Let's not freak out, all right? It is not too late to get ourselves together to host Thanksgiving. Let's plan.
Perhaps we should have a glass of wine first. Just one! Perhaps more than one.
On Thursday, Nov. 19, The Chapel Hill Museum (523 E. Franklin St., 967-1400, www.chapelhillmuseum.org) hosts its annual celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to raise funds for its education programs. Wines of all varieties will be paired with food from area restaurants, including Provence, Elaine's on Franklin, Bonne Soiree, La Residence, and Il Palio. Advance tickets to the French-themed evening cost $30 per person or $50 per couple and are available by calling the number above.
Now, breathe. Here's a (surely incomplete) roundup of local resources that can help us get started. Good luck, and happy Thanksgiving.
First, head to your favorite farmers' market. Not only will the purveyors there be plentiful—offering everything from sweet potatoes to squash and cheese to candles—but some plan to be open Tuesday, Nov. 24—exactly when you need them. Check out our Triangle Farmers' Markets list. Individual vendors may be taking advance orders as well.
There are plenty of places that want to help you prepare the entire meal. Foster's Market (www.fostersmarket.com) in Durham (2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., 489-3944) and Chapel Hill (750 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 967-3663) is offering appetizers (butternut squash-stuffed mushrooms), main courses (roasted turkey, bone-in honey ham), accompaniments (gravy, cranberry-orange relish) and vegetables, sides and desserts. A complete menu is on its Web site. Orders are due by Monday, Nov. 23, for pickup Wednesday, Nov. 25.