Martinsville, Virginia


Here's To A Tasty Thanksgiving

Ahh, November is here and so is the crisp fall air. For many, we already have our minds, and bellies, set on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Family, friends and food! Our thoughts are filled with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pies, and for many, who’s going to make it all!

Hosting family or friends for the holidays but don’t want the stress of cooking for days? No problem!

If you need to feed a hungry crew but don’t want to miss out on the fun by spending all your time in the kitchen, grab some fresh & frozen meals to go from Hamlet Kitchen or Rising Sun Breads. These are quick, delicious options for a busy host or hostess that could use a little assistance. Hamlet Kitchen offers a diverse menu with several classic to-go meals such as Chicken Tetrazzini, Meatloaf and Italian Sausage Stuffed Shells. Rising Sun Bread will be accepting preorders for keto-friendly and gluten free Thanksgiving options through November 15th at 5 pm. Other classic meals such as Crab Alfredo, Cabernet Beef Tips and Old-World Lasagna are gourmet to go options at Rising Sun Breads. Selections change and are at a high risk of selling out, so be sure to call ahead to see what meals are available, or available to preorder, at either location.  

For the big day, let Checkered Pig relieve you of your turkey basting duties and prepare the bird for you! That’s right, turkeys are available by preordering from the Food Network award winning restaurant for your Thanksgiving meal. Whole Smoked Turkeys that are ready to pick up, heat and eat! Complete turkey dinners with all the fixings are available as well; so, relax and enjoy the game!

A Thanksgiving feast wouldn’t be complete without dessert - we have you covered there as well!

Dippers Ice Cream, who is way more than just ice cream, will be busy in their bakery whipping up some delicious cakes, pies and goodies that are a perfect complement to your spread. Get ready to browse through their selection of treats ranging from holiday classics such as pecan and pumpkin pies, to traditional cakes, cookies and brownies. Just like their ice cream, everything from their baked line is made from scratch with exceptional detail for quality.

Sweet Cakes Bakery also offers a variety of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies and other treats that are sure to please. Stop by to see what’s available in the cafe or call and request a custom order. Pumpkin Cakes, Apple Pies, Blueberry Cobbler and Boston Crème Pie are among customer favorites. You can also take advantage of the daily lunch specials available for dine in or take out; another meal option for your hungry house guests.

Want to really wow your guests? Pick up a sampler box of truffles or fudge from Cocoa Trails Chocolates. Boasting a selection of truffles that include flavors such as Salted Caramel Brownie, Banana Foster, and Red Velvet, these bites of ooey gooey deliciousness are sure to be a hit.

Leading up to the holiday feast, or after the leftovers are gone, don’t forget that you can purchase local products such as Hooper’s Sauce, available at Janice Cain Stationery & Gifts & Nature’s Outlet, to add crowd-pleasing flavor to your favorite dishes. Hooper’s Sauce comes in a variety of BBQ and pasta options including Vodka Cream, Marinara and Tomato Basil. Taste for yourself and see why it’s been featured in Southern Living Magazine.

Finally, if you just aren’t in the mood to host, remember that Hugo’s in Uptown Martinsville offers a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal- buffet style, that can be enjoyed by your entire Thanksgiving crew, for a great price. Enjoy all your favorites without all the prep work and clean up!

This Thanksgiving, think ahead, and grab all the holiday essentials that will leave your guests impressed. Let the local MHC businesses make you the host with the most! Learn more about all of the dining and shopping options available in Martinsville – Henry County, at