. Make your holiday meal prep easier and treat yourself to a new butcher block.
As they say, the proof is in the tasting. But “presentation” may be everything! And that brings us back to butcher block – as gorgeous as it is functional. Some of our customers have ordered a new Foundry Collection table for their virtual Thanksgiving gathering. And many folks are tossing their old carving boards and upgrading to a board to last a lifetime. After all, you want the virtual story you share with friends and loved ones to showcase your excellent taste in kitchen tools and accessories, as well as the fruits of your labor.
To avoid kicking yourself later, remember to take pictures and record video during each phase of the process – as you prep and stage food; as you arrange each masterpiece; as your guests admire it and finally dig in; and eventually, as everyone moans about overstuffing themselves. This will help everyone appreciate the effort involved, better understand participants’ relationships, conjure up great memories later, and maybe even stoke appetites at the same time.
And while delicious food and magnificent presentation are at the heart of any Thanksgiving extravaganza, the soul of the holiday is found in our giving of thanks and in cherishing the time we spend with one another.