DeKALB – For some local businesses, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year.
Various markets and restaurants are offering specials for the holiday, including Inboden’s Meat Market in DeKalb, Country Store and Catering in Sycamore and Hillside Restaurant in DeKalb.
“It’s a busy season because it brings the family together and brings food to the table,” said Nate Inboden, Inboden’s manager. “It’s hectic. It’s a science being able to crank out orders and to be able to have the staff to supply the demand.”
Inboden’s will sell a Thanksgiving to-go dinner for $13.25 a person for at least 10 people. The dinner includes a carved turkey from Ho-Ka Farms in Waterman with 80 percent white meat and 20 percent dark meat, choice of homemade sage stuffing or homemade cranberry stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, a green bean casserole, corn pudding casserole, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls and jellied cranberries. Pre-orders must be made 24 to 48 hours in advance.
Country Store and Catering is selling Ho-Ka Farm turkeys for $2.89 a pound, homemade bread stuffing, homemade desserts, pies and brownies, and cranberry orange relish. Customers will buy everything by the pound at the store. Turkey orders must be made before Nov. 25.
Tom Ulrich, owner of Country Store and Catering, said Ho-Ka Farms has free-range turkeys that are naturally raised.
“It’s all natural like your grandma used to do it,” Ulrich said. “I encourage families to go down to Ho-Ka Farms itself and pick up a turkey themselves.”
Hillside Restaurant will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. They will sell a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberries, butternut squash, salad, pies (such as pumpkin, pecan, Dutch apple and caramel apple), squash soup, homemade bread and muffins. For nonturkey eaters, the restaurant also will offer roasted prime rib, baked ham, salmon, a vegetarian portobello spinach lasagna and a vegan stir-fry.
Nat’s on Maple in Sycamore and Jane Fargo Hotel’s Mitchel Lounge Restaurant in Sycamore will be closed on Thanksgiving.