Thanksgiving is the time of year when families gather ‘round the dinner table in lieu of their usual gatherings ‘round the tire fire in the master bath. Make the most of this rare occasion with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a complete Thanksgiving dinner that feeds up to 10 people from Colasanti’s Market in Highland (a $200 value). Customers can pick up their feasts on November 23. The dinner includes the following:
- One 10- to 12-pound amish turkey
- Colasanti’s turkey gravy
- Colasanti’s cheddar-garlic mashed potatoes
- Colasanti’s yams and apples
- Colasanti’s green-bean casserole
- 12 Zingerman’s salted brioche rolls
- One Grand Traverse Pie Co. pumpkin pie<p>
Using gourmet and locally sourced ingredients, the chefs at Colasanti’s Market create well-rounded feasts worthy of many thanks. Eager eaters can start by roasting a juicy Amish turkey, whose natural shape puts even the best bird-shaped bologna carvings to shame. Cheddar-garlic mashed potatoes give dinner a touch of creamy comfort, and yams and apples infuse plates with natural sweetness and repel uninvited doctors. Savory green-bean casserole ensures that all attendees get their daily dose of casserole, and rich turkey gravy lets guests test the absorbency of shirt sleeves and salted brioche rolls. For those who saved room for dessert, a pumpkin pie acts as a sweet reward.
All side dishes come in ready-to-bake trays along with cooking instructions translated from Latin. Turkeys require full at-home cooking to ensure freshness when it comes time to eat.
Ken Snook wasn't like the other boys in school. His classmates dreamed of becoming basketball players, astronauts, and rock stars, but Ken wanted to be a butcher. The teenager hadn't known it when he took a part-time job at a small butcher shop in Detroit, but he soon fell in love with the trade, developing a knack with the knife and a keen eye for quality cuts. After working as a butcher for years, Ken purchased Colasanti's Market and set up his own butcher shop amid its shelves of groceries and rows of produce.
Today, Ken continues to slice up fresh cuts of USDA Choice black Angus beef, housemade sausages, and fresh seafood. He can even provide an entire hog for a pig roast, complete with electric rotisserie, charcoal, and grill. Beyond his butcher shop lies an entire market of fine foods and groceries where friendly staff members bustle, directing customers to gluten-free goods and refereeing shopping-cart races down the dairy aisle. A deli staff whips up fresh sandwiches, salads, and party trays, and customers sip on complimentary coffee and peruse selections of imported wine and beer. Above their heads, a cheerful model train loops around tracks suspended from the ceiling. Outside, the sun beams on pots of colorful flowers, and ducks amble around a duck pond. The lively market even hosts special weekend events, from wine tastings to summer parties.