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Nov 13, 2012 10:55 AM

Pre-cooked Thanksgiving Dinner - Wegmans vs Whole Foods

Any thoughts on these two options?

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  1. Nice topical post. I'm no help but I did see several people signing up for T dinner at whole paycheck this past sunday evening. They had a special rep at the courtesy desk

    1. Yea, I have a few days left, I'm wondering which route I should go

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      1. re: fldhkybnva

        I've never had the whole paycheck one, but my sister got the Wegmans Thanksgiving dinner and liked it a lot. However, she does like her food on the plain side, so I am not quite sure how to rate the choice.

        1. re: adventuresinbaking

          My sister did this from Wegmans one year and "plain" is a very good description. I always thought my love for Wegmans had no end, but they stink at prepared foods. It's like they are afraid to season anything.

          Anyway, the food looks very nice and is not dry or anything, but it is plain and not memorable at all.

          I have read in several different places people raving (RAVING!) about Bob Evans catered Thanksgiving. Who knew??

          1. re: Manassas64

            Because Bob Evans is a restaurant which regularly prepares food, using ingredients and recipes.

            Wegmans is a grocer which sells ingredients you take home to prepare your own meals.

      2. We had some of the Wegman's options at a relative's house last year, and liked those. I haven't had the Whole Foods version, so can't comment on how they compare!

        1. I ordered a full spread from Whole Foods and will report back.

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          1. re: fldhkybnva

            I think you made a good choice because I have had a lot of WF prepared foods over the years, from different stores in different states and it's all good, all flavorful and all well-seasoned. I don't think you can go wrong there.

            As I said above, I was not a fan of the Wegmans Thanksgiving spread at all.

          2. I just returned from a Tday dinner from Whole Foods. It was excellent and surpassed all my expectations. Included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pumpkin pie. All nicely seasoned. I could not make a better spread.

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            1. re: elise h

              I agree. My Whole Foods dinner was lovely. I can't stop dipping into the leftovers. Honest reviews - the turkey was a bit on the dry side but I perhaps might have over-reheated and after all it is turkey breast, the macaroni and cheese casserole is very cheesy so if you're into cheesy cheesy it's right up your alley, the sage stuffing was well seasoned, the mashed potatoes were lovely smooth and well-seasoned (though I did add some roasted garlic as I had a craving for some garlic). All of the desserts were fabulous as well - sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie and chocolate dream cake. I did not have the rolls, but the cornbread is quite addicting! In fact, I was too full to have apple pie for dinner last night and just had it for breakfast and it was fantastic. I highly recommend this dinner. Easy to reheat and after dinner the dishes were piled into the dishwasher and clean in 30 minutes.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                A big YES and Thank You to the Whole Foods prepared dinner.
                I've always cooked before, so this was a risky move for us. Anyhow, I ordered the dinner for 4, which included a large whole precooked turkey breast, a dozen roles, 2 containers each of mashed potatoes and gravy, a large container of green beans with toasted almonds, a tub on cranberry sauce, and a large apple pie. Everything was WONDERFUL, and there were plenty of leftovers. All I added were olives, carrot sticks, and some Trader Joe's mashed sweet potatoes and a feast was had by all. There's no Wegman's near me, but from what I've read, the Whole Foods dinner wins hands down.

                1. re: bobbieesol1

                  I will add to my review a comment about portion sizes which might only apply to my gluttinous bunch. We are pretty big eaters, particularly on Thanksgiving and tend to load up on side dishes and feed on leftovers for a while when we cook up a big meal. The meal I ordered came with 32 oz sides (each 1 container) which I was skeptical would go very far in this house (yea, big eaters) for dinner let alone leftovers and so was glad that I picked up extras. The roasted turkey breast however was a great portion and we have a lot of that leftover. If you're big on side dishes/stuff your belly sized portions though or want a lot of leftovers, either order a dinner for more than the number of people you have or pick up extras from the prepared food section when you check out the size of your order at pick up.