For the past twenty-nine years the Bistro has been shuttered for Thanksgiving so that our employees can spend America's special day with their families and loved ones.
An exception to the tradition of being closed on Thanksgiving was the Bistro's first Thanksgiving Day just over thirty years ago. Susan and Sean were both born in Canada. They are immigrants to this country, just like the forebears of all Americans who have given thanks for living in the greatest country on earth.
On that first Bistro Thanksgiving, the Bistro had only been open for a few weeks.
Times were tight and offering a special Thanksgiving dinner seemed the only practical alternative to losing an evening's sales. The staff's faces during service were more akin to those enduring a funeral than celebrating a happy holiday.
Sean and Susan blame that dour evening on their inexperience as restaurateurs and Americans. They did not realize that being part of the greatest country on earth is taking one special day to be grateful for the opportunity.
They developed the Bistro tradition of being closed for Thanksgiving.
The Beach Bistro team and the teams at Eat Here's Anna Maria Kitchen and Siesta Kitchen will not be at their work , but they wish you well on Thanksgiving Day and they look forward to helping you celebrate evening.
Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second of October. It is not as sacred a day as it is in America but it is still a special day for our Canadian cousins.They are currently thankful for having a new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. Sean and his father both worked to elect the first Trudeau. In Thanksgiving for this historical event, the Beach Bistro and Eat Here Restaurants will be toasting our Canadian visitors from December first through the twenty-first. Our Canuck cousins should just salute the staff on entry with "a toast to Trudeau" and the first one is on us.
Flip it over. Visit the Turkey Tips blog post for more explicit tips on a better bird accomplished by baking the gobbler breast side down. Hint - the juices flow down into the breast. Flip it back for the last thirty minutes to brown the bird for the photo session.
Serve beef instead. Imagine a seared and oven roasted Prime American tenderloin on a platter with oyster mushrooms in a port-demiglace kissed with bĂ©arnaise. If those early Pilgrims with the buckles on their hats could have had American Prime Beef instead of turkey you know they would have. If you can't get the tenderloin , we will have it for you .
Get hip with veggie temperatures. Serve those roasted roots just warm or room temperature tossed with herbs and a good olive oil. Keeps the visiting relatives from fighting over oven space and burner tops.
The little Pilgrim salt shaker on your Thanksgiving table is looking pensive because he is thinking how great some Northwest Pinot Gris would be with that big bird dinner. Excellent Pinot Gris are readily available from Adelsheim and Chateau Ste. Michelle. The wines are both more subtly spicy and refreshingly floral company with turkey dinner.
The Beach Bistro and Eat Here's Anna Maria Kitchen and Siesta Kitchen will be closed for Thanksgiving and will reopen serving dinner evening.