Dishing on Thanksgiving 

Don't feel like preparing a Thanksgiving feast this year? Here are some other options to keep you out of the kitchen:

The Madison Hotel's Grill 83 is offering an all-day Thanksgiving brunch that ranges from $32 to $38 per person plus tax and gratuity for a four-course meal. Entrée choices include roasted Ashley Farms free-range turkey and honey-glazed ham with cornbread dressing and glazed baby carrots; potato-crusted tuna with braised greens and wild rice; or herb-crusted baby rack of lamb with mashed sweet potatoes and grilled asparagus.

Grill 83, 83 Madison (333-1224)

Currents at the River Inn of Harbor Town is serving a four-course Thanksgiving menu for $49.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. On the menu at the recently opened restaurant are roasted Vermont Misty Knoll turkey with glazed sweet potato, sage brioche dressing, and carrot-beet and green-bean hash; grilled Wood Creek Farms strip loin with wild mushroom ragout and celery root purée; or herb-roasted Maine halibut with braised baby spinach and saffron-shrimp risotto.

Currents, 50 Harbor Town Square (260-3300)

The Peabody hotel is offering a Thanksgiving brunch in The Skyway from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a dinner at Capriccio Grill from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost for the brunch is $45 per person for adults and $17 per person for children (ages 5 to 12) plus tax and gratuity. The three-course Capriccio dinner — which offers herb-roasted turkey breast or honey glazed ham with mashed sweet potatoes, cornbread dressing, traditional turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and green beans Almandine — costs $33 per person for adults and $15 for children plus tax and gratuity.

Peabody Hotel, 149 Union (529-4000)

For a barbecue-style smoked turkey, try the Germantown Commissary's 38-hour bird with cornbread dressing and gravy. A 10- to 12-pound turkey sells for $38.95, and an 18- to 20-pound turkey goes for $67.95. The sooner you place your order the better, but orders will be taken until Monday, November 19th.

Germantown Commissary, 2290 Germantown (754-5540)

Also in the turkey-smoking business is Central BBQ. Its 12- to 14-pound bird costs $39.99 and can be picked up hot or cold. The last day to order at the restaurant's Central Avenue location is Friday, November 16th. At Central BBQ's Summer Avenue location, you can order your smoked turkey until the day before Thanksgiving.

Central BBQ, 2249 Central (272-9377), 4375 Summer (767-4072)

Another option is picking up made-to-order Thanksgiving goodies at Miss Cordelia's. Cordelia's Table executive chef David Thornton and his crew have thought of everything. For starters, try the spinach artichoke dip, roasted red-pepper hummus, steamed jumbo shrimp, or blue cheese dip. Entrees include herb-roasted turkey and salmon, Cornish game hen, pork loin, or spiral-cut honey-glazed ham. Among the side dishes are cornbread herb dressing, groovy gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, herb-roasted carrots, sweet-potato casserole, or broccoli puff. And for dessert, there's pumpkin-spice cheesecake, bourbon pecan pies, or individual chocolate lava cakes.

The last day to order food is November 18th. For the full menu and prices, visit misscordelias.com or call the store.

Cordelia's Table, 737 Harbor Bend (526-4772)

If you want to go meatless this Thanksgiving, check out the Vegetarian and Comedy Thanksgiving Feast at the Comedy, TN club on Saturday, November 17th.

The event is the second annual vegetarian Thanksgiving for the Memphis Food Awareness group. This year's spread includes vegan stuffing, grains with tomatoes and ginger, curried greens, harisa (a traditional Armenian dish), and pumpkin cookies. The event offers live comedy and music, a cash bar for diners 21 and older, and educational material on healthful, vegetarian eating. Reservations are recommended. Cost for the meatless meal is $10, or $6 for students. To save a spot, e-mail memphis@foodawareness.org or call 737-2595.

Vegetarian and Comedy Thanksgiving Feast, Saturday November 17th, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Comedy, TN, 6102 Macon. For more information, go to

foodawareness.org.

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