This Week’s Hautest Happenings in Boston 11/23/15

It’s Thanksgiving week so we have a lot to celebrate and be grateful for. To celebrate, we recommend doing it in foodie style with a Food for Thought Dinner or a lunch cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston. Here’s a look at some of this week’s hautest happenings in Boston:

Tonight, head over to the Mandarin Oriental at 6 p.m. for the 22nd Annual Food for Thought Dinner to Benefit Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic and Preventive Food Pantry. Proceeds from the event will help BMC meet the increasing needs of Boston’s most vulnerable families and bring attention to food insecurity issues across the country. The Grow Clinic targets malnutrition and failure to thrive, which may lead to lasting physical and developmental deficits, learning and emotional disorders, and difficulty fighting infection. The Food Pantry assists individuals with “prescriptions” for supplemental and therapeutic foods to promote physical health, facilitate recovery and prevent future illness. This year, participating restaurateurs include Chef Jody Adams, Fiona and Chef Gordon Hamersley and Chef Lydia Shire.

If you are looking for something fun to do this Thanksgiving with the family, book a lunch cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston on Thursday. Instead of dealing with the hassle of cooking and cleaning the house, head out on this luxury cruise for the Holiday Lunch Buffet where you can enjoy a great meal with a beautiful view of the Boston skyline. Boarding starts at 1:30 p.m. from the Seaport World Trade Center and the cruise sails from 2 to 4 p.m.

Mandarin Oriental, BostonPhoto Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Another way to escape the cooking this Thanksgiving holiday, call the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. They will rescue you from any cooking disasters by providing the turkey and all the trimmings prepared by their culinary professionals. All you have to do is pick up the pre-packaged meal, which is available in packages for 4-6 or 10-12 guests. The extravagant dinner includes an oven roasted turkey complete with gravy, citrus-infused mandarin orange and cranberry chutney, chestnut and sausage stuffing, lobster macaroni and cheese (a New England favorite), truffle infused potato puree and a carrot and green bean medley. They even have dessert planned for you – think petite tarts and a brown butter sable encrusted pumpkin pie. It doesn’t get much easier than this.

Precinct Kitchen + BarPhoto Credit: Precinct Kitchen + Bar

Admittedly, no one wants to spend the holidays in a police station, but if it’s a former police headquarters transformed into a luxury hotel, well, that’s not so bad. Located inside the Loews Boston Hotel, Precinct Kitchen + Bar is serving up an impressive Thanksgiving buffet offering from noon to 7 p.m. that includes stations for seafood, a raw bar, cheese, charcuterie, soup and salad. For dinner, indulge in a sage-crusted roasted Carolina turkey with Fuji apple and raisin stuffing, a pineapple Virginia glazed ham with a warm Bing cherry and Valencia orange chutney or peppercorn crusted prime rib with wild mushroom pinot noir emulsion.

Grill 23 & BarPhoto Credit: Grill 23 & Bar

Grill 23 & Bar is best known for their enormous cuts of dry aged steaks, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, they realize just how important turkey is to their diners, which is why they have created a menu dedicated to the day. You may order the specialty four-course Thanksgiving Day menu that includes everything from cauliflower-leek soup and an iceberg wedge salad to pastrami brined turkey with pumpernickel rye stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and Brussels sprouts. Finish it all off with a slide of pumpkin cheesecake with pecan pie sauce and bourbon whipped cream for the perfect meal. (The regular menu is also available).