I just got off the phone a bit ago with Charlie McManus of Primo Grill and we talked about some of the fall dishes he's been mulling that would work for a Northwest themed Thanksgiving dinner. We talked about pear chutney, made from pears from his yard, and a chanterelle mushroom gravy.
Also, TNT Diner reader Nancy Boyd e-mailed me recommendations for a few dishes for the Northwest themed Thanksgiving section I'm planning:
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Maxwell's Speakeasy + Lounge. We had a wonderful dinner but especially wonderful was the special appetizer, popcorn shrimp with squash, (which would be an excellent starter for Thanksgiving). Also they have a "side dish", a savory gorgonzola cheesecake with a polenta crust that is FABULOUS. Both of those dishes would be a great addition to a fall table.
Thanks Nancy for the tip.
So I ask again.. readers. Have you seen anything on the menus of restaurants this fall that look irresistible for a Thanksgiving dinner? Or anything in general you found really appealing? Tell us about your fall food finds. We want to go scout them out and work them into recipes for you.