Looking to start an elegant tradition this Thanksgiving ? Bellamy's Restaurant and The Ranch at Bandy Canyon, both in Escondido, are hosting Thanksgiving festivities with menus inspired by Chef Patrick Ponsaty.
Ponsaty, a fifth-generation chef with over 30 years of experience, holds the prestigious Master French Chef title, joining an elite group of 51 chefs in the United States. Guests seeking an update to their Thanksgiving traditions will enjoy his renowned creations at Bellamy's and The Ranch at Bandy Canyon.
Bellamy's is serving a three-course Harvest Dinner. Under the guidance of Ponsaty, Bellamy's has become known for impeccable service and creative dishes that blend the flavors of modern California cuisine with French influences. True to form, the Harvest Dinner menu "offers classic Thanksgiving options with a French twist," said Derry Van Nortwick, General Manager and Sommelier. The fine dining experience will be complemented with a sommelier and mixologist, as well as piano music from Jim Melone.
"Being a hyper-seasonal farm-to-table restaurant, the 'harvest' is an important time," said Van Nortwick. "This time demonstrates the most dramatic change in the type of produce available. The season also becomes a natural time of year for friends and family to gather and give thanks." He recommended Thanksgiving guests savor the Foie Gras Torchon: "It's one of Chef Patrick's specialties and truly captures classic fall flavors." The prix fixe menu will offer vegetarian and gluten-free options.
A little farther down the road, The Ranch at Bandy Canyon provides a comfortable, rustic retreat for guests to celebrate Thanksgiving. Both a buffet and private dining options are available. "Our menu is perfect because the earthy, holiday flavors complement The Ranch's natural feel and rustic details," said Kyle Charest, General Manager. The menu incorporates fresh produce from The Ranch and includes pumpkin soup, root vegetable casserole and honey-baked acorn squash. The carving station will feature Scottish organic salmon, local turkey, bone-in ham and pepper-crusted prime rib.
"Our guests can experience the offerings of an incredible menu from Master French Chef Patrick Ponsaty in an equally incredible environment, unlike any in San Diego," said Charest. Guests may stay through the weekend at The Ranch-the historic getaway offers cozy cottages, horseback riding and a petting zoo. A 15 percent discount will be offered on overnight packages for visitors who dine at The Ranch on Thanksgiving.
Bellamy's Harvest Dinner is $60 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (760) 747-5000. The Ranch at Bandy Canyon will feature a buffet, starting at $50 per adult and $25 per child under 12, or private dining options for $75 per adult and $50 per child under 12. For more information about The Ranch's Thanksgiving dinner and overnight packages, call (760) 871-6494.