Thanksgiving meal options for Nevada County residents |

Thanksgiving meal options for Nevada County residents

Interfaith Food Ministry volunteers handed out bags of Thanksgiving food to families in need at their Henderson Street location in Grass Valley.
John Hart/ | The Union

The season of giving starts this week, and there is no shortage of charitable efforts in Nevada County.

Already, the Food Bank of Nevada County and the Interfaith Food Ministry have doled out hundreds of turkeys and holiday essentials with businesses following suit Thursday.

In Nevada City, Matteo’s Public will provide free Thanksgiving meals for those in need.

“Every other year, we serve those in need, and this is that year,” said owner Matt Margulies. “We basically do a sit-down meal. It’s not like a line where they come and wait. We actually serve them — for people that need food and can’t get it. We’re hoping to attract some families.”

“I have been pretty amazed of the outpouring of the community in donating food and time to help.”
Matt Margulies
owner of Matteo’s Public

Located at 300 Commercial St. in downtown Nevada City, Matteo’s meals will begin at noon and last until 3 p.m., Margulies said. The food will be served by a cadre of volunteers, and much of that food will be donated by SPD Markets and BriarPatch Co-op.

“I have been pretty amazed of the outpouring of the community in donating food and time to help,” Margulies said. “I’ve actually had to turn people away.”

In Grass Valley, the Old Town Café is also offering free meals to anyone looking for a place to celebrate the holiday, staff members said Tuesday. That meal, hosted 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, is also served by volunteers.

The Elks Lodge in Nevada City is serving a free Thanksgiving meal to veterans, entitled Veterans Appreciation Dinner, said Cathy Whittlesey, executive director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Veterans eat free, and their guests are welcome to join with a $10 entrance fee.

Located at 518 Highway 49 in Nevada City, the Elks Lodge will open its bar at 4 p.m. and serve dinner at 6 p.m., Whittlesey said. To make reservations, contact the Elks Lodge at 530-265-4920.

A number of businesses will also be open on Thanksgiving for those looking to purchase cooked meals. In Grass Valley, the Holbrooke Hotel, IHOP, Kane’s, Lumberjacks, and Trattoria Milano are scheduled to open, according to the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

All of the Grass Valley restaurants are scheduled for limited holiday hours, many fix menus or buffets, and some require reservations, so call ahead. In Nevada City, the National Hotel and Bistro 221 are scheduled to be open, Whittlesey said.

Outside of Nevada City, The Old 5 Mile House is offering a special meal for those who make reservations, according to the Grass Valley chamber.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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