8 days of November food celebrations (Thanksgiving not included!)

Erin Thorburn, Tribune News Service on

Published in Entertaining

November might include one of the holidays most known for having an abundance of food, but Thanksgiving isn’t the only sustenance-packed celebratory option. As it turns out, the fall-festive month is simply peppered with “food days” (see what I did there?). Check out 10 November calendar days dedicated to a diverse collection of eats and drinks and how to use them as an entertaining focal point.

Nov. 10: National Vanilla Cupcake Day

The wonderful thing about vanilla is it can be paired with endless other flavors, fruits and frostings. To celebrate Vanilla Cupcake Day with sweet-tooth friends, invite each guest to bring a batch of vanilla cupcakes. Encourage them to take inspiration from Kitchenfoliage.com, which recommends topping vanilla cupcakes with chai-spiced, coffee, Champagne or strawberry buttercream frosting. After exchanging cakes, set up a sample plate for each person and serve a formal tea or provide a coffee station (don’t forget vanilla syrup and/or powder).

Carry over the vanilla theme with vanilla-scented candles, white flowers, pearls and twinkling-white lights strung about your entertaining space.

Nov. 12: National French Dip Day

Celebrating the French dip sandwich — composed of thinly sliced beef served atop a French roll, with melted cheese and au jus — can go far beyond the sandwich itself. Think about inviting guests to also take a dip in the spa/hot tub (yours or a community pool/spa). Or, have a nail-dip party. If the traditional French dip isn’t your thing, feel free to modify it (ex.: with veggie options) and incorporate a variety of dipping sauces. Yummly.com has a host of dipping recipes from Thai peanut and apricot Dijon to buffalo blue cheese and cabernet peppercorn.


Nov. 14: National Pickle Day

They can top a sandwich or hamburger, be sliced and fried to perfection or end up in a macaroni salad. But honoring the cucumber’s beloved cousin doesn’t have to stop at serving traditional pickle dishes. Those invited to a pickle party can be challenged to craft more unusual pickle recipes such as Polish Dill Pickle Soup and Skinny Dilly Pickle Fries (see recipes on PureWow.com).

Not expressly a fan of the pickle? Many other veggies can be pickled instead — peppers, green beans, carrots, etc. In which case, a pickling party can substitute a pickle party.

Nov. 17: National Homemade Bread Day


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