Thanksgiving was one of my favorite holidays growing up. It was a fun secular event and I ate lobster. What’s not to like?
My father’s family owned a Jewish Kosher deli in Massachusetts. It was started by my Grandfather and passed down to my Dad and his 2 brothers. On Thanksgiving Day the ‘store’ as we called the restaurant, was busy with take out orders, including turkey dinners. The restaurant would finally close around 4 or 5 PM.
All the Weintraubs would gather at a restaurant (not ours) around 6 PM for Thanksgiving dinner. We had a private room to accommodate the 20+ of us. We ordered off the special holiday menu and only my Grandmother would order turkey dinner. The rest of us would order lobster, or duck or when the boys were adolescents, rump roast because saying 'rump' to a waitress put them into giggle fits.
After dinner we watched old home movies and laughed over the sight of our young parents. We would shout out the names of older relatives as they passed the screen. We enjoyed the same movies every year.
At the end of the evening my Grandmother would pass out her Chanukah gift to us. It was always a generous check. The next week she would leave for Florida missing Chanukah. It was a perfect ending to a fun holiday celebration giving me a lifetime of great memories that I am very thankful to conjure up this time of year.
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving memory or food you must eat on the Holiday?