The best waffles in town are back for this once-a-year event

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton takes place Nov. 14-1, 2017. CONTRIBUTED
The Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton takes place Nov. 14-1, 2017. CONTRIBUTED

When something has been going on for 88 years in town, you need to be in the know.

Especially when it involves food. 

Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church Dayton, which takes place Nov. 14-17, falls into this category. 

Here are a dozen details to know about one of the best food events in November. 

1) It's popular.

Between 1,600 and 2,000 people attend this event every November at Christ Church in downtown Dayton. 

The Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton takes place Nov. 14-1, 2017. CONTRIBUTED


2) It's affordable.

Waffles, sausage, soups, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, crafts and a white elephant sale are all on the menu. You can eat well for under $10. 


3) You are eating for a good cause.

Waffle Shop profits are given back to the community through a number of grants that are awarded every spring. In 2016 Waffle Shop gave over $20,000 in grants to local organizations involved in feeding, clothing and providing essential services to people in need within the Miami Valley, so you are eating for a deliciously good cause. 

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The Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton takes place Nov. 14-1, 2017. CONTRIBUTED


4) It's turning 88.

Waffle Shop began in November 1929. 


5) They are creative with batter.

Last year the Waffle Shop team introduced mashed potato waffles which were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G —and gluten free to boot. 


6) You can search for treasure.

In addition to the lunch there is also a rummage sale called Elsie’s Attic. Elsie was a former church parishioner who coordinated the rummage sale for many years. After her death it was named in her memory. There are also fantastic homemade baked goods and poinsettias for sale. 

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The Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton takes place Nov. 14-1, 2017. CONTRIBUTED


7) There's entertainment.

Each day features a celebrity waffle maker and local musicians, so there's always something to look at. 


8) There is carry-out dining.

Head to and download the fax sheet and get your order to go. 

The Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton takes place Nov. 14-1, 2017. CONTRIBUTED


9) Different soups are featured on each day.

Tuesday is chicken noodle, Wednesday is 15 bean soup made with beef stock, Thursday is vegetable beef, Friday is French Market and every day is a potato soup day. 


10) Arrive hungry.

Save room and finish your meal off with a piece of pie. Apple, cherry lemon meringue, pumpkin and chocolate slices will run you $2.50 each. 

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11) It's flavorful.

The sausage is a special mix you can only find at Waffle Shop. Order extra and take them home to freeze for an upcoming breakfast or, if you are like us, breakfasts. 

The Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton takes place Nov. 14-1, 2017. CONTRIBUTED


12) Call ahead.

Larger groups can call to “reserve” a table for their group to come have lunch together. 

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When the menu is waffles, sausages, soups, sandwiches and pies you know you can't go wrong. Head to Waffle Shop early in the week and don't be surprised to find yourself back there a few days later.  

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What: Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church Dayton 

Where: 20 West First Street, Dayton 

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14-17 

Dayton Music Insider: Thanksgiving Guide to Live Music

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 2:51 PM

Normally I would start off this week’s blog by telling you to go see the annual  Such a Night: The Last Waltz performance at Dayton Art Institute, but both performances are sold out already! Congrats to the organizers and musicians! And to my dear friends, please listen to me when I tell you in September to buy your ticket!

Don’t have a ticket to that amazing event? Never fear! There are TONS of great shows happening all over the Miami Valley this weekend, so get into some fun with you friends & family this holiday weekend!

Wednesday November 22nd

Looking for an enjoy show to check out with friends before Thanksgiving festivities begin? Check out the lovely  Blue Note Bistro  in Miamisburg, from 5:30-9:30pm, for some jazz with Bruce Wilkes. 

One of my absolute favorite shows of the weekend is the annual   Werksgiving  concert at  Oddbody’s Music Room. These home town boys, turned national touring act are known for their electrifying dance parties. They will have you grooving all night long! $15 day of show. Doors 8pm. Show 8:30pm. 18+

There’s a big ole group party going on at Hannah’s  on Ludlow downtown. They are inviting musicians, singers and poets for a pop up jam session, dubbed  Danksgiving Party with LuvLocz. Fun goes from 9pm-1am. 21+

Come out to Oscar’s on Thanksgiving Eve and get your gobble on. Get yourself liquored up and ready to handle those relatives that drive you crazy. Or if you love being around them, bring everyone out for a celebration and make some new memories. The Key Concepts, Neo-American Pioneers, and BENT will provide the musical backdrop for the evening and Oscar’s will provide the non-turkey & dressing fixings and a variety of libations. Show starts at 9PM. $5 cover. 21+

Friday November 24th

At Blind Bob’s, it’s another Black Friday Showcase for all those heavy metal music fans out there! The showcase features a fully stocked line-up with   Back Stabbath Maharaja,   Hexadiode and  Big Lightning.  9pm. $5 cover. 21+

I’m excited to check out soul singer Bashiri Asad  (Indianapolis) at Trolley Stop  on Friday night. He’s got an old school vibe that’s great for groups with varied musical tastes, or a swanky date night! 9:30pm. $5 cover. 21+

Hannah’s is offering a free show for all of you who have spent all your money shopping today! A special drum only set kicks off the night at 9:30pm, then at 10pm enjoy original tunes from  The Willy Clark Band
and then The DayDreamers at midnight. Free! 21+

Another early night for jazz fans at  Blue Note Bistro in Miamisburg, which features two shows: Danny Voris at 5pm, followed by the Brad Myers Trio at 8pm.

Yellow Springs folks, make sure you check out the Stark Folk Band  (on at 11pm) who will be playing a double set of old faves and new tunes at Peach’s Grill  on Friday night. The night starts off at 10pm with The Whetstone’s debut performance!  Free show! 21+

North of town, there is another dynamic rock show at Oscar’s  in Vandalia , featuring   RIND  (Rock Is Not Dead),   FOUNDING FATHERS, and   Kuber. They perform a mix of rock, new wave, indie and punk. Enjoy and rock on! 9pm-2am. $5 cover.

I know tons of jam and hard rock fans will be heading south for the Glostik Willy show at Old Crow for Black Friday. They will be joined with  Eyeris Wide, High Altitude, and  The Ram Ones. Cover: $7 (10% goes back to Chubby’s family. Chubby was a music super fan who passed recently, and helped start this annual show!) Doors: 8:00 p.m. Show Time: 9:00 p.m.

Saturday November 25th

It’s  Small Business Saturday! Make sure to support your local small businesses, especially those record stores. (Music is always the perfect gift, in my humble opinion!)

Skeleton Dust Records  downtown Dayton is also featuring live-in store performances throughout the day with Noisteria Emission  (abstract modular electronics from Dayton) and Andy Gabbard  (from Buffalo Killers) will be providing live in-store performances throughout the day as well. 12-8pm.

Hard rock / metal fans are in for another great night of music at Blind Bob’s with Neon WarshipWild SavagesGrand Mammoth, and   Bison Machine.   Very cool! 9pm. $5 cover. 21+

An eclectic show is happening at Oregon Express on Saturday with Rich Man’s TrickWhiskey For Kids, and Earth TongueThis could be RMT’s last show for awhile, so catch them while you can! Show at 10pm. $5 cover. 21+

Gin-Soaked Angels  is planning on a raging party to kick off the holidays on Saturday night when they take over  Hannah’s on Ludlow. Music kicks off at 10pm!

Metal fan alert: Whitechapel, with special guests Carnifex, Rings of Saturn, Entheos, and So This Is Suffering are going to be rockin’ out at Oddbody’s Music Room. This is a huge show, so make sure you get your tickets ASAP! $30 advance, $35 day of show. 18+ Doors 5pm, Show 5:30pm.

Dead Tuth has had enough. They explain that they’ve exceeded their expectations with their band and are deciding to call it quits. Come see their final performance with special guests from the Queen City The ZG’S and Dayton’s own  Dipspit. All this is happening at  Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia. Doors at 9, music at 10.

South of town, jazz fans at  Blue Note Bistro can enjoy music at 2 times:  Danny Voris at 5pm, followed by the Brad Myers Trio at 8pm.

Road trip! If you are up for a bit of a drive, don’t miss  The Big Damn Tryptophan Jamone of Dayton music’s traditions that has transplanted to  Octave,  a very cool new venue in Covington, KY. This year again features  Johnny Neel,  Chris Houser,  Bob Dellaposta and many other amazing musicians will be jammin together! Doors 8pm. Music 9pm. Tickets $8 at the door.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! And  as  always, thank you for supporting live music!

Your Dayton Music Insider,

Libby Ballengee

Note to Readers:  The information above is for November 23rd-25th 2017. This is a listing of interesting shows in the Miami Valley region, but is by no means definitive. There are always lots of shows, and so much space and time to touch upon them all. If I don’t list a price, I’m not sure what it is. Typically cover charges for local shows are $5. Click hyperlinks to find out more about the bands, venues, and events, including start times, directions, and ticket information.  You can keep up with my live music adventures on  Facebook,  Instagram, or  Twitter. Cheers!

This breathtaking holiday light display is celebrating 25 years -- and it returns this weekend

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Millions of colorful bulbs have transformed Countryside Park in Washington Twp. into a holiday wonderland for 25 seasons.

Woodland Lights celebrates its 25th anniversary season with the lights and sights people have come to love and a month of holiday activities. 

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Woodland Lights in Washington Twp. is one of the Dayton area’s signature holiday displays. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

To mark the occasion, every night of this year’s festival includes carriage rides, amusement rides, live animals, concessions and activities for kids. Woodland Lights offers a walk through eight acres of lights sparkling along a wooded path and a whimsical view of illuminated characters preparing for the holidays.

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Santa and his elf welcome children nightly through Dec. 23 to their historic log cabin that’s decorated for the holidays. Costumed characters visit many nights and local arts organizations take the stage on weekends. 

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Get in the holiday spirit at the Woodland Lights annual display of twinkling lights in Washington Twp. CONTRIBUTED


Cost: Tickets are available at the gate, any Washington Twp. recreation facility or online. $8 for adults. Free for children 2 and younger. 

When: Opens for the season Nov. 25. The holiday lighting festival is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 3 and nightly Dec. 8-30, except Dec. 23 and 24.

Hours: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Countryside Park on the Washington Township Recreation Campus, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Twp.

Info:  Website

Live reindeer, new pedal wagon shuttle add to the fun at this beloved holiday kickoff event

Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 10:53 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

WATCH: The 2015 Grande Illumination kicks off the Christmas season downtown
WATCH: The 2015 Grande Illumination kicks off the Christmas season downtown

Downtown Dayton will celebrate 45 years of the holiday season during the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, which kicks off with the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. 

Courthouse Square will be the center of the evening full of family entertainment.

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For the second year, there will be a photo station featuring live reindeer. The exhibit includes a sleigh and reindeer that create the perfect backdrop for holiday cards or photos.


The popular bicycle pub crawl companies are rolling out from 6-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in December as the Sugarplum Shuttle, presented by PNC Bank. 

Guests — including kids — can hop on the bikes and ride to designated stops in the Oregon District, RiverScape MetroPark and the Schuster Center. 

Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate on this non-alcoholic shuttle service as riders pedal near downtown’s major holiday attractions.

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Activities planned for the day include the Grande Illumination tree-lighting ceremony, live musical entertainment, carnival rides and games, holiday crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides and a gingerbread house display. The suggested cost for wagon rides is $1 per person, but all other activities are free.

Courthouse Square was crowded for The 42nd Annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade on Friday night. TY GREENLEES / STAFF / FILE(Staff Writer)

TREE LIGHTING AND PARADE: The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Courthouse Square, followed immediately by the Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights. Thousands of lights will illuminate the 45-minute parade, featuring a variety of festive floats, entertainers, animals and several surprises.

“The Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights is a great night for the entire family to come downtown,” said Sandra Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “It is a magical night guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.”

The Dayton Holiday Festival continues throughout the month of December with such activities as the Family Movie Series at The Neon, the Tike’s Shoppe, Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display, animated window displays and entertainment in the Schuster Center Wintergarden, and more.

The Williams family played in the life-sized snow globe at The 42nd Annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade on Friday night. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)


Grande Illumination ― The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Courthouse Square. 

Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights ― More than 100,000 lights will illuminate the floats and other units in the parade, which starts immediately following the Grande Illumination. The route: West Second Street to Main Street, south on Main Street to Fourth Street, and then west on Fourth Street. 

Live reindeer photo station — Take a family photo with a sleigh and live reindeer. It’s unique and fun way to capture your memories of the Grande Illumination and Parade! 

Main Stage Entertainment ― Enjoy live entertainment on the Courthouse Square stage. Performances begin around 4 p.m. The schedule is: 

  • 4-4:20 p.m. — Miami Valley Music Men 
  • 4:40-5:00 p.m. — Deron Bell Band 
  • 5:10-5:30 p.m. — Berachah Valley 
  • 5:40-6:05 p.m. — Dayton Gay Men's Chorus 
  • 6:20-6:55 p.m. — Alexis Gomez Trio 
  • 7:10-7:45 p.m. — Dayton Celebration Chorus 

Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest ― Contest entries will be on display in the Old Courthouse. The top amateur and professional houses each will receive $500! Winners will be announced on the Main Stage before the Grande Illumination. 

The Holiday Village ― Located in the lobby of the Kettering Tower from 4-9 p.m., this is a favorite stop for children, featuring free crafts and games for kids and Mrs. Virginia Kettering’s train on display. Kids also can make holiday arts and crafts and play games. The Holiday Village Stage schedule includes live performances. 

Street Fair on Third ― At this holiday street fair, free rides will be set up on Third Street between Main and Ludlow streets. 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides ― From 4 to 7:30 p.m., wagons will pick up passengers at the corner of Second and Main streets for a ride through downtown. Rides are $1 per person. Lines can be long, so come early. 

The Tike’s Shoppe ― For decades, children in Dayton have been able to shop for their loved ones in a store that’s just their size. The shop will be located in the Schuster Center Wintergarden near the entrance at Ludlow and Second streets, and will officially open the day of the Grande Illumination. The Tike’s Shoppe will be open on selected dates through Dec. 23. For specific times, call (937) 301-8349. 

Junior League of Dayton’s Holiday Adventure ― Kids will go on an adventure around the festival footprint. Children who visit all the stops will receive a free book. 

Magic Glasses ― Look for volunteers passing out these special glasses on Courthouse Square prior to the tree lighting.

Restaurants that are open and serving holiday dinner on Thanksgiving Day

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 5:31 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a special Thanksgiving menu this year. CONTRIBUTED
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a special Thanksgiving menu this year. CONTRIBUTED

We have found a few more Miami Valley restaurants that will be open and serving a special holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 23. 

It’s highly recommended to make reservations as soon as possible at those restaurants that are accepting them, and to call ahead at others to see if there’s a wait. Demand for these special dinners is usually robust, but there still may be time to secure a spot at the table.

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Burkey Family Restaurant at 670 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood (across from Hara Arena), will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day serving Roast Turkey with Dressing and Honey Baked Ham among many entrees. Entrees range from $10.95 to $16.95. Reservations accepted. Call (937) 275-7127.

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The Wright Place at 2800 Presidential Drive in the Holiday Inn, Fairborn-I-675, will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. serving roasted turkey with stuffing, harvest salad, whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, baked ham, roasted root vegetables, sweet corn bake, breads and assorted desserts. 

The cost is $27 for adults, $21 for seniors 60 and over and for members of the military, $14 for kids 6 to 12, and children under 5 eat free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Laura Rozen at (937) 431-4611.

Hasty Tasty at 509 Linden Ave. in Dayton will be open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, serving a special dinner that includes dessert. The cost is $9.95/$10.95. No reservations necessary, but if you have a large party, let the restaurant know you’re coming. For more information, call 

(937) 254-8431.

The Wellington Grille at 2450 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek will be open from noon to 7 p.m., with the final  seating at 6 p.m. A full Thanksgiving dinner will be available, as will some regular menu items. Reservations are limited. Call (937) 426-4600 to check availability.

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Mimi’s Cafe at 4402 Walnut St. at The Greene in Beavercreek will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving a breakfast/brunch bar in the morning and offering a special Thanksgiving dinner, along with a handful of other menu options, starting at 11 a.m. The special dinner includes choice of soup or Mimi’s house or Caesar salad, roasted turkey, gravy, buttered cornbread stuffing, whipped mashed potatoes, candied pecan sweet potatoes, green bean casserole with French fried onions, apple cranberry orange relish, bread basket and choice of brown sugar pumpkin pie or bourbon pecan pie. The cost is $18.99 for adults, $8.99 for children. For more information or to make reservations, call (937) 426-9153.

Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market restaurant at 3677 Wayne Madison Road in Trenton will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving a Thanksgiving Day buffet. The cost is $12.99 adults, $6.99 children 10 and under. INFO/RESERVATIONS: Call (513) 988-9211.

Carvers Steaks and Chops at 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) in Washington Twp. will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving serving a traditional three-course Turkey Dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, choice of soup or salad, bread and pumpkin pie. The cost is $24 or $26 (larger portion of turkey). The restaurant’s regular menu will also be available. For information or to make reservations, Call (937) 433-7099.  

Rob’s Restaurant at 705 Arlington Road, Brookville will offer a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $10.99 for adults, $5.99 for kids. Reservations are accepted, and the restaurant also will have open dining for call-ahead customers. The recommendation is to call one hour ahead of the time you want to arrive to confirm whether the restaurant can fit you in.

Bob Evans Restaurants will be open until 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Opening times will vary, so check with your local restaurant. A special Thanksgiving lunch/dinner menu available after 11 a.m. featuring a choice of roasted turkey and dressing, ham or country-fried steak with a choice of three sides, endless bread and a slice of pie for $14.99. A kids’ special menu includes turkey with two sides, endless bread, a slice of pumpkin pie and a kids’ beverage for $6.99.

Harrison’s Restaurant at 106 E. Main St. in Tipp City (937-667-5200) will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, taking the last reservations at 5 p.m. Cost of the special holiday dinner will be $17.95 for adults and $9.50 for children 10 and under. The menu will include oven roasted turkey, celery & sage dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, house-made cranberry sauce, and Pumpkin Pie, Warm Apple Crisp or Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce.

El Meson in West Carrollton is hosting a “Thanksgiving Feast” from noon to 6 p.m., with last reservations being accepted at 5 p.m., on Nov. 23. Dishes are priced individually. Reservations may be made at (937) 859-8299. 

The special menu will include a Roasted Turkey Dinner, served with chorizo and bread stuffing, potato and butternut squash mash and Colombian fried rice!. Other Latin entree specialties such as Paella Valencia and Coconut Crusted Fishalso will be available, as will a variety of tapas.  

Roost Events — formerly Roost American and Park City Club at 580 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering — will host its first holiday dinner since announcing its name change and switch to an events-only concept. 

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The special holiday menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23. The cost is $29.95 per person, $14.95 for children 5 to 12, and children 4 and under eat free. Reservations are required and can be made at (937) 222-3100.

The menu includes Butternut Squash, Sage Honey & Besciamella Flatbread; Crab and Gorgonzola Gougeres

Grilled Artichokes with Parsley Salsa Verde; Pepperoni & Ricotta Arancini; Caesar Salad; Rosemary Potato Soup; Oven Roasted Turkey; Butternut Squash & Besciamella Penne; Top Round of Beef ‘Pot Roast’; Cranberry Glazed Faroe Island Salmon; Braised Pork and Sauerkraut; 

Sous Vide Carrots & Carrot Top Gremolata; Balsamic Cranberry Salad; Haricot Vert Almondine; Roost’s Chocolate Cake; Salty Caramel & Vanilla Cream Puffs; Pumpkin Bars with Maple; and Lemon Ricotta Cookies.

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At Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, located at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, a special Thanksgiving menu is available for $40 per person, starting at 11 a.m. For children under 12, a special Children’s Thanksgiving menu will be offered for $15. Reservations may be made by calling 937-320-9548.

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Here’s the Fleming’s menu:


Buttermilk biscuits with pumpkin butter and honey

First Course: choice of Fleming’s salad or lobster bisque

Main Course: Mixed herb-roasted turkey breast with gravy served with cranberry, orange and cinnamon sauce with house-made sage and brioche bread stuffing. Sides include roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallow; green beans with bacon, onion and almond; and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes.

Dessert course: choice of Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chantilly cream and caramel glaze or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and dark-rum caramel drizzle.

We intend to update this file with additional Thanksgiving Day restaurant menus.