I love my mom. I really, really do. She is so loving, so sweet and so caring that nothing, and I mean nothing, makes her happier than having the entire family together over the holidays for one of her classic Thanksgiving feasts. She’s up, cooking for days, just to make us happy.
So how am I going to tell her that I’d rather have my Thanksgiving meal at The Table Creekside this year?
Seriously. Of all the holiday meals, Thanksgiving can be a bit repetitive. I know green bean casserole was a hit a few decades back, but my taste buds have grown up since then. Same with candied sweet potatoes! Holiday traditions should be honored, but every so often, the menu should be jazzed up to reflect the table of adults in our family, instead of catering to the traditional dishes we clamored for as kids.
So why go to The Table Creekside? First of all, they have never been open on Thanksgiving before . . . this will be their first year. So for the last 6 months, Chef Pedro Flores and Chef Rafael Manzano have been working on a menu that takes the traditional and elevates it to the tra-la-la-ditional. (I made up that word!) Check out the menu at the-table-creekside-thanksgiving-2016
I mean seriously, I see some of my favorite fall flavors, like their Jerusalem Artichoke Chowder, and a deconstructed baked Washington oyster with Chorizo oyster brulee, oyster lobster pudding, beer battered crispy oyster. I can’t ask my mom to do this! Can I?
So along comes local foodie maven, Judi Gallagher, who invites Mart and I to a private tasting of the Thanksgiving feast offered at The Table Creekside. Cool . . . maybe mom’s feelings can be spared after all! We join a table of 12 foodies and dine “family style,” sharing portions of some of the delectable, delightful, delicious, and may I add decadent items on The Table’s Thanksgiving menu.
First up was a picture perfect Global Raw Bar platter, with Alaskan King Crab, Peruvian mussel cocktail, Nantucket clams and lobster salad. Alongside this platter brimming with briny goodness were three complimenting seafood sauces; a watermelon radish cocktail sauce, kumato tomato mignonette and shishito sauce. Can I suggest The Table Creekside package these up in a set that we can buy at Creekside Trader’s gift shop?
“I could live at The Table’s Raw Bar,” one of our fellow foodies exclaimed. Keep in mind, the raw bar you’ll get will feature smaller portions than the one in our photo. . . after all, there were 12 of us!
Next up was some of the decadence I mentioned earlier. An oven roasted Hudson Valley Foie Gras served with sweet hominy cake, port glazed figs and topped with a fried quail egg. Believe me when I tell you that not a speck of food was left on any dish headed back to the kitchen. Those port glazed figs . . . what can I tell you that you can’t already determine just looking at the photo! Delicious!
Seriously, when food is this good, we could have stopped right there and we’d have missed out on their dialed up versions of everyone’s Thanksgiving classics. . .The Table’s Pilgrim Carving Feast! (Sorry mom!) This was a show stopper of organic roasted turkey stuffed with chanterelle, wood ear, truffle and chestnut stuffing, with California root vegetable confit over a foie gras giblet reduction. Unbelievable! The turkey was as moist and juicy as any I’ve ever enjoyed, and the stuffing . . . well, did someone say truffle? Wow!
Another hit on the plate was the California root vegetables, especially the roasted Brussels sprouts. There’s nothing as tasty as roasted veggies, unless you consider The Table’s side dish – a sweet potato cobbler with an embellished baked crust. As much as this was too beautiful to cut into, it was also too tasty to ignore. (We fought over the left overs. . . just saying!)
Totally satiated, we all thought it time to push back from the table and extend our heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to sample such amazing food, but out came The Table’s manager, Matthew, with servings of colossal popcorn-poached Maine lobster. Are you kidding me? Served with a side of white hominy pudding, haricot vert albarino grape California stir fry and oyster crisp, osetra caviar, this savory entree easily felt like dessert to me. The lobster was sweet and refreshing, while the hominy (one of those veggies I could give or take,) put in Chef Rafael’s capable hands, became a pudding I would happily have seconds of. Yum! Yum! Yum!
So, please understand my dilemma . . . there’s mom, who’s loved and nurtured me all my life, and then there’s the Pilgrim’s Carving Feast at The Table Creekside. . . for only one day a year. What to do, what to do? Maybe I can talk Mom into taking the day off! I’ll just show her these pictures, and the beautiful water view at The Table Creekside.
Get your reservations by calling The Table at 941-921- 9465.