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Nov 5, 2011 07:38 PM

Prepaired Thanksgiving Day Dinner - Metro Detroit

Due to circumstances, I'm looking into buying a prepared turkey and all the fixins for this Thanksgiving. Totally new to this, so I'm looking for suggestions.

So far I've got two options:

HoneyBaked Ham -

Costco -

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  1. There was an article in the Detroit News this past week about the owner of Steve and Rocky's raising his own turkeys to sell for Thanksgiving. They're apparently both very good and pricey, but I'm pretty sure that there is no inexpensive way to buy a prepared Thanksgiving meal. I'd call ASAP if you're interested.


      You'll have to snap up this coupon in the next day or so to get the deal. Colasanti's is a nice market.

      1. There are so many options out there it might help if we can narrow it down a bit:

        How many people to feed?
        Do you have an upper price limit?
        Do you have specific food requirements (organic/free-range/gluten-free, etc)
        Where are you and how far can you travel to pick up (or do you need delivery)?
        Do you have facilities to reheat or do you need it to be hot?

        Pretty much all the markets, high end to low, will have Thanksgiving packages: Whole Foods, Nino Salvaggio, Papa Joe's, Hiller's, Kroger, Meijer, you name it. Many restaurants have to-go packages as well. Here are a couple, both on the east side of town:

        Of your 2 suggestions, I always think Honeybaked (though tasty) is a little bit on the pricey side, and Costco's turkey-dinner-in-a-box doesn't really seem like that great a deal ($149 for a turkey + 4 sides) because you're paying for the shipping. Even subtracting the $20 Costco card you'd get, I think you could do better locally.

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        1. re: gooddog

          Answers to your questions:

          6 people to feed, some leftovers would be good.
          $150 (-$20 cash card) is Ok.
          No food requirements, other than tasting good.
          Delivery is not mandatory. I live in Canton and could pick up locally. Probably wouldn't want to drive more than 1/2 hour, so east side is out.
          Reheating is fine.

          Although I love HoneyBaked Ham, their Turkey Breast is nowhere as good, to me. Maybe the whole Turkey is better

          I've looked at Kroger, Meijer, web sites and could not find anything. Maybe it's too early?

          Whole Foods has a number of options, looking at them now.

          From what the article (in the Freep, by the way) said, the turkeys are fresh and dressed, not prepaired.

          The Colasanti's deal looks good, but Highland would take almost an hour.

          Thanks to all.

          1. re: Ken H

            You could start with your local markets: Holiday Market, Hillers, Buschs. Even though they may not have anything on their websites, I am sure they do this and there will be something in their weekly ads very soon with package deals.

            The Freep runs a listing every year of restaurants that will be serving Thanksgiving dinner; I believe they also mention which of them have carry-out available. Probably be in the paper this week.

            Here's one caterer in Northville that, though I've never ordered Thanksgiving from them, I've had good luck with in the past:


            1. re: gooddog

              I was going to suggest Holiday Market as well...

              I've been happy with 99% of the prepared food I've gotten from them

              1. re: coney with everything

                Then may I kindly suggest that you avoid buying one of their lemon meringue pies? It's possible that they're not made in-house, but whether they are their own recipe/creation or not, the result's the same: that's some *lousy* lemon meringue pie. Avoid.

                1. re: boagman

                  OK :)

                  If I'm buying a pie, it's either the massive Costco $3.99 pumpkin pie (which I actually like), or something Achatz

        2. Going for the truly pedestrian here: Kroger is advertising a meal to feed 10-12 for $79.95.

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          1. re: RedTop

            That said, a question: are you really going to trust dressing and mashed potatoes to catering?

          2. Hello, Ken,

            This is Kroger's ad for this week. Please scroll to very bottom of page for their Thanksgiving Dinner options:


            Hope that your Thanksgiving dinner, whatever it may be, is wonderful and enjoyed with all of those dear to you. Happy Thanksgiving!