Updated: Nov 18
The holidays are upon us, and, due to the pandemic, more and more people will be celebrating at home, in smaller groups and maybe without family. This new normal will make holiday meals, especially Thanksgiving, a bit tricky. For those not up to figuring out how to retool a traditional menu made for 12 into a feast for just two, takeout might be the best option. Or for those, like myself, who just can't seem to muster up the energy to make an extravagant home-cooked meal after what feels like the tenth year of work from home, an alternative is necessary.
For Thanksgiving, just as for every other holiday, regular day, or period of crisis, support for Black-owned businesses remains essential. And beyond just an avenue to provide direct support to a historically marginalized community, support for Black-owned food businesses is an acknowledgment of the true reality of the local food scene. Even if roundups and listicles elsewhere only include a nominal selection of Black-owned restaurant or food business, DC is still 46% Black and has a sizeable Black business and restaurant community.
For those looking for a more diverse selection of Thanksgiving options, below find a variety of Black-owned and Black-led concepts offering Thanksgiving meals for purchase.
And if you still feel like cooking but will have a smaller group than normal this year for Thanksgiving, check out these small-batch recipes from Black food bloggers!
Black-Owned or Black-Led Thanksgiving Offerings in the DC Area
Tres Creole Catering, delivery available or pickup from Edgewood, DC
Tres Creole Catering has a variety of options for Thanksgiving, including a meal package for two people or five people, a la carte fried and roasted turkeys, pies of various sizes, and sides. Tre's Creole is also partnering with schools in the DC area to provide a free meal to a family that has been affected by COVID-19 for every meal purchase. Preorder by November 15th for pickup from Edgewood or delivery.
Chef Kenneth Clay, pickup from Ivy City, DC
Chef Kenny Clay is offering Thanksgiving meal packages for two, four, or eight people. Alternately, entrees and sides can be ordered a la carte, including Pat's Mac N Cheese, Cornbread Stuffing, and Candied Yams. Place your orders by November 20th for pickup in Ivy City.
Jackie DC, pickup from Navy Yard, DC
Jackie, the new American Bistro in Navy Yard led by chef Jerome Grant, is offering a complete Thanksgiving meal package for $258 which feeds six to eight people, complete with Turkey, gravy, sides, and dessert. Preorder for pickup.
Chef Jess, serves the DMV, delivery on 11/25
Chef Jess is offering fully-cooked dinners for anywhere from two to eight people, as well as a la carte options. The menu includes vegan entrees as well as turkeys and an Herb Crusted Pork Roast option for those who may not want Turkey this year. Place your orders by November 19th for pick-up and delivery Wednesday, Nov. 25th.
District Chop Bar, pickup from Brookland or delivery with a fee
Order from a collaborative group of local Black makers for a Thanksgiving feast featuring options from jerk turkeys to salmon, rum cake, and more! Order by November 22nd for pickup from Brookland or delivery with a $25 fee.
Eat 170, pickup from Mess Hall in Edgewood, DC
Eat 170 is offering Thanksgiving pickups out of Mess Hall, the culinary incubator in Edgewood. The menu includes $75 individual turkeys (including jerk, maple brined, Jack Daniels brined, and traditional options), a la carte side dishes that feed ten people, as well as individual portion sizes of all the staples. Contact Eat 170 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and order by November 16th.
The Shell Shack Seafood, pickup from Brentwood, MD
Order a complete meal package or a la carte dishes from The Shell Shack Seafood, a Caribbean infused seafood restaurant in MD. Entrees include everything from jerk turkeys to stuffed crab, as well as a variety of sides and desserts. Order via the website, send them a message on Instagram, or call 240-772-1185. Thanksgiving orders must be submitted by November 19th.
Money Muscle BBQ, pickup from Silver Spring, MD
Money Muscle BBQ is offering a $150 Thanksgiving dinner menu that serves four people, including turkey, ham, and prime rib entree selections. In addition, a la carte options are available. Order by November 22nd for pickup on Wednesday, November 25th from 5-9 pm. Money Muscle BBQ is also matching all donations up to $1500 for Goodprojects, a DC non-profit fighting to end poverty for 500 families. Find donation information on the ordering page.
The Welle Made Co., pickup in Hyattsville, MD
The Welle Made Co. is offering a variety of sweet and savory pies this holiday. Their signature Ghanaian meat pies (beef, chicken, and curry veg), sweet potato basque cheesecake pie, apple pie, and biscuits are the great handheld foods for socially distant gatherings and drive-by potlucks. Order by Nov. 20th to pickup on Nov. 25th in Hyattsville.
Fireman Cafe, pickup in Clinton, MD
Fireman cafe is offering deep fried turkeys along with sides by the pan available for pre-order. Call the cafe (301-744-9798) by November 24th to order for pickup on the 25th.
Get Plated, pickup from Alexandria, VA or delivery in the DMV for a fee
Get Plated's Thanksgiving menu includes a la carte selections ranging from Cajun fried turkeys to Georgia peanut pies as well as a large "traditional-ish" fixed menu that serves eight to ten for $325. Delivery requires a $150 minimum order with a $35.00 delivery fee and pickup orders are $100 minimum with no additional fee. Order by November 20th for pickup on Wednesday the 25th or delivery on Tuesday the 24th and Wednesday the 25th.
This post includes some home-based businesses, which I note clearly when I am aware of it. Their operations may or may not comply with local cottage food business laws. I choose to include them as I regularly purchase from and frequent home-based food businesses. For many Black, Brown, and other marginalized communities, home-based unlicensed food businesses are a common avenue for economic advancement and growth. They are an essential part of the local foodscape. However, any action you take based on the information shared on this blog is strictly at your own risk, and none of the authors, administrators, vendors, or anyone else connected with Feed The Malik can be held responsible for any adverse reactions or outcomes.