TEMECULA, Calif. — (Oct. 29, 2018) – For so many people, Thanksgiving means a time for celebrating with friends and family. Those people are probably not the ones preparing the meal. Those folks spend their time in the kitchen hoping the green beans, sweet potatoes and the turkey come out of the oven at the same time. And then there’s the cleanup.
Thankfully, when families and friends spend their Thanksgiving meal time at a place like Pechanga Resort Casino, eating and enjoyment is the only work needing to be expended and it’s equitable for the entire party. This year, eight of Pechanga’s 13 restaurants feature Thanksgiving dining specials, offering choices for every taste and budget. Thanksgiving dining specials can be found at the Pechanga Buffet, Great Oak Steakhouse, Paisano’s, Kelsey’s, Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar, Pechanga Café, Lobby Bar & Grill and Journey’s End.
From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Pechanga Buffet will serve brunch (until 3 p.m.) and dinner respectively on Thanksgiving Day for $44.99, with children ages 3 to 11 for $22.99. Children younger than 3 are free. Featuring traditional Thanksgiving fare and internationally inspired dishes, guests can look forward to a variety of fresh seafood, authentic Asian fare, traditional American Thanksgiving specialties, delicate Italian, authentic Latin and a carving station with four choice meats. Pechanga’s in-house bakers create everything on the extensive dessert bar from scratch and with more than 20 dessert items, including many sugar-free options, the day’s specials will be bananas foster, hand-scooped ice cream and mini milkshakes. The buffet seats 454 people and serves as a perfect dining option for families and large groups.
If an upscale Thanksgiving is what you may have in mind, look to the AAA Four Diamond Great Oak Steakhouse. The night’s special will feature a three-course dinner starting with roasted pumpkin soup with Nueske Bacon Lardons and thyme. The second course is a roasted organic young turkey with apple, pecan, sausage cornbread stuffing served with cranberry compote, Yukon mashed potatoes, butternut squash with a chile pepper panko crust and rustic turkey gravy. The final course, a pecan pie cheesecake, makes one’s mouth water simply thinking about it. The Thanksgiving special is $32. The Great Oak Steakhouse’s nightly menu will be served in addition to the Thanksgiving special. Open for dinner from 5 – 10 p.m., reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by visiting www.Pechanga.com/dining or by calling (877) 711-2WIN.
If it’s just the two of you for a romantic meal, check out Paisano’s for an Italian twist to Thanksgiving. The chef’s creation features four delicious courses. Guests start off with a roasted pumpkin bisque, followed by an inventive and flavorful salad with roasted beets, citrus vinaigrette, orange, arugula, pesto and goat cheese. The entrée is a roasted organic turkey with country gravy, focaccia bread stuffing, candied rainbow carrot and cranberry gastrique. The final course includes a white chocolate cranberry cannoli. The entire special comes to your table for $32. Paisano’s nightly fall menu will be served in addition to the Thanksgiving specials. Open for dinner from 5 – 10 p.m., reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by visiting www.Pechanga.com/dining or by calling (877) 711-2WIN.
For a casual atmosphere and fun with friends and family, Kelsey’s is the perfect place to catch this year’s Thanksgiving NFL games and enjoy menu specials. With the day’s menu featuring traditional classics and family favorites, guests can a three-course meal for $27 that includes corn chowder with smoked bacon, smoked turkey and mashed potatoes with green beans, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce plus turkey gravy, and lastly, a decadent bourbon pumpkin pie. Kelsey’s will be open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and the new menu offering authentic barbecue, wood-fired pizzas and 24 beers on tap will be served in addition to the Thanksgiving special.
For a fun, non-traditional Thanksgiving Asian-inspired meal, Umi Sushi and Oyster Bar will host a Thanksgiving specials menu of their own from $6 to $26. Guests can enjoy the day’s special starter fresh carrot and ginger soup with fried ooba leaves and shredded kohlrabi with cayenne for $8. The entrée is a roasted turkey with white asparagus rolatini and kabocha pumpkin hash, apricot-pomegranate gastrique for $26. Save room for savory-sweet mango sticky rice for dessert for $6. Open for dinner from 5 – 10 p.m., reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by visiting www.Pechanga.com/dining or by calling (877) 711-2WIN.
The Pechanga Café offers a great meal option for guests at any time. Open 24 hours, the Café will feature a Thanksgiving menu of roasted turkey with sweet potatoes, green bean gratin, and cornbread stuffing mashed potatoes finished with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce for $21. A Rumchata cinnamon cake finishes off this traditional holiday menu for $5.
If sweeping views of the lush, rolling Temecula Valley hills sounds like the perfect setting for your Thanksgiving meal, you’ll enjoy an indoor or outdoor Thanksgiving meal at Journey’s End at the Journey at Pechanga golf clubhouse. Chef Ronnel Capacia and his team will feature a buffet menu complete with freshly baked pastries, seasonal fruits, egg and omelet station, a tri-tip and roasted turkey carving station, honey-glazed ham, breakfast entrees, comforting soups and salads, and large assortment of desserts. Journey’s End Thanksgiving Buffet is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $32 for adults and $18 for children.
The Lobby Bar & Grill, Pechanga’s newest restaurant lineup addition, serves up three Thanksgiving specials including a poached pear salad for $12, a turkey dinner entrée including turkey breast roulade with apple and dark meat confit stuffing with chestnuts, potato puree and finished with a mushroom-turkey gravy and kale-red kuri salad and cranberry for $26. The dessert tempts everyone’s sweet teeth – a sticky toffee pudding with figs and crème fraiche ice cream for $8.
Pechanga will not be offering Thanksgiving or Christmas meals to go this year.
Journey’s End, as well as Pechanga Resort & Casino, feature complimentary valet parking. Journey’s End is open to the public as well as to golfers playing the course. For more information on Pechanga’s culinary offerings, visit www.Pechanga.com/dining.