The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:34 pm

Albright's, Blue Stack taking turkey orders

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | The Journal Gazette

The excitement is palpable. Creepy cocktails and scary good desserts are being pinned on Pinterest, and wide eyes light up as they pass ornament and gift displays.

But as we make last-minute preparations for Halloween and begin the list of Christmas season to-do’s, we are missing something.

Thanksgiving. You know, that holiday where we watch football, gorge ourselves on pie and cook a bird of epic proportions. A bird you might have to order – soon.

• Albright’s Meats & Deli, 2820 Maplecrest Road and 4924 S. Calhoun St., is accepting orders for fresh, all-natural turkeys, smoked turkeys, turkey breasts and boneless hams. In addition, they will also have prime rib, Ossian hams, ducks and beef tenderloin roasts.

Not into cooking? The butcher is offering fully cooked dinners. Choices include roasted turkey, smoked ham, roast beef, mashed potatoes, au gratin potatoes, sweet potato casserole, homemade dressing and cranberry sauce. Most items are available in 3-pound pans that will serve eight to 10 people and can be reheated Thanksgiving Day. For information, go to Albrights?  or call 456-9009 for the south-side store or 485-0003 for the Maplecrest location.

Blue Stack Smokehouse, 3620 N. Clinton St., is taking orders for smoked turkeys. They will be available for pickup between noon and 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Call 755-6328 to place your order.

2 former Atz’s sold 

The former Atz’s Ice Cream locations at 3235 N. Anthony Blvd. and 211 E. Tillman Road have been purchased by separate buyers. 

Neal Bowman, a commercial real estate adviser at Sperry Van Ness, represented Atz family members in the sales. He says it is likely both spaces will see new life as restaurants. A barbecue concept was mentioned for the Tillman Road spot and Thai for North Anthony Boulevard.  

Atz’s closed their restaurants in September 2014 after more than 50 years in business. At the time, Jeff Atz, owner of the North Anthony location, said: "This year was awful hard, starting with the hard winter. It really hurt us." 

Around town

• On Tuesday, Olive Garden restaurants nationwide will donate a portion of in-restaurant sales to selected local high schools through a partnership with NFHS Network. Starting at 4 p.m., a portion of all in-restaurant sales will be donated to that school, up to $1,000 per restaurant. Sales at the Coliseum Boulevard restaurant will go to Concordia Lutheran High School.

Ted’s wine bar, 12628 Coldwater Road, is hosting a fundraising event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to help restore the neighboring cemetery. For $30 a person, guests can enjoy one sampler platter, filled with fresh ingredients sourced from around the region, and two glasses of wine or beer from local, regional and international vendors. With games inside and out, the fundraising event will be decked out for the Halloween weekend and welcoming attendants to share their creative costumes. A limited number of tickets are available; call 1-888-260-0351.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8727.

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