This week, many restaurants are focused on Thanksgiving (see where you can dine out here) and our guess is you’re probably busy getting ready for the big holiday too. When you’re done picking up last-minute items, consider giving back to the community to help the hungry, or plan to do so in the near future. After all, it is the season of giving.


If you’re still trying to scrounge up some side dishes for Thanksgiving — stepping away from the same old stuff — we’ve got a few ideas in mind.

Brussels sprouts by Jamie Hollander

Kids are known for saying Brussel sprouts are “yucky,” but when you add crispy bacon, any vegetable can become delicious. Check out this recipe to see how you can doctor up the sprouts. If you’re looking for a meatless way to spruce up the vegetable, try adding shallots and walnuts for a new Thanksgiving staple.

Bread is a must-have for the table (how else are you going to mop up the gravy?) and Rillings Bucks County Bakery is taking orders today, Monday, November 23 for Thanksgiving orders. They have an assortment of pastries and pies, like apple lattice and pumpkin pie, but they also have breads and rolls like pumpernickel kaplens, snowflake rolls and challah bread. Call 215.357.3860 to place your order. Also Tabora Farm in Chalfont makes nineteen types of pies, most for $12.99. See their website for complete information.

Sourdough Bread

Stockton Market in New Jersey will be open on Wednesday, November 25 so you can pick up any last-minute
Thanksgiving trimmings. One of their vendors, Apple Ridge Farm, will have chicken pot pies and soup added to their selection of hearth baked breads. They specialize in stone oven baked sourdough breads where they use ingredients from their farm. Here’s a full list of their vendors which you are welcome to check out in case they have something you are looking for to make your dinner complete.

If you’re still searching for the best sweet treats, give Maryanne Pastry Shoppe a call to see what they have to offer for Thanksgiving dessert. Located in Doylestown, the shop has pastries, pies (amazing sticky buns) and lots of other goodies. You can reach them at 215.230.8885.

Citrus, Fennel & Pomegranate Salad_frame; photo by H. Kirby

We haven’t forgotten our vegan and vegetarian friends. Holly Kirby, a vegetarian restaurateur in Bucks County gives some great tips and recipes on how to make family classics while still sticking to the vegan needs. Try out a citrus, fennel and pomegranate salad or quinoa pilaf with green apples, dried cranberries and pecans. With dishes that look this good (and no doubt, taste good) you don’t even need a centerpiece. She wrote a blog entry that includes the recipes to those dishes and more, which you can find here.

Turkey balls_ Wycombe Publick House; photo credit Lynne Goldman

Turkey Balls! Last year the Wycombe Publick House introduced Turkey Balls, and started a new pre-Thanksgiving tradition in our household. What’s a turkey ball, you may ask? It’s Thanksgiving all rolled into one. A turkey ball is mashed potatoes and stuffing, with shredded turkey in the middle, formed into a ball, coated with panko crumbs and deep-fried. Then served with gravy over the top and a side of cranberry sauce. The turkey balls became so popular that they are now on the permanent menu. The Wycombe Publick House is in Wycombe, PA near the intersection of Township Line Road and Mill Creek Road in Wrightstown Township. See you there Wednesday night!

Rolling Harvest Food RescueIf you are done planning your dinner and looking for a way to give back, this week there is one place in particular where you can volunteer before the holiday. On Wednesday, November 25 head to Gravity Hill Farm in Titusville, NJ (which is Mercer County, but it’s a great way to give back so we had to mention it) and join them for their Final Harvest. From 9:30 am – 12 pm come to the farm to help harvest for local food pantries. People will be there ready to help, rain or shine. They will also be serving hot drinks and soup for your efforts.

Other Bucks County area places to volunteer include Rolling Harvest Food Rescuewhere they look for volunteers ages 14 and up to assist with the pick-up, delivery and occasional harvesting (gleaning) of donated fresh produce and healthy foods. Fisherman’s Marka non-profit that serves the New Hope-Lambertville area, are in need of volunteers for their Food Pantry, truck deliveries and keeping their campus tidy.

Cultivating Communities Campaign in Telford also is on a mission to increase year round access to local and fresh grown produce for low-income families in the North Penn/Indian Valley area. They’re looking for volunteers and they give flexible hours for weekly projects. United Way of Bucks County is always needs volunteers with a variety of talents who are willing to give time to a great cause. Visit their website to see what they have coming up and how you can help out.


Do you know about the Bucks County Taste Dinner Club? Try new restaurants, meet nice people and eat some very good food. No membership dues but you will want to get on the email list so you are the first to know of an upcoming event. Click here to join the Bucks County Taste Dinner Club email list.

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Monday, November 23:

  • Burger Night – Wycombe Publick House, 1073 Mill Creek Road, Wycombe, PA [4 – 10 pm]
  • Lambertville Local Love – Lambertville House, 32 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ [5 – 9 pm]
  • Locals Night – Caleb’s American Kitchen, U.S. 202, New Hope, PA [5 – 10 pm]
  • Chef’s Choice Prix Fixe – Hearth, 7 East Ferry Street New Hope, PA [5 – 10 pm]
  • Monday Night Mexican & Blues Night – Fran’s Pub, 116 South Main Street, New Hope, PA [5:30 – 10 pm]
  • Monday Wine Special plus Surf & Turf – Yardley Inn, 82 E. Afton Ave., Yardley, PA [5:30 – 10 pm]
  • Half Price Burgers Night Continental Tavern, 2 North Main Street Yardley, PA [6 – 10 pm]
  • All You Can Eat Wings – Fireside Smokehouse, 237 Elmwood Ave, Feasterville, PA [7 – 10 pm]

Tuesday, November 24:

  • Cheese Steak Night – Wycombe Publick House, 1073 Mill Creek Road, Wycombe, PA [4 – 10 pm]
  • All You Can Eat Crabs Legs & Trivia Night – Fran’s Pub, 116 South Main Street, New Hope, PA [4:30 – 6:30 pm]
  • Lobster Fest – The Buck Hotel, 1200 Buck Road, Feasterville-Trevose, PA [5 – 9 pm]
  • Locals Nights – DeAnna’s Restaurant, 54 North Franklin Street, Lambertville, NJ [5 – 9:30 pm]
  • Locals Night – Quinoa Peruvian & Mexican Restaurant, 762 North Easton Road, Doylestown, PA [5 – 10 pm]
  • Locals Night – Trattoria Tiramisu, 31 South State Street, Newtown, PA [5 – 8 pm]
  • All-you-can-eat Spaghetti Night – Bell’s Tavern, 183 N. Union Street, Lambertville, NJ [5 – 10 pm]
  • Locals Hamburger NightCarversville Inn, 6205 Fleecydale Road, Carversville, PA [5:30 – 11 pm]
  • Sushi Night in the Wine Cellar The Inn at Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ [6 – 10 pm]

Wednesday, November 25:

  • Community Lunch – Centenary United Methodist Church, North Union Street, Lambertville, NJ [12 – 2 pm]
  • Final Harvest – Gravity Hill Farm, 67 Pleasant Valley Rd, Titusville, NJ [9:30 – am 12 pm]
  • Specialty Keg Tappings – Isaac Newton’s, 18 South State Street, Newtown, PA [12 – 9 pm]
  • Wings & Yuengs – Wycombe Publick House, 1073 Mill Creek Road, Wycombe, PA [4 – 10 pm]
  • Locals Night El Tule, 49 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ [5 – 9 pm]
  • Mexican Night – Taste of the World, Union Square, New Hope, PA [5 – 9 pm]
  • Prime Rib Night – Temperance House, 5 South State Street, Newtown, PA [5 – 9 pm]
  • Locals Nights – DeAnna’s Restaurant, 54 North Franklin Street, Lambertville, NJ [5 – 9:30 pm]
  • Steak Night – Fran’s Pub, 116 South Main Street, New Hope, PA [5:30 – 10 pm]
  • Relax and Un-Wine: Wine & Cheese Night – Carriage House Restaurant -Route 29, Gravel Pike, East Greenville, PA [6 – 10 pm]
  • The Raven Supper Club – Poe Bistro Lounge, 385 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA [6:30 – 10 pm]
  • Rib Night – Fireside Smokehouse, 237 Elmwood Ave, Feasterville, PA [7 – 10 pm]

Thursday, November 26: THANKSGIVING

  • Locals Night – Taste of the World, Union Square, New Hope, PA [2:30 – 3:30 pm]
  • Community Hero Night – Wycombe Publick House, 1073 Mill Creek Road, Wycombe, PA [4 – 10 pm]
  • Prime Rib Night – Steam Pub, 606 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, PA [4 – 10 pm]
  • Happy Hour Raw Bar – DeAnna’s, 54 N.Franklin Street, Lambertville, NJ [4:30 – 6:30 pm]
  • Italian Night – Lovin’ Oven 62A Trenton Ave. (Route 29) Frenchtown NJ [5 – 9 pm]
  • All You Can Eat Pasta or Wings Night – Fran’s Pub, 116 South Main Street, New Hope, PA [5:30 – 10 pm]
  • Locals Night – Trattoria Tiramisu, 31 South State Street, Newtown, PA [5 – 8 pm]
  • Complimentary Beer Tastings – Iron Abbey, 680 North Easton Road, Horsham, PA [7 – 9 pm]

Friday, November 27:

  • Beer Tasting – Phillips’ Fine Wines, 17 Bridge St, Stockton, NJ [4 – 8 pm]
  • Happy Hour Raw Bar – Deanna’s, 54 N. Franklin Street, Lambertville, NJ [4:30 – 6:30 pm]
  • Prime Rib Night – Carversville Inn, 6205 Fleecydale Road, Carversville, PA [5:30 – 11 pm]
  • A Night of Oysters & Champagne – Milford Oyster House, 92 Water St, Milford, NJ [5:00 – 10 pm]
  • Friday Freestyle Flights of Wine – The Washington House, 136 N. Main Street , Sellersville, PA [5:00 – 10 pm]
  • Food Truck Fridays – Bucks County Brewery, 31 Appletree Lane, Pipersville, PA [6 – 10 pm]
  • Music, Pizza & Merlot – Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd., Pennington, NJ [6 – 9 pm]
  • Rock the Vines – Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Rd, Ringoes, NJ [6 – 9 pm]

Saturday, November 28:

  • Quakertown Farmers Market Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Road, Quakertown, PA [9 am – 9 pm]
  • Free Lunch – St. Martin of Tours Parish, 1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope, PA [11:30 am – 1 pm]
  • Wine Tasting – Stockton Fine Wines, 17 Bridge Street, Stockton, NJ [12– 6 pm]
  • Pig Roast – Newtown Farmer’s Market, South Eagle Road, Newtown, PA [12 – 4 pm]
  • Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse Farm TourBobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, 369 Stamets Road, Milford, NJ [2 – 3 pm]
  • Beer Tasting – New Hope Beverage, 6542-K1 Lower York Rd (Logan Square), New Hope, PA [3 – 7 pm]
  • Music, Pizza & Merlot Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd., Pennington, NJ [6 – 9 pm]

Sunday, November 29:

  • Firehouse Breakfast – Haycock Fire Company, 850 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown, PA [8 am – 12 pm]
  • Sunday Brunch – The Hearth, 7 East Ferry Street, New Hope, PA [9 am – 3 pm]
  • Quakertown Farmers Market – Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Road , Quakertown, PA [10 am – 5 pm]
  • Stockton Market – 19 Bridge St., Stockton, NJ [10 am – 4 pm]
  • Sunday BrunchThe Raven, 385 W. Bridge St, New Hope, PA [11 am – 3 pm]
  • Jazzy Sundays – Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd., Pennington, NJ [2 – 5 pm]

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