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Where you can still get your Thanksgiving dinner

Posted at 6:44 PM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 21:44:37-05

If you’re staying in Kern County and don’t want the hassle of cooking and cleaning up your own Thanksgiving meal, there are places that will be open serving turkey and all the fixings. Those places range from popular chains to local restaurants like Café Med and the Padre Hotel.

Jeramy Brown, who's the Padre Hotel's food & beverage manager, said, “It’s amazing. It’s so wonderful. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, as many other people. It’s a holiday about giving. It’s not about presents. It’s about offering. And that’s what’s so special to all of us here at the Padre.”         

Whether it’s dine in, or carry out, there are restaurants around Bakersfield who have you covered. Today chefs from three different locations showed off the amazing sights and smells from inside their kitchens as they prepared their Thanksgiving fests. 

Café Med Owner, Meir Brown, said, “I love the eating part. I love Thanksgiving food. You know it’s not something I want to eat every day, but I really really look forward to it because we don’t eat it every day. It’s a rarity when we have it. I love the whole combination. I love lots of gravy. That’s my secret.”

Restaurants like Café Med and the padre hotel are expect about 400 to 500 meals each, while The Mission at Kern County is expecting to serve 700 meals for those who don’t have somewhere to go this thanksgiving.

The Mission at Kern County's director of community development, Jamie Durham, said,  “So whether it be people that live here on campus or people in the community, with no family or no place to go, we want to be home to them.”

Wherever you do celebrate your Thanksgiving, Chef Meir Brown has these key tips for your Thanksgiving.

Brown said, “Don’t invite relatives you don’t like. Drink a lot of wine and enjoy great food.”

While the Padre Hotel is fully booked for their brunch and dinner tomorrow, Cafe Med is still taking reservations for their Thanksgiving dinner buffet. Also The Mission at Kern County is accepting anyone who shows up from 11AM to 1PM. 


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