With the trees blooming and the sun peeking its head out more often, the weather in Argentina is all wrong for Thanksgiving. But as with most beloved expat holidays, a handful of bars and restaurants have taken on the duty of hosting events to accommodate your homesickness for stuffing yourself with turkey and… well, stuffing.
Though this year’s line-up seems to have shrunk from the last, there are plenty of tables happily welcoming “los yanquis” on Thursday for Thanksgiving.
If you’re anything like the beloved Charlie Brown who, in his famous ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ said: “I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner! All I can make is cold cereal, and maybe toast!” have no fear; our guide to this year’s yanqui Thanksgiving is here to save the day.
Palermo Viejo’s infamous expat bar will transform their grey den into a family spread this Thursday for something like a Thanksgiving feast and a happy hour rolled into one. In the past they’ve showed classic movies, but this year’s dinner will be set to your favourite songs from the US (anybody remember 98 degrees??). Even though dinner includes two bottles of Budweisers, happy hour will run until 1am with plenty of specials on drinks – especially for ladies.
On the menu: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rosemary, orange and lemon potatoes, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, warm apple pie, vanilla ice cream, and two Budweiser longnecks.
When? Thursday night, two seatings – 7.30pm and 10pm
Where? Costa Rica 4619
How much?$370 per person
For those of you unfamiliar with Kansas Bar & Grill, the slightly upscale restaurant serves traditional “American” food from an Argentine Kitchen. Every year they host a Thanksgiving dinner that has all of the traditional fixings to satisfy all of your tryptophan needs.
On the menu: Stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potato puree with nut crumble, broccoli, glazed carrots, creamed spinach, and a good thick slice of pecan pie with whipped cream.
When? All night – but get there early if you’d like a good spot or have a bigger party
Where? All Kansas locations! Palermo: Av. del Libertador 4625, San Isidro: Av. del Libertador 15089, Pilar: Ruta Panamericana KM 43.5
How much? $280 a person, excluding drinks
To grab a seat at this party: Show up early, or try to make a reservation by going into one of their locations beforehand, and as always, check their Facebook for updates.
The Sheraton’s elegant Cardinale restaurant will be offering a dinner buffet with much more than turkey. If you’ve got Argentine friends eager to feast in your Thanksgiving honour who will go hungry without a proper cena the Sheraton’s dinner is the place to be.
On the menu: Full buffet of salads, seafood, picadas (Argentine cold cuts and cheeses), terrines, wraps, roast turkey, braised rib eye, fresh salmon, pumpkin sorrentinos, and an array of desserts from the hands of the hotel’s resident pastry chef.
When? Thursday, from 7pm to 12am
Where? The Sheraton’s Cardinale Restaurant, San Martín 1225
How much?$380 a person excluding drinks ($280 dinner with a $100 cubierto)
To grab a seat at this party: Email email@example.com with your party size and preferred time.
For an upscale affair where you can bump elbows with US Ambassador Mr. Noah Mamet, The American Club of Buenos Aires in association with the American Society of the River Plate, the Diálogo Argentino-Americano and the American Women’s Club, is inviting expats and friends to their swanky annual Thanksgiving bash.
On the menu: Virginia ham with a Waldorf salad, roasted stuffed turkey with mashed potatoes, vegetables, applesauce and cranberry sauce, apple pie a la mode, pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
When? Thursday, cash bar opens at 12pm, lunch is served at 1pm
Where?Viamonte 1133, 10th floor
How much?$400 a person (plus some more if the cash bar tickles your fancy)
To grab a seat at this party: R.S.V.P. by phone 4373-8802/03 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether your porteño bosses have you booked until late Thursday night or you just can’t be bothered to tuck in until the weekend, The Park Hyatt’s Thanksgiving brunch is combining Buenos Aires’ trendiest meal with the revered US feast. Be warned – it’s as expensive as it is delicious.
On the menu: Roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, pumpkin puree, glazed carrots, cashew wild rice, raisin and apple brioche, peas with pecans and, of course, pumpkin pie.
When? Sunday 29th November, 12.30pm
Where? Avenida Alvear 1661, Posadas building, room 1350
How much? $1,100 per person and $600 for children
To grab a seat at this party: Call 5171-1330 or email email@example.com for reservations.
If you trust yourself a little more than Charlie Brown and are planning on making your own Thanksgiving, here’s everything you need to know about your basic ingredients.
Granja Converso (on Billinghurst and Lavalle) sells turkeys who lived glorious free-range lives in Córdoba. Seriously, with a mountain of expat recommendations, this is a good place to go to pick up your delicious bird. Piaf is another option, and delivers. The aforementioned Kansas also said they’ll be selling turkeys para llevar, so stop into one of their locations or call to pick-up a pre-made bird if the thought of opening your oven is too much to bare. In years past, barbecue sanctuary El Tejano (Honduras 4416) sold juicy Texan turkeys brined in Coca Cola for 24 hours before being smoked for 18. We couldn’t get a confirmation from them for about this year’s birds, but we recommend inquiring on their Facebook page!
Thankfully most of the ingredients needed to whip up your favourite sides and desserts can be found at any verduderia or supermarket. Green beans, mushrooms, corn, onions, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, panko breadcrumbs, chicken and beef broth, heavy cream, light cream, flour, any cheese or milk imaginable, fresh macaroni pasta, dinner rolls, asparagus, brussels sprouts, roasted nuts, pumpkin, sugar, and eggs are all fresh and available pretty much anywhere you look.
For fresh pies, start with a tarta crust in lieu of the usual piecrust and go at the rest from scratch! If you haven’t discovered that you can find better vanilla or “Crema Americana” ice cream here than you could find in The States, you should probably start packing your bags now… The one thing you’ll have a lot of trouble finding is cranberry sauce – Barrio Chino is the only place in the city that sells cranberries, but they’re dried. We suggest either subbing the sauce with a cherry based version or skipping it all together!
Good luck, and happy feasting!