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Nov 22, 2009
09:00 AM
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Not Home for the Holidays

Not Home for the Holidays

Songs and movies extol it—being with the family at Thanksgiving.  But exactly whose family—yours or his? And in whose home—where? Going home for the holidays is not always possible for whatever reason.  Since these annual observances take on ritualistic significance, depression can ensue.  Concentrate on what you won’t miss. Uncle Fred complaining about the mashed potatoes being cold.  The Jell-O salad with carrots and pineapple your mom always makes ‘just for you’—that you never liked! Your sister-in-law asking (again), “Haven’t you put on a little weight?”

 There is something to be said for a holiday without drama, dirty dishes and leftover turkey prepared more ways than Paula Dean has recipes. It’s refreshing to have exactly what you want and have someone wait on you.  Of course, be sure and call the relatives and let them know how much you miss them.  Beside, Christmas is coming.


Here are Madison restaurants serving on Thanksgiving (click on the links for more details):


Capitol Chophouse will serve a Thanksgiving Day Brunch Buffet between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Coachman’s Golf Resort in Edgewater hosts a turkey day buffet (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) that’s become an annual tradition.


Dayton Street Grille at The Concourse will offer a Thanksgiving Feast (buffet), 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 


Old Feed Mill Restaurant in Mazomanie puts on a special spread for T-giving.


Quivey’s Grove features a traditional Thanksgiving menu in the Stone House with an appetizer buffet in the Stable Grill prior to your dinner.


Samba Brazilian Grill pairs their regular rodizio service (salad buffet) with Turkey and holiday favorites (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.).


The Edgewater is famous for its holiday buffets and will serve a traditional feast Thursday from noon until 8 p.m. (last seating at 6 p.m.). 

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Dan CurdI found my interest in writing by accident. My training and first job was as a graphic designer. Unemployed, the only employment I could find in advertising at that time was as a copywriter. Somehow, I convinced Richard Newman & Associates to hire me. Later I learned they were desperate. Madison has been my home off and on since 1957 (nonstop for the past 31 years). I write about food, which I love. – Dan Curd

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