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Lucy Beaugard

Where to Dine Out (or Order In) in Denver for Thanksgiving

So Denverites can ditch the kitchen

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Thanksgiving dinner from American Elm.
| Lucy Beaugard

Whether it’s a grand buffet in an Art Deco hotel dining room or a massive spread in the comfort of home, local restaurants have Denver diners covered for Thanksgiving. While traditionalists will find the turkey dinner of their dreams below, non-traditionalists — including vegetarians — also have options galore this year. To name just a few other interesting alternatives: Apple Blossom will be serving holiday brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Lincoln’s Roadhouse is cooking up turducken gumbo for the big day (call to order by November 19); Hinman Pie is hosting a pickup pop-up at Grange Food Hall through November 30; and So Damn Gouda is doing elaborate antipasto platters for a crowd November 22 through November 24.

It’s of note that Denver sits on the ancestral lands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute tribes (the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes are now federally recognized as one Nation); many ingredients in its restaurants this year have Indigenous origins but are often served without context or acknowledgment. Here are some ways you can directly support Indigenous communities this month and beyond.

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The Kitchen

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From noon to 7:30–8 p.m., the Kitchen’s Boulder and LoDo locations will both be hosting Thanksgiving service ($99.50 for adults, $45.50 for children 12 and under); guests get their choice of soup or salad, roast turkey or red kuri squash, and brown butter–honey pumpkin pie or apple galette, while several sides will be served family-style.

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St Julien Hotel & Spa

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Come to Boulder’s St Julien Hotel & Spa for the Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet (10 a.m.–3 p.m.; $90 for adults, $40 for children under 12), where the turkey and trimmings will be augmented by seafood, pastry, and salad stations, among other goodies; stay for the live jazz, Bloody Mary bar, and bottomless mimosas.

So Radish

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Vegans can be thankful for this plant-based Arvada eatery, which is selling holiday packages that star either whiskey-glazed tofu ham or vegetarian pot pie accompanied by cranberry-ginger chutney and a choice of two sides such as wild rice–stuffed mushrooms and baked sweet potatoes in brown sugar–maple butter ($65 for three to four people); a la carte pies are also on offer. Call 303-632-8681 to order by November 18.

American Elm

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The centerpiece of this West Highland haunt’s takeout package for six ($245) is a 14-pound spatchcocked turkey, accompanied by gravy, biscuit stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green-bean casserole; customize it with a la carte add-ons such as mac-and-cheese, buttermilk pie, and Chatham Artillery Punch (pictured) by November 20.

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Root Down

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Edible Beats, the restaurant group behind this LoHi favorite, is whipping up a takeout or delivery feast for homebodies that includes turkey two ways — roasted breast and pulled confit dark meat — as well as gravy and six sides, among them everything-bagel stuffing with chestnuts and crispy brussels sprouts with bacon jam. Click here to place an order for both dinner ($54 per person) and a la carte pies by November 20; there’s also an “Everything but the Turkey” package of sides and rolls for four ($90) as well as a vegan and gluten-free meal package from sibling Vital Root ($39 per person).

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The Bindery

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Feed six to eight people with a takeout Thanksgiving dinner from chef Linda Hampsten Fox ($380): In addition to a whole herb-roasted turkey with gravy, figs, bay leaves, and blood orange, it comes with wild mushroom–rabbit sausage stuffing, cranberry–apple–blood orange relish, black-garlic mashed potatoes, maple- and lime-roasted acorn squash, and brussels sprouts with pearl onions. (A la carte breads and desserts are also on offer.) Click here to order by November 20.

Maine Shack

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Celebrate the spirit of New England with takeout from this LoHi lobster shack, which is selling a la carte lobster roll kits for the big day along with trimmings of all kinds: clam chowder, mac-and-cheese, blueberry hand pies, and more. Click here to order by November 19.

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Kachina Cantina

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Though it’s known for its Southwestern cuisine, this Dairy Block spot is offering a traditional Thanksgiving special of roasted turkey with gravy, whipped Yukon potatoes, garlic haricots verts, honey-roasted baby carrots, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, and a French roll at $28 per person; pumpkin pie with vanilla whipped cream goes for $7.

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Citizen Rail

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From 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., chef Christian Graves’ LoDo spot is serving up a three-course prix fixe ($105 per person) with numerous options for each: Think wild mushroom velouté with puffed rice or baked oysters in cilantro-garlic butter; smoked turkey breast roulade and confit leg with roasted butternut squash frisee salad or dry-aged New York strip in sauce bordelaise; and pumpkin pie with white-chocolate mousse or roasted-fig bread pudding with bourbon cream. It’s also selling takeout Thanksgiving dinners for four ($200); for details and to order by November 20, contact alicia.adrien@hotelborndenver.com.

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Tavernetta

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Not a fan of turkey (or of crowds)? Tavernetta’s got the perfect alternative: A lasagna dinner for two ($125) that includes insalata, mista, focaccia, and a bottle of Chianti. Order by November 17 and throw in a pumpkin–red kuri squash pie or a large-format Negroni to boot.

Urban Farmer Denver

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In addition to charcuterie and sides like baked yams in maple-bourbon butter for the table, this LoDo steakhouse is dishing up a three-course prix fixe ($85 for adults, $40 for children under 12) that includes dishes such as chilled shrimp with spicy tomato jam, roast prime rib with blackened foie-gras butter, and chocolate cake with dulce de leche, as well as more traditional offerings, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Water Grill Denver

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The three-course prix fixe at this seafood spot ($68 for adults, $25 for children under 12) starts with clam chowder or salad; continues with roast turkey and gravy, roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and sourdough-apple-celery stuffing; and caps off with pumpkin cheesecake or sea-salted caramel bread pudding.

Chez Maggy

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The four-course menu at chef Ludo Lefebvre’s spot in the Thompson Denver starts with kale salad with roasted peanuts in lime vinaigrette and butternut-squash soup with brown butter; from there, diners have a choice of honey- and thyme-roasted turkey, grilled lamb chops with Parisian gnocchi, or roasted dorade with fennel, accompanied by a number of sides like green-bean or sweet-potato casserole and followed by pecan or pumpkin pie. Reservations are available from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($85 per person; there’s also a menu for kids under 12).

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STK Steakhouse

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Offered from November 24 through November 27, the roast-turkey dinner at this LoDo chophouse ($64 for adults, $29 for children 12 and under) comes with cornbread-sage stuffing, gravy, sauteed green beans with crispy shallots, maple-baked sweet potato, cranberry-orange chutney, and more (plus a la carte pie); it can also be preordered for takeout.

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Guard and Grace

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Troy Guard’s steakhouse is serving up a limited supply of Thanksgiving Boxes ($325 for six people) that include a seven-pound airline turkey breast as well as turkey-neck stuffing with French onion gravy, house rolls, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, pumpkin pie, and triple-chocolate cookies (a box with sides and dessert only goes for $225). Click here to order by November 21.

EDGE Restaurant & Bar

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The restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver is pulling out all the stops for its holiday buffet, which it’s serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. ($129 for adults, $39 for children 12 and under). In addition to a raw bar, there will be stations laden with everything from turkey roulade with chestnut stuffing and prime rib with Merlot demi-glace and horseradish cream to salmon-scallion cakes and slow-roasted lamb shoulder with harissa, plus starters, sides, and desserts such as brown sugar-cranberry cheesecake and milk chocolate-mango pot de creme.

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The Nickel

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A choice of roast turkey with gravy, prime rib in horseradish cream sauce, or cauliflower steak with cranberry sauce centers the Thanksgiving day menu ($85 per person) at this Hotel Teatro restaurant, accompanied by four family-style sides, including herb stuffing and sweet-potato mash, and followed by a choice of pecan-pie brownies, pumpkin pie, or apple crisp. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Corinne Restaurant

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At this spot in Le Méridien Denver Downtown, the prix fixe menu on offer from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. ($49 for adults, $28 for children under 12) includes roast turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, and rolls, all served family-style, as well as a choice of two sides, among them creamed spinach with gorgonzola and toasted hazelnuts, balsamic-glazed heirloom carrots, and potato gratin; additional dishes such as spicy tuna bruschetta and filet mignon will be available a la carte.

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Watercourse Foods

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From November 20 to November 23, this Uptown vegetarian institution is preparing a variety of meatless dishes for the holiday table, including glazed, herbed seitan roast and veggie pot pie; baked Brie with cranberry compote and potatoes au gratin; and pumpkin and apple pie. For the full menu and details, click here.

Mattie's Soul Food Bar & Lounge

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This soul food kitchen is cooking up a storm for takeout: Call or text 702-793-9982 to get a deep-fried or smoked turkey or chicken; sides like cornbread, red beans and rice, and stewed okra; and desserts including spice cake and peach cobbler in advance of the holiday. Prices are a la carte.

FIRE at the ART, a hotel

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From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., this Golden Triangle hotel’s signature restaurant will be serving up family-style feasts ($62 per person) of butter-roasted turkey with gravy, whipped potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, chop salad, and rolls, followed by pumpkin cheesecake and shortbread cookies.

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Choose chicken for a change at this local mini-chain (which also has locations in Platt Park, Aurora, and Greenwood Village). Available for pickup November 21 through November 23, its Thanksgiving packages ($74.95 for two adults and two kids) include a whole rotisserie bird; a choice of three sides such as mac-and-cheese and celery-apple slaw as well as two sauces; a large salad; and a pie.

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Le Bilboquet Denver

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With seatings from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., this French restaurant in Cherry Creek is hosting an extravagant three-course meal for $95 per person. Choose from dishes like oysters on the half-shell with horseradish and mignonette or truffled butternut-squash soup; roast turkey with all the fixings or le poulet Cajun in beurre blanc with fries; and profiteroles or brown sugar–walnut tart with caramel ice cream.

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A set three-course menu of clam-corn chowder with sourdough croutons and chestnut oil; turkey roulade with cranberry-mezcal gravy and sweet potato causa; and a red wine pear tart with pumpkin ice cream is on offer until 8 p.m. at Richard Sandoval’s Cherry Creek restaurant ($52 per person).

Somebody People

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This plant-based sensation on South Broadway is preparing a meat-free family-style feast for “turkey” day, with dishes featuring white and sweet potatoes, cranberries, carrots, collard greens, and more ($70 per person), complete with optional wine pairings ($40 per person). Meanwhile, its Ballpark sibling Everyday Pizza will present a three-course menu ($35 per person) that includes squash pizza, baked pasta, sides, and housemade ice cream for a festive twist on its regular menu (which will also be offered for those who can’t go a day without a slice).

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The Fort

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This Morrison slice of history is serving up a honey-roasted turkey dinner for the holiday ($52 for adults, $31 for children) that comes with gravy, mashed potatoes, fire-roasted maple yams, sausage-apple stuffing, green beans with almonds, cranberry relish, and brandied pumpkin pie. 

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Le French Denver

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Here’s something else a little different for the holiday: This French-Senegalese charmer is preparing poulet roti with tarragon sauce for takeout, along with French onion soup, pumpkin cheesecake, and more. Click here to order by November 19.

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The Kitchen

From noon to 7:30–8 p.m., the Kitchen’s Boulder and LoDo locations will both be hosting Thanksgiving service ($99.50 for adults, $45.50 for children 12 and under); guests get their choice of soup or salad, roast turkey or red kuri squash, and brown butter–honey pumpkin pie or apple galette, while several sides will be served family-style.

Leah McClay

St Julien Hotel & Spa

Come to Boulder’s St Julien Hotel & Spa for the Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet (10 a.m.–3 p.m.; $90 for adults, $40 for children under 12), where the turkey and trimmings will be augmented by seafood, pastry, and salad stations, among other goodies; stay for the live jazz, Bloody Mary bar, and bottomless mimosas.

So Radish

Vegans can be thankful for this plant-based Arvada eatery, which is selling holiday packages that star either whiskey-glazed tofu ham or vegetarian pot pie accompanied by cranberry-ginger chutney and a choice of two sides such as wild rice–stuffed mushrooms and baked sweet potatoes in brown sugar–maple butter ($65 for three to four people); a la carte pies are also on offer. Call 303-632-8681 to order by November 18.

American Elm

The centerpiece of this West Highland haunt’s takeout package for six ($245) is a 14-pound spatchcocked turkey, accompanied by gravy, biscuit stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green-bean casserole; customize it with a la carte add-ons such as mac-and-cheese, buttermilk pie, and Chatham Artillery Punch (pictured) by November 20.

American Elm

Root Down

Edible Beats, the restaurant group behind this LoHi favorite, is whipping up a takeout or delivery feast for homebodies that includes turkey two ways — roasted breast and pulled confit dark meat — as well as gravy and six sides, among them everything-bagel stuffing with chestnuts and crispy brussels sprouts with bacon jam. Click here to place an order for both dinner ($54 per person) and a la carte pies by November 20; there’s also an “Everything but the Turkey” package of sides and rolls for four ($90) as well as a vegan and gluten-free meal package from sibling Vital Root ($39 per person).

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The Bindery

Feed six to eight people with a takeout Thanksgiving dinner from chef Linda Hampsten Fox ($380): In addition to a whole herb-roasted turkey with gravy, figs, bay leaves, and blood orange, it comes with wild mushroom–rabbit sausage stuffing, cranberry–apple–blood orange relish, black-garlic mashed potatoes, maple- and lime-roasted acorn squash, and brussels sprouts with pearl onions. (A la carte breads and desserts are also on offer.) Click here to order by November 20.

Maine Shack

Celebrate the spirit of New England with takeout from this LoHi lobster shack, which is selling a la carte lobster roll kits for the big day along with trimmings of all kinds: clam chowder, mac-and-cheese, blueberry hand pies, and more. Click here to order by November 19.

Maine Shack

Kachina Cantina

Though it’s known for its Southwestern cuisine, this Dairy Block spot is offering a traditional Thanksgiving special of roasted turkey with gravy, whipped Yukon potatoes, garlic haricots verts, honey-roasted baby carrots, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, and a French roll at $28 per person; pumpkin pie with vanilla whipped cream goes for $7.

Kachina Cantina

Citizen Rail

From 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., chef Christian Graves’ LoDo spot is serving up a three-course prix fixe ($105 per person) with numerous options for each: Think wild mushroom velouté with puffed rice or baked oysters in cilantro-garlic butter; smoked turkey breast roulade and confit leg with roasted butternut squash frisee salad or dry-aged New York strip in sauce bordelaise; and pumpkin pie with white-chocolate mousse or roasted-fig bread pudding with bourbon cream. It’s also selling takeout Thanksgiving dinners for four ($200); for details and to order by November 20, contact alicia.adrien@hotelborndenver.com.

Citizen Rail

Tavernetta

Not a fan of turkey (or of crowds)? Tavernetta’s got the perfect alternative: A lasagna dinner for two ($125) that includes insalata, mista, focaccia, and a bottle of Chianti. Order by November 17 and throw in a pumpkin–red kuri squash pie or a large-format Negroni to boot.

Urban Farmer Denver

In addition to charcuterie and sides like baked yams in maple-bourbon butter for the table, this LoDo steakhouse is dishing up a three-course prix fixe ($85 for adults, $40 for children under 12) that includes dishes such as chilled shrimp with spicy tomato jam, roast prime rib with blackened foie-gras butter, and chocolate cake with dulce de leche, as well as more traditional offerings, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Urban Farmer [official]

Water Grill Denver

The three-course prix fixe at this seafood spot ($68 for adults, $25 for children under 12) starts with clam chowder or salad; continues with roast turkey and gravy, roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and sourdough-apple-celery stuffing; and caps off with pumpkin cheesecake or sea-salted caramel bread pudding.

Chez Maggy

The four-course menu at chef Ludo Lefebvre’s spot in the Thompson Denver starts with kale salad with roasted peanuts in lime vinaigrette and butternut-squash soup with brown butter; from there, diners have a choice of honey- and thyme-roasted turkey, grilled lamb chops with Parisian gnocchi, or roasted dorade with fennel, accompanied by a number of sides like green-bean or sweet-potato casserole and followed by pecan or pumpkin pie. Reservations are available from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($85 per person; there’s also a menu for kids under 12).

Chez Maggy

STK Steakhouse

Offered from November 24 through November 27, the roast-turkey dinner at this LoDo chophouse ($64 for adults, $29 for children 12 and under) comes with cornbread-sage stuffing, gravy, sauteed green beans with crispy shallots, maple-baked sweet potato, cranberry-orange chutney, and more (plus a la carte pie); it can also be preordered for takeout.

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Guard and Grace

Troy Guard’s steakhouse is serving up a limited supply of Thanksgiving Boxes ($325 for six people) that include a seven-pound airline turkey breast as well as turkey-neck stuffing with French onion gravy, house rolls, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, pumpkin pie, and triple-chocolate cookies (a box with sides and dessert only goes for $225). Click here to order by November 21.

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EDGE Restaurant & Bar

The restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver is pulling out all the stops for its holiday buffet, which it’s serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. ($129 for adults, $39 for children 12 and under). In addition to a raw bar, there will be stations laden with everything from turkey roulade with chestnut stuffing and prime rib with Merlot demi-glace and horseradish cream to salmon-scallion cakes and slow-roasted lamb shoulder with harissa, plus starters, sides, and desserts such as brown sugar-cranberry cheesecake and milk chocolate-mango pot de creme.

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The Nickel

A choice of roast turkey with gravy, prime rib in horseradish cream sauce, or cauliflower steak with cranberry sauce centers the Thanksgiving day menu ($85 per person) at this Hotel Teatro restaurant, accompanied by four family-style sides, including herb stuffing and sweet-potato mash, and followed by a choice of pecan-pie brownies, pumpkin pie, or apple crisp. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Nickel

Corinne Restaurant

At this spot in Le Méridien Denver Downtown, the prix fixe menu on offer from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. ($49 for adults, $28 for children under 12) includes roast turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, and rolls, all served family-style, as well as a choice of two sides, among them creamed spinach with gorgonzola and toasted hazelnuts, balsamic-glazed heirloom carrots, and potato gratin; additional dishes such as spicy tuna bruschetta and filet mignon will be available a la carte.

Corinne

Watercourse Foods

From November 20 to November 23, this Uptown vegetarian institution is preparing a variety of meatless dishes for the holiday table, including glazed, herbed seitan roast and veggie pot pie; baked Brie with cranberry compote and potatoes au gratin; and pumpkin and apple pie. For the full menu and details, click here.

Mattie's Soul Food Bar & Lounge

This soul food kitchen is cooking up a storm for takeout: Call or text 702-793-9982 to get a deep-fried or smoked turkey or chicken; sides like cornbread, red beans and rice, and stewed okra; and desserts including spice cake and peach cobbler in advance of the holiday. Prices are a la carte.

FIRE at the ART, a hotel

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., this Golden Triangle hotel’s signature restaurant will be serving up family-style feasts ($62 per person) of butter-roasted turkey with gravy, whipped potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, chop salad, and rolls, followed by pumpkin cheesecake and shortbread cookies.