Where to Meet Up With Old Friends on Thanksgiving Eve

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Thanksgiving Eve in Soulard. | Jason Stoff

Thanksgiving Eve is one of the best nights of the year. To prep for all that gluttonous holiday food, you get to see friends who live out of town (or perhaps you're the one returning to STL) and hit up your favorite bars and restaurants. Some are even turning the moneymaker into a night for charity. Continue on for a few of our favorite events planned for tonight.

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Sauce with the Sides: Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Happy Thanksgiving. | Satya Murthy

Food magazines, blogs and cooking shows abound with images of functional, well-coiffed families gathered around the Thanksgiving table with a glistening, golden-skinned turkey as the centerpiece. In reality, most of us end up eating a freezer-burned, dried-out bird while listening to rants from a crazy uncle and dodging questions about our marital status from prying family members. Fortunately, the Turkey Day table is also filled with a cornucopia of side dishes and (hopefully) copious amounts of booze. For those looking to keep it as classy as possible, Gut Check is here to help by suggesting the following wine pairings for your favorite accoutrements.

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Missouri Really Loves Green Bean Casserole

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Green bean casserole at Cielo. | Nancy Stiles

Based on what you're having on Thursday, this shouldn't be a surprise: Missouri really loves green bean casserole. In a new survey from Del Monte, Missouri rated No. 3 in the nation for green bean casserole love; 76 percent said they "really like or love the dish." Well, who wouldn't?

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Pint Size Bakery Offering Thanksgiving Hand Pies November 22 Only

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The turkey dinner hand pie. | Nancy Stiles

You already know how much we love the turducken croissant at La Patisserie Chouquette, so naturally we were intrigued when we heard Christy Augustin at Pint Size Bakery (3825 Watson Road; 314-645-7142) was making Thanksgiving hand pies this weekend. Augustin says she wanted people to be able to eat a whole Thanksgiving dinner (in miniature form), and it did not disappoint.

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3 More St. Louis Bakeries Offering Thanksgiving Desserts

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An ice-cream pie at I Scream Cakes. | Kerry Soraci

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5 Restaurants to Eat at on Thanksgiving in St. Louis

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Thanksgiving turkey at Cielo. | Nancy Stiles

Not everybody cooks on Thanksgiving. For some, going out to eat is a solid tradition. Maybe you don't want to do a whole feast for only a few people. Lucky for you, there are some great restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinner next week. Continue on for our Turkey Day picks.

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Gooey Butter Cake Represents Missouri in the New York Times' 50 States of Thanksgiving

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Gooey butter cake from Ann and Allen. | Crystal Rolfe

Ahead of Thanksgiving, the New York Times has put together a list of dishes from every state, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. We don't usually think of this as a Thanksgiving food, but gooey butter cake represents Missouri, and we couldn't be more proud.

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5 St. Louis Bakeries Offering Preorder Thanksgiving Pies

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Pies galore at Sugarfire Pie. | Mabel Suen

Turkey is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner, but it just wouldn't be a holiday without some pie. The good news is, if you're not quite a master baker, there are plenty of St. Louis pastry chefs offering up holiday pies for preorder.

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5 St. Louis Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving To-Go

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Thanksgiving is already stressful enough. Let these restaurants help. | Tim Sackton

The holidays can be stressful. Very stressful. Not only do you have to navigate family tensions, figure out travel logistics and cleaning, you also have to cook. It's only the most important part of the holiday, and you don't want to screw it up and get one of those disapproving looks from your great aunt. There's one problem: You're not a great cook. You're not even a good cook. Or maybe you know there's just know way you can get everything done in time. Well, calm down. There are several St. Louis restaurants that will provide you with everything you need.

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Take Home a Gourmet Thanksgiving Feast from Cielo

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The turkey is brined for 48 hours.

Cielo (999 N. 2nd Street; 314-881-5759) at the Four Seasons always has a pretty solid Thanksgiving buffet, but you can also take home a ten-person feast prepared by chef Gian Nicola Colucci and his team. You don't even have to tell your family you didn't cook it. We stopped by the restaurant's Gaja Room to preview that most sacred of foodie holidays.

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