Checking in with Clifton Inn, Bill Hamilton and Tim Gearhart

It seems like just yesterday when we were lighting fireworks or dipping our sandy feet in the ocean. In other words, how is it time for Thanksgiving already?

Chef Tucker Yoder will prepare a Thanksgiving feast at Clifton Inn come Thursday. 

In case you were as blindsided by the arrival of Turkey Day as we were, here’s a list of some local spots dishing out tasty holiday specials. Remember to save room for dessert!

At Clifton Inn, chef Tucker Yoder will offer a three-course menu for $65 per person from 2-7:30pm. The menu options are a carnivore’s dream: Indulge in quail, ham, turkey, beef, bass—and the list goes on. Call 971-1800 to make reservations.

The Ivy Inn is offering a five-course prix fixe menu. For $60 per person, enjoy soup, appetizer, salad, a turkey entree and a dessert sampler. We’ll take a slice of the spice cake, please. Call 977-1222 to make reservations.

Though it’s not offering a Thanksgiving meal per se, Michie Tavern will be open on the holiday, serving its regular “Bill of Fare”-—Southern staples like fried chicken, mashed taters and green beans—from 11:30am-2:30pm.

The Silver Thatch Inn will serve a traditional Thanksgiving menu for $55. Choose from turducken (boneless chicken with mushroom stuffing inside boneless duck with chestnut stuffing inside boneless turkey with corn bread), roasted tenderloin or seared Atlantic salmon as an entree. Call 978-4686 to make reservations.

Over at Keswick Hall, chef Dean Maupin will prepare an afternoon buffet in the ballroom for $65 per person, followed by a more traditional meal—Polyface turkey, cranberry mostarda—that evening at Fossett’s for $80 per person. Call 979-3440 to make reservations. 

In Gordonsville, The Toliver House will serve a special Thanksgiving menu. Choose from crab cakes, rib eye steak, pork loin or roasted turkey. Follow it up with a slice of classic pumpkin pie. Call 832-0000 to make reservations.

For those of you who’d rather eat at home, nab an eight to 10-pound prepared turkey from Anderson Carriage House. For $109.99, take home enough dressing, cranberry relish, gravy, rolls and two sides to feed six to 10 people. Call 970-2722 to place an order.

Book deal

Talk about a bargain. Hospice of the Piedmont continues its Dining Around the Area fundraiser this year with a booklet of more than 50 discounts at local restaurants. Valid now until next November 1, the $50 book is valued at more than $1,000 and proceeds benefit HOP, a nonprofit that serves terminally ill patients in the area. 

The list of participants includes culinary luminaries like Blue Light Grill, Clifton Inn, Sticks, Fellini’s #9 and 12th Street Tap House, to name a few. Visit for more information. 

Sweet ’stache

This season, give the gift of spice: The product from local food dudes Bill Hamilton (of Hamiltons’ at First and Main and Sticks Kebob Shop) and Tim Gearhart (of Gearharts Fine Chocolates), Mas Guapo, is a featured stocking stuffer in this month’s issue of Real Simple Magazine. The all-natural spice, priced at $10 for eight ounces, is a bargain when you consider each jar of the stuff comes with a fake mustache. Visit for more information.

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