Just last week, the Zapwater team held their annual Thanksgiving potluck at David's new home in the West Loop. With strict instructions from Annie that the dishes must be homemade (read: no running to Whole Foods an hour before to grab a last minute meal), I was a little nervous about what to prepare. Luckily, my mom happened to be in town the night before our gathering and helped me whip up a delicious broccoli and cheese rice casserole. Mind you, this isn’t at all difficult to prepare, but who doesn’t want a little help from their mom in the kitchen?

The next day, Zapwater closed the office early to celebrate an early Thanksgiving and eat our weight in carbs. For a vegetarian, this meal was a dream come true. Though I didn’t delight in David’s (surprisingly) well received Turbaconducken, I did enjoy more than my fair share of macaroni and cheese, stuffing muffins, sweet potato casserole and corn casserole. After back-to-back rounds of savory food and a slice of apple pie I must say, Zapwater knows how to cook! I’m even contemplating asking my co-workers for their recipes so that I can contribute to my family Thanksgiving next week.

But for those that are still a little hesitant to put together and entire Thanksgiving meal, there are other options. TheWit hotel in Chicago is one place that offers a Thanksgiving Take-Out/Fake-Out. For $300, guests can pick up a succulent maple brined, oven-roasted turkey with all the fixings for a group of 8-10. Just be sure to place your order by November 17th by calling 312.239.9588.

Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

Mary Doyle Senior Publicist