The best Thanksgiving pies, restaurants and Oprah’s local “favorite”

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With this rare end-of-season storm behind us, I’d say we’re ready for some refreshing food and restaurant news. Let’s start with dessert. How about a Thanksgiving pie?

The popular “Pie It Forward” sale started over a week ago and is accepting orders for gourmet pies until November 17. If you’re new to the area or the concept, here’s what to know.

The pastry chefs. Thanksgiving pies are baked by top local chefs, restaurants and country clubs such as Buccan, Café Boulud, Aioli and Charlie and Joe’s at Love Street restaurants, where rising star pastry chef Jennifer Woo bakes decadent pies, and more establishments.

Price of the pie. They range from $30 for pumpkin, pecan and apple pies to $35 for key lime pies. Pie sales benefit Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, which supports homebound seniors. (A $30 pie pays for a week’s worth of hot meals, according to the Pie It Forward website.)

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Jupiter's Executive Pastry Chef Jennifer Woo showcases a Dutch apple pie like the ones she'll be baking for the Pie It Forward Thanksgiving Sale to benefit the Meals on Wheels program.

How to order and pick up. They can be done online via MOWPBPie.org. You can pick up your dessert Nov. 22 at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, and Duffy’s Sports Grill in Delray Beach (1750 S. Federal Hwy).

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A promising new chef in the kitchen

At The Brick and Barrel Pub, croquetas de yuca are stuffed with braised oxtail.

The Brick and Barrel Pub in the Abacoa district of Jupiter offers a tantalizing new menu to know. That’s thanks to a promising new chef in the kitchen. This is Jeanick De La Haye, a creative chef from the capital of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, Puerto Limón.

His collaboration with Executive Chef Thomas Op’t Holt has already produced an exciting new menu for the popular pub.

The menu has a good mix of traditional pub fare (13-minute Scotch egg, classic sliders), comfort food (beef stroganoff with mafaldine egg noodles, smoked bone-in short rib platter, fish-and-chips) and Latin American and Caribbean flavors (lomo saltado, croquetas de yuca stuffed with braised oxtail and served with salsa criolla, jerk wings and curried island prawns).

Jeanick De La Haye is the new head chef at the Brick and Barrel Pub in the Abacoa district of Jupiter.

“I think you’ll find a really interesting association between Jeanick’s island roots and Thomas’ eclectic background,” Brick and Barrel owner David Schroeder told me over email. “I’m really excited to see what these guys are doing moving forward.”

De La Haye’s refined and soulful culinary style is influenced by his time in the kitchen of the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, where world-renowned chef Mauro Colagreco has a gourmet restaurant, Florie’s. (Yes this is From The Hague in the kitchen with Colagreco on Instagram.)

De La Haye describes the essence of food as “a moment and an experience”.

“Food is emotional. Food is love,” he said in a statement from the restaurant. “Food is much more than a meal.”

  • Brick and Barrel is at 1153 Town Center Dr. in Abacoa, Jupiter, 561-623-0916

My Restaurant Picks for Thanksgiving

Spicy tahini branzino is on the Thanksgiving menu at Amar Mediterranean Bistro in Delray Beach.

In this week’s Thanksgiving restaurant roundup, I’ve whittled down what is often an unwieldy pile of dining options by a precise mini-guide: six local places where I would love to have a holiday treat.

The list ranges from Palm Beach chic (Daniel Boulud’s charming cafe) to Southern-inspired (Lindsay Autry’s twin holiday buffets) to Mediterranean spice (Amar’s three-course Thanksgiving menu).

I would add a seventh option to the list: the Thanksgiving Day menu at Okeechobee Steakhouse. As you would expect from a 75 year old steakhousethe holiday menu screams “classic.”

The traditional menu includes roast turkey with stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes or yams, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. It costs $44.99 per adult, $22.99 per child 12 and under.

  • Okeechobee Steakhouse is at 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-683-5151, OkeeSteakhouse.com

Oprah Approved Palm Beach Charcuterie Platter

Boarderie's Ciccetti Cheese and Charcuterie Board is shipped ready to serve in an acacia wood tray.

One of the country’s top influencers has given a Riviera Beach-based cheese and charcuterie board a boost. Boarderie, which ships nationwide overnight, gained a spot on List of Oprah’s favorite things for 2022.

Here is a story I wrote about the founders of the company and their viral cheese companies earlier this year!

Who needs a donut?

The Movember Special at Salty Donut.

Speaking of treats, did you miss National Donut Day on Saturday (November 5)? No worries if you did. Surely there’s a hot, fresh donut somewhere near you as we speak. Here is my updated list of local favorites.

If you’re looking for another holiday-related reason to splurge on sweet, fried dough, you might want to learn more about the new specialty treat at The Salty Donut in West Palm Beach, the Bourbon Mustache Caramel donut. It celebrates November’s Movember movement, which supports men’s health.

It’s a mustache-shaped brioche donut filled with bourbon-caramel cheesecake, covered in cocoa frosting and sprinkled with crushed shortbread cookies. The donut, which costs $4.95 and benefits Movember charities, will be available at the store until November 20.

  • The Salty Donut is at 460 S. Rosemary Ave., The Square, West Palm Beach, 561-933-1522

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