America’s Most Expensive Thanksgiving Dinner Will Cost You $76,000
The American Farm Bureau Federation recently announced that the average American family should be able to afford Thanksgiving dinner this year for $49.12. That sounds more than affordable, if not even on the low side of costs. If you happen to have a bit more money to spend, you may be interested in this year's most expensive Thanksgiving dinner, coming in at a measly $76,000.
The dinner includes gravy with turkey renderings and Pappy Van Winkle bourbon ($3,300), sweet potatoes with Caspian Sea caviar ($1,600/oz.), mashed potatoes with Swedish moose cheese ($455/lb.), butternut squash with black truffles, and an orange cranberry sauce made with whole cranberries infused with Grand Marnier, aged balsamic vinegar ($60/oz.), and wine.
The turkey ($105/lb.) is covered with spices and served alongside a smoked cured bacon slab of Japanese imported pork ($225/lb.), orange marmalade glaze with Dekopon oranges ($75/orange), and special reserve Grand Marnier ($1,800/bottle).
But the experience doesn't stop there, because for Homestead co-owner Marc Sherry, Thanksgiving really is about more than just the food:
In addition to the meal, patrons will also receive four tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway, $7,500 to go towards a Black Friday shopping spree, a two-night stay at a luxury suite at the Mandarin Oriental (to the value of $4,395), a limousine for travels, a guided tour of NYC, dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, a carriage ride through Central Park (valued at $260) and a $20,000 watch. Like I said, this Thanksgiving dinner is about more than the food.
If I had the money to spare, I'd probably pay $76,000 for the experience. But I don't have that kind of money, nor do I ever expect to. And that's ok, because it's not the cost of Thanksgiving dinner that matters. I agree with Marc Sherry - Thanksgiving is about the experiences. I have fond memories of Butterball turkeys, Stove Top stuffing, and homemade pumpkin pie with beloved - and crazy - relatives, of playing with my grandparent's dogs and watching football, and I'm quite content with that. So whatever your Thanksgiving may look like - and whatever it may cost - may you have a happy and blessed one!
(Though I would love to see Hamilton!)