Operation Turkey Day: Let Memphis-area chefs make your Thanksgiving stress-free

Operation Turkey Day: Let Memphis-area chefs make your Thanksgiving stress-free

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Buy Photo Jaime Barajus prepares candy roasting squash at Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant in downtown Memphis Thursday, November 1, 2018. The restaurant is prepping meals for their Operation Turkey Day, allowing customers to skip holiday meal creation in favor of a restaurant spread.(Photo: Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal)Buy Photo   Chefs across Memphis are on a mission to help you have a stress-free holiday. They are offering to cook your turkeys, hams, sides and desserts. All you have to do is reheat and serve.  Felicia Willett, chef and owner of Felicia Suzanne’s, came up with the perfect title for her Thanksgiving take-home offerings — Operation Turkey Day. “The holidays are already stressful, ” Willett said. “Why not let someone else help? In my family, everyone brings a dish.” If you order from her, she has one requirement. “You must take all the credit, ” she said with a smile. At the holidays, Willett sells some of her restaurant’s most popular dishes as well as some of her traditional family recipes, all in disposable containers so you can reheat them in your own serving pieces. Buy Photo Sweet potato casserole at Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant downtown Memphis. .


The restaurant is prepping meals for their Operation Turkey Day, allowing customers to skip holiday meal creation in favor of a restaurant spread. (Photo: Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal) She started her Operation Turkey Day Thanksgiving menu several years ago after an auction for the Memphis Farmers Market. “I auctioned off a turkey dinner at their annual Farm Fest fundraiser, and the next thing I knew, more people were asking me to cook dishes for them, ” she said. In addition to sides, Willett also offers a “Turkey Prep” option. After realizing how many of her clients weren’t 100 percent sure how to roast a turkey, she decided she needed to help. “We dry brine your turkey for you, ” she said. “For the traditional version, I add salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary and butter.  I also offer a spicy version, which is where I add my Flo’s Pickled Jalapenos to the mix.” Buy Photo Felicia Willett, chef and owner of Felicia Suzanne's, works in the kitchen of her restaurant in downtown Memphis. The restaurant is prepping meals for their Operation Turkey Day, allowing customers to skip holiday meal creation in favor of a restaurant spread. (Photo: Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal) ....

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