For most, the Thanksgiving holiday honors the concept of gratitude, so much so that the word thanks is in its name. Whether you spend this joyous occasion with family, friends or even colleagues, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the goodness of people over a shared meal. By collectively observing this holiday, you turn a staff anxiously awaiting their long weekend into a crew that has a sense of belonging and being part of a community. Offering a Thanksgiving meal, no matter the form, helps to create and recreate families, friendships, and even business relations.
Here are four one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving menu ideas to get those creative juices flowing:
Celebrate with a “Themed” Thanksgiving”
For some, the Thanksgiving feast is all about having a traditional spread made up of roast turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. For others, it’s a time to incorporate the flavors and cuisines from around the world that don’t traditionally accompany a traditional Thanksgiving menu. Try celebrating with an Asian-Inspired or Southern-Style Thanksgiving lunch. Or wow your team with the flavors of Cuba!
- Roasted pork shoulder – pernil
- Boiled cassava with garlic sauce – yuca con mojo
- Fried ripe plantains – maduros
- Black beans & rice – arroz con frijoles negros
- Spanish-style custard dessert – flan
Celebrate with a “Turkey-less” Thanksgiving
For those who are on a plant-based diet, Thanksgiving in the office can still be fun and exciting. Although the holiday’s most familiar centerpiece will be skipping the festivities, the bold flavors of fall will still be plentiful. Try celebrating without the bird!
- Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
- Stuffing with Vegetable Gravy
- Autumn Spinach Salad with Apple, Cranberries, and Pecans
- Sweet Potato Pie
Celebrate with Thanksgiving tacos, sandwiches and Aussie Pies, oh my!
If your team would rather enjoy the season’s staples in a compact bite, no need to worry. Be the hero of your next meeting by catering the flavors of Thanksgiving without the overwhelming arrangement. Try the best the holiday has to offer all in one package.
- Thanksgiving tacos with cranberry salsa
- Leftover Thanksgiving dinner sandwiches
- Seasonal Turkey & Sage Pie
- If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Fork-In Aussie Pies makes the best turkey & sage pie!
Celebrate with a Thanksgiving Cocktail Party
If your teammates would rather have cocktails instead of cranberry sauce, no problem! A Thanksgiving cocktail party is an excellent way to honor the day. Try rounding up the team for mixed drinks and some bite-sized holiday favorites this year.
- Hors d’oeuvres
- Turkey Mac & Cheese Bites
- Cranberry Crostini
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Pumpkin Pie Tartlets
- Apple Cider Mojitos
- Pear Rum Punch
- Fall Beer and Wine Options
- Stouts, Pale Ales, IPAs
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Zinfandel
However you choose to give thanks in the office this fall, the time shared and memories created will give a festive boost to your company culture and atmosphere. Plan your office Thanksgiving menu today!