“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
— RUTH REICHL
We believe in the timeless ritual of baking. With friends and family gathered, our holidays begin and end in the kitchen and around the table, creating memories for now and traditions for years to come. Knowing that we are now part of so many Thanksgiving traditions is truly an honor — thank you for bringing us into your home. Here is how we hope to spend the day.
Some of our most treasured times are those early mornings spent in the kitchen, with the oven warming, and sweet aromas filling the house. We begin our holiday with bake-at-home Cinnamon Brioche and Croissants, easy to finish off (just read our how-to tips ahead of time) and ideal for noshing on throughout the morning while checking off your to-do list.
We don’t bother with lunch on Thanksgiving – leftover croissant dunked in a cooling cranberry sauce suits us just fine – and instead we spend the time setting a proper table. No need to go overboard with elaborate centerpieces, but do brush up on where things go. Pull out your prettiest linen napkins (side note: a slight rumple is fine), silverware and best tapered candles to cast the most flattering light on your guests and your dinner.
It’s critical, if Wyoming weather allows, that you stretch your legs at some point during the day, hopefully after everything has been mostly prepared and before the finishing touches occur. Set aside your apron, grab a can of wine (West+ Wilder is our newest obsession) and head out for a stroll in the fresh air.
Our Thanksgiving table has all of the classics plus at least one dish that is new and unexpected (cue that cousin who can’t resist an unconventional recipe), and we always save room for dessert. It’s all about PIE at the Persephone gathering, and for good reason. It’s one of two times a year that we get to satisfy our pie dreams at the Bakery, and so it all must be savored. Dessert is served with freshly whipped cream, a shot of espresso and an array of digestifs, as one does when all bets (and diets) are off.
If you aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year, be a good friend and gift your hosts a package of frozen Persephone cookie dough and a bag of Intelligentsia coffee beans for the morning after. We almost guarantee a return invitation.
PS: Catering orders for Thanksgiving can be placed starting on Thursday, November 8 online!