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Soul Food Atlanta: All About Thanksgiving

Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012

Soul Food Atlanta: Thanksgiving Meals

These days, mashed potatoes, corn bread, stuffing, and green beans are all associated with traditional Thanksgiving food. Maybe not fried chicken, but a lot of soul food is considered part of the festive meal of Thanksgiving. As things constantly mold and change to the times, so do the traditions. What kind of food was served for the first Thanksgiving meal? Paschal’s Restaurant gives you some insight here.

Not a lot is really documented about the first Thanksgiving meal in Plymouth in 1621. What we do know is about 50 English colonists and 90 native Wampanoag men sat down for a meal in what is now Massachusetts. The Wampanoag killed five deer for the feast and the colonists shot wild fowl which may have been geese, ducks, or turkey. 1

It’s not exactly soul food, but it is similar to what we eat now. Corn was served along with a variety of local vegetables. They didn’t have our refrigerators, semi trucks, or modern agriculture, so they had to eat what would grow on the local farm.

And so they had a huge table of veggies that we still find during the fall season. Some food that we eat today at our Thanksgiving meals that were definitely not around during the first Thanksgiving meal are potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. These vegetables, which have become staples of Thanksgiving dinner, probably weren’t available to anyone in North America back then.

In celebration of the season of thanks, Paschal’s Atlanta is offering a Thanksgiving catering menu to make your Thanksgiving even more delectable than the last. Order your herb roasted turkey today with your choice of any of our delicious sides.

Click here to see our full menu. Happy Thanksgiving!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/11/091123-thanksgiving-dinner-turkey-facts.html

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