This week was Halloween, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! That means it is time to start thinking about what you will contribute to Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, my sister just sent a text a couple of weeks ago asking us to sign up to bring out favorite dish. All of these things made me reflect on the Taste of Atlanta’s “The Big Grill: Grills Gone Wild” event that took place last month. I was a little bummed that I couldn’t attend the main events on Saturday and Sunday, which featured food from over 80 amazing restaurants around Atlanta, due to a heavy photography schedule. But, I was thrilled that I could attend Friday’s special event! “The Big Grill” event gave visitors the chance to sample a variety of grilled items, from cod sliders to shrimp tacos to ribs. I can’t wait to visit some of the participating restaurants to try full-sized plates.
As we near the Thanksgiving season, here are three take-home points from “The Big Grill” that we can apply to the holiday season:
1. Sample a bit a everything. The great thing about The Taste of Atlanta’s “The Big Grill” event was that your entry ticket allowed you to sample all of the restaurants. And let me tell you…all of the restaurants were absolutely delicious! It was a wonderful opportunity to get some ideas on how to put a little twist on different dishes. What does this have to do with Thanksgiving? Well, typically, Thanksgiving is a day for grazing all day…trying a little bit of this and a little bit of that. It’s hard not to feel gluttonous. But, go ahead! Sampling a little bit of everything is the only way to determine which items are worth a second trip and a few extra pounds!
2. Don’t forget the ribs. In my family, we sort of do Thanksgiving on Thursday AND Friday, with new food being served alongside leftovers on Friday. I’ve decided that I will contribute my signature ribs on Friday. They fall off the bone and are lick your fingers good! I was happy to see that there were some ribs at “The Big Grill” event and a bit surprised that more restaurants weren’t serving them. I guess folks were trying to serve up variety. But, you can’t go wrong with an old favorite!
3. Bite-size desserts make you feel less guilty. After sampling a few restaurants, I knew that my belly didn’t need any more food. Then, I saw these cute, little banana pudding bites. “Just a little bite won’t hurt me,” I thought. That will probably be my mantra on Thanksgiving. Last year, I made these malted milk chocolate chip cookies. This year, I’m planning to make a different type of chocolate chip cookie that is equally good. But, I think I will try to help everyone’s conscience by making them in bite-size portions. That way, reaching for two or three (okay, maybe four) won’t feel so bad!
Thanks, Taste of Atlanta, for granting me media access to this event! I can’t wait to attend next year!