'Thanksgiving To Go': Americans splash out on takeaways

2020/11/23 19:21

Today's Vocabulary

1. morphed (v)
gradually change, or change someone or something, from one thing to another

2. silver lining (n)
advantage that comes from a difficult or unpleasant situation

3. fowl (n)
bird of a type that is used to produce meat or eggs

4. feasible (adj)
able to be made, done, or achieved

5. surplus (n)
(an amount that is) more than is needed

6. polls (n)
places where people vote in a political election

7. generator (n)
company or organization that produces something

'Thanksgiving To Go': Americans splash out on takeaways

As officials warn against travel and in some places bar gatherings of more than 10 people due to the pandemic, the limits have raised questions about the impact on Thanksgiving, normally one of the biggest holidays in the US and a generator of billions of dollars in travel and food sales.

Among poultry producers, the likelihood that smaller gatherings this year could loosen loyalty to the traditional turkey dinner has raised fears of a surplus of the fowl, especially of larger birds.

But some restaurants, which have been hammered by social distancing restrictions and a drop in dining out, the situation has produced a possible silver lining, as smaller numbers make it more feasible for families to splurge on a professionally prepared meal – even if it ends up being eaten at home.

Thanksgiving takeaway packages are popping up at restaurants across the country, as chefs from Michelin-starred establishments to highway standbys like Cracker Barrel look to reinvent themselves for the Covid era.

Less than 10% of Americans typically eat Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant, according to polls by the National Restaurant Association.

But this year, what is usually a quiet day for the industry has already generated millions of dollars in sales, says Bryan Ferschinger, marketing chief at Tock, a restaurant reservation system that has morphed into an online order platform during the pandemic.

Resource: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54938855

  1. Why do you think people celebrate Thanksgiving Day?
  2. What foods are associated with Thanksgiving?
  3. What are some of the things you are thankful for?

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.”

E.P. Powell