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Butterball Turkey Thanksgiving near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles

The Pearl’s Thanksgiving Tips For Your Season of Gratitude

Making Thanksgiving plans? We’ve rounded up a smorgasbord of ideas to help make your Thanksgiving a truly grateful occasion. Don’t feel like cooking? Feast away at Michelin-starred Openaire in Koreatown, or settle in for a delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner at The Tam O’Shanter. Need advice in the kitchen? We’ve gathered some useful tips and tricks to put on a spectacular spread, including plant-based dishes. You’ll also find opportunities to celebrate your season of gratitude by supporting local causes, such as St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, Turkey Trot LA, which benefits The Midnight Mission, and GivingTuesday, which is coming up on November 28.


Openaire restaurant at The LINE LA near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Openaire The LINE LA 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010


Not far from The Pearl, Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin brings a taste of the melting pot culture of LA to the ever-changing menu at Openaire. Thanksgviing dinner is no exception, with an eclectic menu that includes pumpkin soup, tempura butternut squash, herb roasted free range turkey, portobello mushrooms, and Szechwan Brussels sprouts. For dessert, choose from spiced pumpkin pie or apple pie with creme Anglaise.


 The Tam O’Shanter restaurant near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


The Tam O’Shanter 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039


Delighting diners for over 100 years, The Tam O’Shanter is Los Angeles’ oldest restaurant, operated by the same family in the same location since 1922. Offering the traditional charm and coziness of a Highland inn, the restaurant is housed in a Tudor-style building, complete with Scottish tartans, comfy booths & chairs, and plaid-clad waitstaff. The Thanksgiving menu features slow-roasted organic turkey with traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, sautéed market vegetables, house made candied cranberry, and turkey gravy. 


Lawry’s The Prime Rib restaurant near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Lawry’s The Prime Rib 100 La Cienega Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211


Lawry’s The Prime Rib was founded in 1938 by brothers-in-law Lawrence Frank and Walter Van de Kamp. Their single menu item concept was inspired by the standing rib roast Sunday dinner of Lawrence’s boyhood. Today, the third and fourth generations of the Frank and Van de Kamp families continue the legacy of elegant, homey dining. Lawry’s Thanksgiving Dinner offers a choice of turkey or prime rib with traditional sides, and features Lawry’s Original Sp[inning Salad Bowl. Top off your meal with apple pie, Lawry’s signature English trifle, or flourless chocolate cake.


Slab LA restaurant near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Slab LA 8136 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048


Texas BBQ made in LA! From their backyard to your dinner table, celebrate Thanksgiving with a special dinner to-go from Slab. They have prepared a mouthwatering Thanksgiving menu with all your holiday favorites, including a whole smoked turkey, holiday sides, and your choice of pumpkin or pecan pie. Preorder and choose from two convenient pickup dates (November 22nd and 23rd). Reheating instructions are provided. 


Butterball Turkey Thanksgiving near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Butterball Amazon Alexa Skill


Ready to talk turkey? Ask Alexa. With the Butterball Skill for Amazon Alexa, Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts will help you host like a boss with turkey preparation how-tos, tips, and recipe inspiration. Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts are poultry pros that have been giving sage advice for years, and they’re here to help you put a little swagger in your stuffing! If you own an Echo Show, the Butterball skill will also cue up short how-to videos that make it easy to choose, thaw, roast, stuff and carve a turkey. They’ll even give you a pep talk!


Cheese Board to prepare at home in The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


How to Make the Perfect Cheese Board


There’s nothing quite like a festive cheese board to set the mood for your holiday dinner. Sunset magazine has some great ideas on how to make the perfect cheese board from Sophie Speer, “gathering board” expert and owner of Ripen Co. in Oakland. Some of her tips for getting it right include narrowing cheese selections down to a few favorites, choosing local charcuteries that double as conversation starters, and adding colorful fruits and flowers for an elegant and appetizing presentation. 


 Inhabitat plant-based recipes to prepare at home in The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Plant-based recipes for Thanksgiving


For most of us, Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without a turkey on the table. But if you trend toward vegetarianism, veganism or flexitarianism, luckily there are amazing plant-based dishes that you can prepare for a mouth-watering Thanksgiving feast, making it easier than ever to skip the turkey. Inhabitat, an online guide to green design ideas and innovations, offers some fresh ideas for main dishes that will replace the turkey on your table, plus some side dish and dessert ideas that will keep the food at your celebration completely plant-based.


 Turkey Trot LA near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Turkey Trot LA


Trot before you feast, and help fundraise for The Midnight Mission. Run/Walk a 5k or 10k course and enjoy a scenic route without traffic that will take you around Grand Park, past the world-famous Disney Concert Hall, the Broad Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and down historic Spring Street, one of the oldest streets in Los Angeles. Thanksgiving morning. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023. Packet pick up opens at 6:30 AM. Arrive early. The race starts and finishes in front of City Hall at 200 N Spring St.


 St. Vincent Meals on Wheels charity near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


St. Vincent Meals on Wheels


St. Vincent Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers nutritious meals to homebound seniors and other vulnerable residents across Los Angeles, regardless of age, illness, disability, race, religion or ability to pay. Every meal meets or exceeds all federal and local nutritional standards, and is high in fiber and low in sugar. Clients receive special meals tailored to their medical protocols including low sodium, renal for kidney patients and low vitamin K for heart patients. They also cater to clients’ personal preferences, including vegetarian meals. 


 GivingTuesday global movement to promote generosity




Nov 28 GivingTuesday is a global movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global phenomenon that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to contribute toward building a better world.


Photo credits:

Photo #1: Butterball

Photo #2: Openaire 

Photo #3: The Tam O’Shanter

Photo #4: Lawry’s The Prime Rib

Photo #5: Slab LA

Photo #6: Butterball

Photo #7: Sunset Magazine

Photo #8: Inhabitat

Photo #9: Turkey Trot LA

Photo #10: St. Vincent Meals on Wheels

Photo #11: GivingTuesday