Last Seating: Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Thursday & Sunday at 7pm
Sunday: Brunch 11:30am – 2pm • Full Menu 2pm – 7pm
Reports from October 1621 tell us that about 50 English Colonists and 90 Wampanoag Native Americans sat down for the first Thanksgiving feast in what is now Massachusetts. Without the Native people, it’s unlikely the Pilgrims would have survived. Native American reports of the feast are different. The feast included deer, and wild fowl likely included wild turkey, geese, duck, and quail. Much of what we consider traditional Thanksgiving fare was unknown. Potatoes and sweet potatoes hadn’t yet become staples of the English diet, cranberry sauce requires sugar to suit English tastes. Sugar was an expensive delicacy in the 1600’s- and not something our Native Americans brothers used. Likewise pumpkin pie was missing, the first recorded recipe for the pie doesn’t appear until 1654. Luckily for us and our current tastes, that is not the case today! Last year 736 million pounds of Turkey were on U.S. dinner tables. Top producer of turkey for the United States is Minnesota, followed by N.C., Arkansas ,Mississippi, Virginia, Indiana, and California. Wisconsin and Massachusetts are top producers of cranberries, with U.S. farms producing 768 million pounds of the deep red berries. Potatoes are grown in 36 states, with 5,500 producers. You may have guessed that Idaho is the top producing white state – North Carolina get the ‘top producer’ honors boasting 2.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes production. United States pumpkin production? 1.2 billion pounds of pumpkins. That’s billions! Pennsylvania and Ohio are among the top five pumpkin producing states. We’re proud of and grateful for all the Farmers that supply our Guests at Panorama.
The pumpkins from Orr’s Farm Market are spectacular! I’ve developed a pumpkin soup recipe that opened to rave reviews. The turkey we’re serving is from Ayrshire Farm – They are certified organic and certified humane. They raise heritage breeds – this year, we’ll be serving our Guests will the ‘American Bronze’. These birds look close to the wild turkey. So as you sit down to give thanks this year for all you have, your family and friends, I hope you take a minute to thank the farmer who has dedicated his life to feed all of us.
Happy Thanksgiving to you ~ may you all have a wonderful day.
Blessings to All – Chef Scott