Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Valley serves up Thanksgiving treats

Check out what and where to eat, drink and be merry

Express Staff Writer

George Hulbert and Katie Eldredge sort through the piles of food collected during the Silver Creek Alternative School's annual Thanksgiving food drive. Express photo by Megan Thomas

There are just some times we don't really want to cook, aren't there? And thankfully, we live in a time when there are not only many restaurants to choose from, but also some which actually serve on Thanksgiving Day.

Indeed, such news comes as quite relief for those perhaps with family members arriving and a kitchen or table not quite big enough to handle them all. For some residents, being able to dine out on Thanksgiving may be just the break needed from the same old grind.

Today at the Blaine County Senior Connection, a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is served at noon. Friends and family are encouraged to come enjoy pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert. The Senior Connection is located at 721 Third Ave. South in Hailey. For more information, call 788-3468.

Also today is a Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum. The service includes members from Our Lady of the Snows, the Big Wood Church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Wood River Jewish Community.

Tonight in Ketchum, the Sawtooth Club's 13th Annual Thanksgiving Eve Bash begins at 5:30 p.m. All night there are happy hour prices at the bar and entrées are two for one in the dining room.

On Thanksgiving Day several establishments offer the real deal. But first a little warm up may be in order.

Take a walk en famille or take a bike ride. Other ways to actually increase your appetite might include strapping on some skis and hitting Baldy for a few runs where snow is being made.

Or one could join the Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run at 10 a.m. at Foxmoor Park off Fox Acres Road in Hailey. This event costs $10 with all the proceeds benfiting the Souper Supper Community dining room. Register at

Hungry yet?

The Roosevelt Tavern & Grill in Ketchum opens at 11 a.m. for football and cocktails. Starting at 2 p.m. a Thanksgiving dinner is being served, with choice of entrée and all the trimmings. For reservations call 726-0051.

Esta's in Ketchum offers a full home cooked Thanksgiving dinner for take-out. Call 726-1668 to order.

There are three choices in the Sun Valley Village. In the Lodge, Gretchen's opens at 2 p.m. for Thanksgiving dinner, with a choice of entrées. The Lodge Dining Room also is open from 2 p.m. on for a special multi-course dinner. These dinners don't require reservations. Tickets are required for the Sun Valley Inn's Limelight Room Buffet Dinner at 4 p.m. Call 622-2135.

At Warm Springs Ranch in Ketchum the 20th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner starts at 3 p.m. The bar opens at 2 p.m. This may be the last time to spend this holiday in the current authentically Ketchum-ish building, due to up coming construction changes. For reservations call 726-2609.

In Trail Creek Village in Ketchum, Chandler's serves a prix fixe holiday menu with two seatings, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. Call 726-1776 for reservations.

North of Ketchum, the Galena Lodge, which just reopened for the season, opens its dining room with a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner beginning at 6 p.m. For reservations call 726-4010.

For the second year in a row, the Silver Creek Alternative School has organized, filled and will be delivering or making available 200 Thanksgiving baskets. Along with the St. Charles baskets, this is one of the few charity operations going for Thanksgiving this year.

To top it all off, here's a sweet treat to accompany everyone's fine dining: Ketchum radio station KECH 95.3 FM is playing 24 hours of Grateful Dead music on Thursday, Nov. 25. Now that's one way to keep the wheel turning.

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