Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/18/20
Featuring Misfit Wrapping Co., Fireside Roasting & Toasting Pods on The Yard, a Menorah Lighting Celebration, Holiday Pop-Ups, The Roof’s Skate the Sky, Igloos & Noon Year’s Eve Party & More
Ponce City Market will celebrate the most joyful time of year with mistiful happenings throughout the holiday season. Festive fun will be all around with the Misfit Wrapping Co.’s gift-wrapping conveyor belt, fireside roasting and toasting pods on The Yard, a Drive-In Menorah Lighting Ceremony & Chanukah Film, holiday pop-ups and celebrations, and The Roof’s Skate the Sky, Igloos and Noon Year’s Eve Party.

Details on this year’s festivities include:

Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 28 – Dec. 20 – Come one, come all and stop by Misfit Wrapping Co. to jazz up gifts for giving! From 11am-6pm on Saturdays and noon-6pm on Sundays, guests will be able to bring holiday gifts purchased at PCM to a jolly assembly line on the second floor of the Central Food Hall and watch as items make their merry way down a conveyor belt and are decorated by a team of Misfit gift wrappers with complimentary, cheery wrapping. During a final inspection, each gift will be given a stamp of approval before making its triumphant return to the rightful gift-giver.
Plus, Misfit Wrapping Co. is teaming up with Creating Connected Communities (CCC) – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring life-enhancing programs to children in need by empowering teens to become engaged community leads and volunteers – to gather and wrap holiday gifts for donation all season long. As part of the nonprofit’s annual holiday program, Amy’s Holiday Party, PCM shoppers can purchase items for donation around the property, have them gift wrapped at Misfit Wrapping Co. from noon-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and delivered by CCC to 40 different charities benefiting homeless, foster and refugee children.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 20 – Get warm and cozy with your nearest and dearest outside on The Yard this holiday season! Guests will be able to gather ‘round toasty fires and enjoy s’mores at socially distanced fireside pods. The Firepods will accommodate small groups and can be booked by the hour, and s’more kits and reservations (available beginning in late November at www.poncecitymarket.com) are complimentary. The open-air firepods will be sanitized thoroughly between seatings and will be available from 5-9pm on Fridays, 2-9pm on Saturdays and noon-6pm on Sundays.
The Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar, Opening Tues., Nov. 24 – Biltong Bar at Ponce City Market is “Up to Snow Good” as they transform their space into their second annual holiday pop-up: The Blitzen Room. The restaurant will feature swanky, vintage Christmas decor and seasonally themed cocktails from Chartreuse Hot Chocolate to Frozen Egg Nog.
Holiday Social Bar on The Roof, Opening Fri., Nov. 27 – Just inside the tower lobby, the Holiday Social Bar will welcome Roof-goers with an over-the-top experience bursting with whimsical decor and holiday-inspired drinks. Check out the drink menu here.
MixMas at 12 Cocktail Bar, Opening Fri., Nov. 27 – 12 Cocktail Bar is celebrating the season with a Mixmas cocktail menu, including drinks like “Sleigh Fuel” with bourbon, cinnamon, eggnog and coffee, and the “This Christmas I Gave You a Daiquiri,” made with dark rum, lime, pineapple, allspice and cherry. Reservations here are highly recommended.
Modern Mystic Shop’s Local Makers Holiday Pop-Up Series, Sat. & Sun., Nov. 21 – Dec. 20 – The metaphysical goods shop is spotlighting favorite local makers and creators with pop-ups throughout the holiday season. Each weekend, the series will provide curated collections from local, small-batch makers who share the same values as Modern Mystic Shop, with an emphasis on goods from women-identified and POC-owned businesses. Shoppers can expect to find jewelry, bath products, candles and more from vendors including local jewelry makers Kalua Rae and Dragonstone Malas, among others.
SustainAble Home Goods Holiday Gift Box Bar, Now Open – Shoppers can stop by the store throughout the season to create a curated gift box of handmade products made by local and global makers! Each box is $60 and comes with three pick-your-own items, from wellness products and kitchen essentials to gardening kits and so much more. Additional items can be added for $8 each.
Sat., Dec. 12, Beginning at Noon – Bringing the best of PCM outdoors, the Holiday Market will feature holiday shopping, festive food and drink like hot chocolate and mulled cider, holiday entertainment and more as guests safely relax and spend some time outside.
Sun., Dec. 13 – Join Ponce City Market and Chabad Intown for a traditional menorah lighting ceremony and screening of a short Chanukah Film! This year’s celebration will take place in the parking lot by West Elm (alongside Glen Iris Drive and Ponce de Leon Ave), and guests are invited to park their cars and enjoy a BYO car picnic starting at 4:30pm. The brief film will begin at 5:30pm, followed by the Menorah Lighting Ceremony and a feature presentation at 6pm.

Opening Fri., Nov. 27 – Back for a fourth year, The Roof at Ponce City Market invites guests to “Skate the Sky.” Ten stories above Ponce de Leon Avenue and overlooking Old Fourth Ward, the Rooftop Terrace will feature a 3,500-square-foot ice skating rink for all ages to enjoy seven days a week. Family hours will be every Saturday and Sunday from noon-3pm, and during this time, visitors can skate and sing along with The Roof’s resident Ice Queen. Starting at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, visitors 21 and over will be able to dance the night away to music spun by local DJs. Before or after skating, skaters can warm up at outdoor fire pits at the woodland forest-themed Nine Mile Station or play mini golf at Skyline Park donning a faux fur coat provided by The Roof.
Reservations can be booked here. Ice skating is $15 for adults and $7 for kids ages 5-12 (plus admission to The Roof), and includes 50-minutes of skating, ice skate rentals and unlimited gameplay at Skyline Park. Skaters must be at least five years of age to skate, and individuals under 12 must be accompanied by an adult skater. Hours for the rink will be the same as The Roof’s regular operating hours.
Opening Fri., Nov. 27 – Cozy up this holiday season in life-size, private igloos on Ponce City Market’s Roof! Available by reservation only, igloos located alongside the ice skating rink and at 9 Mile Station seat up to six guests, allowing small groups to have an intimate and socially distanced experience with an amazing view. Family-friendly igloo experiences alongside the ice skating rink are available on Saturday and Sunday mornings from noon-3pm and include a special kid’s menu. Guests 21+ can also enjoy food and beverages – think hot cocktails, champagne and large format cocktails – in rink-side igloos until 8pm Monday through Friday, 9:30pm on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday. At 9 Mile Station, the restaurant will transform into a woodland forest with cozy igloos and outdoor seating areas overlooking views of Atlanta. Restaurant igloos will offer guests 21 and up full dining service.

Reservations for all igloo experiences are now available at www.poncecityroof.com and include general admission to The Roof, skate rentals, 50 minutes of skate time and unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park (when available). Rink-side igloos rentals are $175 for two hours, and 9 Mile Station igloos are $125 Sunday through Thursday and $175 on Fridays and Saturday for two-and-a-half hour reservations. All igloos will be sanitized manually and with fogging technology between occupants.

Thurs., Dec. 31, 10am-3pm – Save the date for The Roof’s fourth annual Noon Year’s Eve! Skyline Park and 9 Mile Station will host a family-friendly celebration for parents and children of all ages to ring in 2021 as guests count down to noon. Tickets are $15 for all ages (3 years and under are free) and will be sold day-of at the door; no advance tickets needed.

Ponce City Market will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2020) and Christmas Day (December 25, 2020).

Where to Get Deep-Fried Turkey in Charlotte This Thanksgiving

Where to Get Deep-Fried Turkey in Charlotte This Thanksgiving

Options across the city

November 17, 2020

As Thanksgiving doesn’t look so traditional this year for many Charlotte families, a deep-fried turkey purchased from a local spot might be more tempting than ever. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the top restaurants in the area that are offering this option this year. Spots are filling up fast, though, so you better not wait to get that bird booked:

Mert’s Heart & Soul214 N. College St.
Mert’s has a few options : a single fried turkey with gravy for $65; a meal feeding 2-4 with a 1/2 fried turkey, dressing with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato casserole, and cornbread for $75; or a meal feeding 6-10 people with a whole fried turkey, dressing with gravy, mac and cheese, collard greens, sweet potato casserole, and cornbread. Order at the link above.Chicken Box Cafe1331 W. Sugar Creek Rd. The “Thanksgiving Special” at this beloved fried chicken spot runs $79.99 (feeding 8-10 “easily,” they say) with a whole turkey either deep-fried or baked, two pounds of stuffing and gravy, rice and gravy, green beans, and cranberry sauce. Order at the link above.
Nana Morrison’s Soul Food2908 Oak Lake Blvd., Ste. 106This one’s for the bigger groups (or split among more than one household, to maintain the indoor gathering limit). The seasonal special is a full pan that serves 20-24, with baked, fried ($110), or Cajun turkey options. Order on the catering menu at the link above, along with a slew of side and drink options. New South Kitchen & Bar8140 Providence Rd., Ste. 300The to-go Thanksgiving meals include both a deep-fried turkey breast filet that feed 4-6 ($65, with cranberry sauce and gravy) and a deep-fried whole boneless turkey breast for $130, feeding 8-12 with cranberry sauce and gravy. Sides available include sausage and cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, collards, sweet potato casserole, and more. Order at the link above.







Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/14/20
Photo from DBA Barbeque taken by Liz
DBA Barbeque
Let DBA do the cooking!
The bird (smoked oven-ready Turkey) by itself will be between 10-14 lbs. It will come with a side of Turkey gravy with 48-hour order notice for $89.
The full Turkey To-Go meal feeds 6 and has the same smoked bird as above (10-14) lbs and includes the following sides to feed 6:-Smoked (oven ready) Turkey-Turkey Gravy-Whipped Potatoes-Sweet Potato Souffle-Garlic Green Beans-Dressing-Cranberry Relish-Corn Muffins48-hour order notice for $235
Wine packages are also available as an add on – can ask about them when calling to place the order.
ALL orders MUST be placed by Monday, November 23, 2020.ALL orders must be picked up by 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
To place an order call 404-249-5010.
A Thanksgiving Meal You’ll Want to Gobble Down at TWO: 
Thanksgiving is a time to count blessings, not carbs. Just for Thanksgiving, TWO urban licks will be offering Two-Go options that are two good to pass up. Conveniently located on the Atlanta BeltLine, TWO is offering both a la carte and bundle menus, feeding four to six people. Satisfy the whole family’s tastebuds with everything from savory to sweet. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 18th at noon and are to be picked up by Wednesday, November 25th at Bully Boy. To place an order call 404.522.4622 or email twothanksgiving@ctrxhs.com.

A La Carte Menu:
8-10lb. Half Turkey (Brined and Roasted) with Turkey Gravy – $65
White Cheddar Mac & Cheese – $18
Traditional Stuffing – $15
Green Bean Casserole, French Fried Onions – $16
Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes – $15
Candied Yams – $15
Cranberry Compote – $10
Parker House Rolls – $10/Dozen
Salmon Chips (8-10 Chips Worth) – $26
9’’ Apple Pie – $28
9” Pumpkin pie – $28
Bundle Menu Option:
8-10 lb Half Turkey (Brined & Roasted) with Turkey Gravy
1 of Each Side
Choice of Apple or Pumpkin Pie
$190 – Feeds 4-6 People
$210 – Includes 2 Bottles of Wine (Choice of White, Red, & Sparkling)

Celebrate Thanksgiving All Month Long at Red’s Beer Garden: Eat, drink, and be FULL! Throughout November, Red’s Beer Garden is giving Atlantans and foodies alike something to be eternally grateful for, The Thanksgiving Dog! Topped with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, and chives, hungry revelers can indulge in Red’s take on all-things Thanksgiving for $8.50. Enhance this tasty Thanksgiving treat by pairing it with the perfect six-pack of beers, including lagers, pilsners, stouts, Saisons, and more. Red’s is open for take-out and patio dining for optimal ways guests can enjoy The Thanksgiving Dog and full menu. Red’s Beer Garden is nestled between Grant Park and East Atlanta in Benteen Park, 1328 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information, visit www.redsbeergarden.com or call 770-637-2299.
Easy, Care-free Thanksgiving with Dantanna’s Fully Prepared To-Go Meal:
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what family and friends will want to feast on. With their new Thanksgiving-To-Go offering, Dantanna’s is ready to the cooking for parties of four.  For $160, diners can indulge in a three-course, chef-driven meal and choose a soup or salad, four sides, a 1/2 breast or 1/2 bird flavored with a choice of sage butter roasted, house rubbed and slow hickory smoked, or flash-fried in zero trans-fat soybean oil, and a dessert. Order online at dantannas.com by November 15th.  Dantanna’s Buckhead is located at the  Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304,  Atlanta, GA 30326.For more information, visit  www.dantannas.com   or  call 404.760.8873.  Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @dantannas.
Dantanna’s Thanksgiving To-Go Menu 

Soup or Salad
(Choose One)
Caesar Salad
House Salad
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Pumpkin Bisque

½ breast or ½ bird
(Choice of: sage butter roasted, house rubbed and slow hickory smoked, or flash fried in zero trans-fat soybean oil)
House-made Cranberry Sauce
Yeast Rolls
Brown Gravy

(Choose Four)

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Brussels Sprouts
Southern Fried Corn
Whipped Sweet Potatoes

(Choose One)
Chocolate Bourbon Pie
Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Eat, Drink, and Give Thanks on Thanksgiving at STK:Be extra thankful this year with STK Atlanta’s Thanksgiving offerings. Starting Wednesday, November 26 through Saturday, November 29 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., STK’s Thanksgiving menu is something to gobble about. Known for its signature and seasonal offerings, STK will be serving a roasted turkey special with chestnut cornbread stuffing, green beans, sweet potato, Yukon Gold Potatoes, old school gravy and cranberry orange chutney for $49 per person. Children 12 and under can also enjoy a roasted turkey special with all the trimmings for $29. Guests with a sweet tooth can dive into a Traditional Pumpkin Pie served with Bailey’s whipped cream and vanilla ice cream for $12. STK’s full dinner menu featuring Lobster Mac & Cheese, seafood platters, and an array of cooked-to-perfection filets, delectable sides and much more, will also be available. Bring the family or enjoy the options of takeout and delivery. For more information or to make  a reservation ,visit  https://stksteakhouse.com/venues/atlanta or call  404-793-0144.
Get Stuffed This Thanksgiving at Kona Grill: Give thanks this Thanksgiving at Kona Grill with special seasonal dining options. Beginning Tuesday, November 25 to Saturday, November 29, holiday diners can enjoy a choice between delicious Thanksgiving dishes including Traditional Roasted Turkey Plate: roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes and cream gravy, brioche stuffing, sautéed green beans, and ginger- yuzu infused cranberry sauce for $24; a Macadamia Nut Turkey Plate:  macadamia nut crusted turkey breast, miso mashed potatoes, shoyu cream sauce, sautéed green beans, and ginger-yuzu infused cranberry sauce for $26; or a Turkey Loco Plate: sautéed turkey patties, a sunny side up egg, cream gravy, whipped sweet potatoes, sautéed green beans, dried cranberry spiced pecans, pumpkin seeds, and and crispy collard greens for $26. Children can enjoy a choice of Thanksgiving trimmings such as the Kids Macadamia Nut or Roasted Turkey plates, served in a bento box with Kona’s signature orange bear, and a children’s beverage for $14. Keep the night sweet with a Macadamia Nut Pie with roasted nuts, coconut flakes, and vanilla ice cream, for just $12. The full Kona grill menu and children’s menu will also be available. Kona is open for dine-in, delivery and curbside pickup.  For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.konagrill.com/alpharetta or call 470-226-1540.

Le Bilboquet will offer a special Thanksgiving menu (here) for in-restaurant dining and to-go, featuring holiday favorites with an elevated twist, including Turkey and Homemade Dressing with pommery mustard and tarragon butternut squash, Tasmanian Trout with potato gnocchi and Pumpkin Cheesecake. The dine-in and to-go prefix will be $75 per adult and $25 per child. All to-go orders must be placed by Thursday, November 19. To make reservations, please call (404) 869-9944.

Hampton + Hudson
299 North Highland Avenue NE
The community bar and grill will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day and offer a limited menu until 11pm, featuring burgers, mac & cheese, wings, fries and a Thanksgiving Place Special. For $25, the plate includes sliced turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, a roll and pumpkin pie cheesecake. They’ll also be offering drinks specials and playing the evening’s football games on all TVs.
Let Hampton + Hudson do the cooking this year! The Inman Park restaurant is now accepting pre-orders for Thanksgiving meals to-go, including sliced turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, rolls and pumpkin pie cheesecake, for $50 for two or $100 for four. A la carte sides of these dishes are also available. Pre-orders can be placed online here through Wednesday, November 18 at 12pm.
Root Baking Co. – Baked goods and breads from Root Baking Co. are available for pre-order online and in person at Root Baking Co. on the second floor at Ponce City Market through Fri., Nov. 20. Pick-up is Tues., Nov. 24 from noon to 2pm.
887 Howell Mill Rd NW
BOCADO is now accepting pre-orders for Thanksgiving take-out! Available for groups of four, six or eight, the complete take-home kit includes 10-ounces of sliced, slow-roasted Leaping Waters Farm Turkey per person, a Sweet Potato Soufflé Pie with pecans and vanilla cream for dessert, plus the following sides. Orders must be placed by Friday, November 20, with pick-up at BOCADO the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 25). Meals are $85 for four, $115 for six and $145 for eight; add a bottle of prosecco to any order for just $22. Call the restaurant at (404) 815-1399 to order. 
Roasted Broccoli with garlic, calabrese pepper, tomme fondue
Creamy Potato Puree with house gravy
Red & Gold Beet Salad with tzatziki, lemon, arugula, pumpkin seeds
Wood-Fired Bread with creamy butter
DELBAR: The Inman Park Middle Eastern restaurant is now accepting pre-orders for a holiday special! Offered throughout the new year, this special feeds up to 10 people and includes spiced leg of lamb, fresh taftoon bread, torshi (pickled vegetables), sabzi polo with tahdig, zhough, dill labneh and a sabzi plate with mint, tarragon, feta, radish and walnuts. Each leg of lamb is roasted for four hours and weighs roughly 10 pounds. Orders require 48 hours notice and can be placed over the phone at (404) 500-1444. The special is $230.
The Southern Gentleman is accepting pre-orders for Thanksgiving meals now through November 22 via phone at (404) 939-9845 or email at info@tsg-atl.com. Pickup will be Wednesday, November 25, and entree options serving four-six people include Slow Roasted Turkey Roulade stuffed with brioche and confit turkey dressing & gravy ($99), Apple Cider Brined Roasted Pork Shoulder with spiced apple chutney ($99) and Herb Crusted Apple Wood Smoked Prime Rib with portobello mushroom gravy ($129). Each entree comes with a pumpkin pie. The following sides are also available in quarts for pre-order for $20 each.
Braised Green Beans with Dill
Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes
Honey Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Red Chili
Portobello Mushroom Gravy
Turkey Gravy
Hasselback Butternut Squash with Toasted Almonds
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble & Whipped Marshmallow
Honey & Orange Glazed Carrots

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms Near Charlotte

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms Near Charlotte

Tis the season to make merry! Kick the holiday season off with the sweet smell of pine when you pile the crew in the car and bring home a stunning North Carolina Christmas tree. Some farms also offer hayrides, hot chocolate, food,  gifts and more. Be sure to bring your mask and be ready to follow social distance guidelines.
Looking for the perfect background for your holiday photo? Many farms will allow photographers and clients by appointment only. Call for more information.
Distance from Charlotte is based on Center City.

Almond Christmas Tree Farm, Albermarle, NC
Distance from Charlotte: 52 minutesOpening Day: Visit the farm Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to “tag” your tree, then come back after opening day (Friday, November 27) to cut it.Bring it Home! If you miss tagging day, you can make an appointment between November 8 and opening day to select your tree. After opening day, the farm is open Thursdays and Fridays, 3 p.m. till dark, Saturdays 9 a.m. till dark and Sundays 1-5 p.m. until they sell out of trees. Prices range from $50 to $105 depending on size. Price includes cut, stand fitting, cleaning of the tree and wrapping it up so it is ready to travel. There’s lots to do at Almond Farm including a playground area for the kids, barnyard, hayrides and a gift shop with homemade jellies, honey, BBQ sauce and more!

Penland Christmas Tree Farm, York, SC
Distance from Charlotte: 47 minutesOpening Day: Friday, November 27, 2020Bring it Home! Penland Christmas Tree Farm was born when Steve Penland planted his first Christmas Tree in 1966! Steve and Judy Penland have been selling trees ever since and have passed the farm down to their daughter and son-in-law. The Christmas Tree farm is open 7 days a week so there’s no excuse not to make this fun day trip. With 6 fields of trees, there is lots of space to social distance, especially on weekdays. No reservations are required. A handwashing station has been added and saws will be wiped down after every use. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks on the hayrides and in the Treasure Barn. Staff will also be taking precautions.

Pine Top Farm, Salisbury, NC
Distance from Charlotte: 46 minutesOpening Day: Saturday, November 21, 2020Bring it Home! Want a tree to go with your Thanksgiving celebration? Pine Top Farm in Salisbury opens Saturday, November 21 with trees spaced 6 feet apart – perfect for social distancing. Choose from White Pine, Scotch Pine, Leland Cypress, Blue Ice or a precut Fraser Fir. They also sell fresh wreaths and garland to help spruce up your abode. The farm is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. till 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Photographers are welcome on days the farm is not open to the public. Call in advance for an appointment.
Grovestone Christmas Tree Farm, Albermarle, NC
Distance from Charlotte: 1 hour, 6 minOpening Day: Thanksgiving Day, November 26Bring it Home! Grovestone Christmas Tree Farm has beautiful Leland Cypress trees but they are limited this year, so make your plans now. Cash or check only. Hours can be found on the FaceBook page. Grovestone welcomes photographers by appointment only.

Grace Tree Farm, Denver, NC
Distance from Charlotte: 37 minutesOpening Day: Friday, November 27Bring it Home! The Sidell family is ready to make all your holiday dreams come true with stunning trees and a big timber pavilion perfect for pictures. Grace Tree Farm has 4 different species of trees including White Pine, Leyland Cypress, Green Giant Arborvitae and Carolina Sapphire. This is the farm’s fourth season with over 5 acres of trees to choose from. Call to make an appointment for a photography session and they can also recommend photographers. Grace Tree Farm is open through December 19. Visit the Web site for a complete list of times.

Make the holidays special this year with a trip to a choose and cut farm!
Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms, an Hour or Less From Charlotte