A traditional Thanksgiving dinner may only cost the average American family about $50, but your grandma’s sweet potatoes can’t hold a pumpkin-scented candle to the exorbitant cost of the most expensive Thanksgiving dinner of all time. If you have bottomless pockets and are looking for an unusual Turkey Day experience, you may want to turn to Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York, which is hosting a $35,000 Thanksgiving feast for four (that’s $8,750 a head), making it the most expensive Thanksgiving feast of all time.
“Let's face it, Thanksgiving dinner is boring, basic, and frankly, unimaginative. We're taking all of the traditional holiday fare — the turkey, gravy, stuffing, pumpkin pie — to a creative level never seen before. It’s turkey dinner with attitude and personality,” said co-owner Marc Sherry. “We know it’s over-the-top expensive, but Thanksgiving comes once a year. If you can splurge for this, you have a lot to be thankful for.”
The lavish affair gets you nine courses (complete with a serving of gold flakes); expensive bottles of wine, Champagne and Scotch; four grandstand seats at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; a $6,000 gift card to Bloomingdale’s; and dancing lessons at Fred Astaire dance studios to learn the Turkey Trot, a popular dance from the early twentieth century.
And try to wrap your head around the actual menu items: roasted farm-raised organic turkey stuffed with a dressing of seven pounds of imported prized ground Japanese Wagyu filet mignon, turkey gravy made from renderings infused with Château Mouton Rothschild ($1,750/bottle), butternut squash infused with winter black truffles ($160/lb.), whipped sweet potatoes topped with three pounds of Royal Osetra 000 caviar ($1,600/oz.), and more.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi