Morningsider is pleased to commence our guest blogger features with food writer Gabrielle Denson who will be writing about the food experience Uptown, particularly for the Holidays! Gabrielle is an alumni of Syracuse University where she focused on Hospitality and Food Service Management. Gabrielle serves as a contributing writer for What the Health Magazine as well as for Examiner.com, where she highlights local eateries and events in Harlem. You can follow Gabrielle directly on her blog at gabrielledenson.com and Twitter @GabrielleDenson.

Uptown Thanksgiving Guide

Picture Thanksgiving on Morningsider3 300x233 2012 Uptown Thanksgiving Guide by Gabrielle Denson The holiday season is upon us and Harlem is gearing up for Thanksgiving. A holiday rooted in traditions surrounding family, friends, great food, and being thankful, Harlem captures the essence of this holiday. From the dinner specials offered, community outreach, and festive dessert offerings, this miniature Uptown Thanksgiving Guide overs a little of what Harlem has to offer for this season.

SWEET BLISS

 Make My Cake  121 St. Nicholas Ave (116th Street)

Make My Cake this holiday season has a sweet arrival of its Pumpkin Butterscotch Pound Cake (available at the 116th Street location). Other sweet holiday indulgences include Sweet Potato Cupcakes, Assorted Mini Cheesecakes, and Peach and Apple Cobbler. Make My Cake’s 116th Street location holiday hours are November 21 8:00am-10:00pm and Thanksgiving Day    9:00am – 4:00pm. Their 139th Street location holiday hours are November 21 8:00am-8:00pm and Thanksgiving Day 9:00am-12noon.

Tonnie’s Mini’s 264 Malcolm X Boulevard

Your Thanksgiving can be sweeter with Tonnie’s Mini’s Sweet Potato Cupcakes. Stop in and explore their range of Mini’s to add to your holiday feast in addition to Sweet Potato and Cinnamon Apple Pie.

FUN

Harlem Tavern 2153 Fredrick Douglass Blvd

Harlem Tavern will be the host of a Thanksgiving Eve Bash Wednesday November 21. Sugartone Brass Band will be featured at the event along with karaoke and an Appleton Rum Promotion with drinks and giveaways.

DINING

Corner Social 321 Lenox Avenue

Corner Social is whipping up a Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu for $29.95 this season. With the choice of one appetizer, entrée, and dessert, stop in for a warm atmosphere with great company. Appetizers include Butternut Squash Soup, Truffled Crème Fraiche, and Carrot Crisps. Entrée choices include Meyers Farm Prime Rib of Beef with Smashed Bliss Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Veal Jus, and Caramelized Onion Horseradish and Oven Roasted Turkey with Sage Stuffing, Brussels with Lardons Turkey Gravy. A choice of Pumpkin Pie with Cardamom Crème Fraiche, Habanero Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Apple Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and Angel’s Envy Pecan Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream round out the dessert options. View the full Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu here: http://cornersocialnyc.com/our-menus/thanksgiving-2012/. To book your table for Thanksgiving call 212-510-8552 or e-mail contact@cornersocialnyc.com.

Slyvia’s Restaurant 328 Lenox Ave New York                                                                                                   

Harlem’s staple restaurant is offering a soulful Thanksgiving experience with specials ranging from $24.95 to $28.95 per entrée. All entrees include cornbread, a beverage, and a choice of two side dishes. Some entrees will include Glazed Ham with Pineapple Sauce, Roasted Turkey, and Grilled U.S Prime Steak. Banana Pudding and Peach Cobbler round out some of the desserts that will be offered to pair with your meal. To view the complete menu, please visit http://sylviasrestaurant.com/menus/thanksgiving-2012.pdf. For parties of 5 or more, please view the Thanksgiving Family Style Menu http://sylviasrestaurant.com/menus/thanksgiving-family-2012.pdf

GIVING

Dunlevy Milbank Center 14-32 West 118th Street                                                                            

The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center this Wednesday November 21 will host an evening of top chefs from New York hotels and restaurants to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for children and families in New York. The dinner will also feed homeless families from The Children’s Aid Society’s Pelham Fritz Apartments, a shelter for families near Milbank. The event will take place from 4:00pm-7:30pm and include a DJ and a raffle of an extra 125 cooked turkeys to families in attendance. http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/media-center/photo-galleries/thanksgiving-dinner-dunlevy-milbank-center

Person Giving Efforts                                                                                                                  

Giving never has to be centered only around the holiday season, but year round. With the current state of communities post Hurricane Sandy, gathering a group of friends and organizing donations or meals would go far. Also reach out to local soup kitchens about volunteer opportunities in your area.

THE MORNING AFTER

Evelyn’s Kitchen 2317 First Avenue                                                                                                     

EK Café is serving up great holiday meals, but we found their Morning After offerings to be fun and unique. Be sure to look into their Chicken Apple Sausage in Puff Pastry, Strawberry Orange Crumble with a Passion Fruit Glaze, Blueberry Morning Cake, and Jumbo Cornbread Muffins with Bacon Cheddar Jalapeno and Chives. 48 hours is needed for all orders and can be placed by phone at 646.476.7906 or e-mail at goodies@evelyns-kitchen.com. http://www.evelyns-kitchen.com/content.cfm/evelyns-kitchen/holiday-menu/page_id/28