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Thanksgiving feast at Pala Casino

5 November 2015

(PRESS RELEASES) -- A Thanksgiving feast will be waiting for holiday diners at Choices, The Buffet, CAVE, The Oak Room and Pala Café on Thursday, Nov. 26, at Pala Casino Spa and Resort.

The feast will be held at Choices from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will include traditional oven-roasted turkey with sage dressing and all the trimmings. But Southern California’s largest buffet will also tempt holiday palates with steamed Canadian king crab, chilled snow crab clusters, a carved sushi selection, salmon-sushimi, carved honey mustard rack of lamb, carved bone-in prime rib, Canadian lobster tail, Asian honey walnut shrimp, macadamia-crusted salmon, grilled New York steaks and almond mahi mahi fillet. Choices also will offer select brunch items from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Traditional pumpkin pie, with whipped topping, will lead Executive Pastry Chef Albert Cruz’s parade of over 80 luxury desserts. The feasting can begin for $46 per person, plus tax, for guests and regular Privileges Card members. Pearl card members and one guest will receive a 20% discount and may enjoy Thanksgiving dinner for $36.80 per person, plus tax; Gold level cardholders and one guest will receive a 30% discount and pay $32.20 per person, plus tax; Platinum members and a guest will receive a 50% discount and pay $23 per person, plus tax, and Elite members and one guest are free. Choices does not offer children’s prices.

Reservations are accepted for parties of eight or more. Call 760-510-2299 or write to choicesreservations@palacasino.com. Pala Privileges membership is free at the Privileges Center in the casino.

In addition to its full menu, the new CAVE restaurant will offer a Thanksgiving dinner special for $46 per person. It will start with either a frisse, endive, Bartlett pear salad with herb goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and cranberry or lobster cappuccino. The entrée will be a choice of roasted turkey or prime rib eye in citrus brine, micro herbs and pan gravy; stuffing with honeycrisp apples, sausage and sage; cranberry relish with mint bourbon; cornbread with chili pepper and goat cheese; potato gratin with horseradish and manchego and haricots verts with cream chantrelles, truffle and crisp bacon. The dessert will be pumpkin tiramisu.

The Oak Room steak house will be open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and in addition to its gourmet a la carte menu also will offer Thanksgiving dinner for $46 per person. The first course will offer a choice of coconut-battered shrimp with cranberry, mango and chutney or a brussels sprout apple salad with maple-glazed pecans, frisse, radicchio and bleu cheese with an apple cider vinaigrette. The main course will offer brine turkey or bone-in filet mignon served with a choice of stuffing, pencil asparagus, corn off the cob, sweet potato cobbler, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. The topper will be pumpkin trio consisting of pumpkin crème brulee, pumpkin broche pudding and pumpkin pie.

Pala Café, the 24-hour restaurant, will add to its menu a Thanksgiving dinner for $29.95 per person. It will begin with sweet rolls or cornbread with honey butter. The first course will offer a roasted corn and crab chowder with a pastry crust or a full mixed green salad with choice of dressing. The second course will be a selection of roasted tom turkey or prime rib in its natural juices. Either entrée will be served with brussels sprouts, roasted corn, sweet potatoes with warshmallow meringue, mashed potatoes, sage stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. The third course will offer pumpkin pie with ice cream.

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