UPDATED November 14th, 2017Thanksgiving, for me, is all about creating side dishes that will impress my guests! The turkey is important, sure, but what is that big bird without the garnish? Following, tips and tricks to serve it up with great sides. THE STORY OF THANKSGIVING For many of us, Thanksgiving Day is one of the most joyous events of the year; we celebrate with plenty of food, lots of love and gratitude. Since food and stories go together, here’s a short one for you from the 1600s: We owe this precious holiday to the Plymouth Pilgrims who were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving after their arrival to the United States in December 1620. Thankful to be alive, they decided to give a thanksgiving feast in the fall of 1621 inviting the neighboring Wampanoag Indians who were the ones that taught them how to cultivate the land. The feast lasted three days. Fast forward to 1789, President George Washington declared the first national Thanksgiving Day. Today, similar to how it all started, Thanksgiving is an ‘open’ holiday… friends, relatives, and neighbors gather around the same celebration. Traditional or casual, exotic or rustic…whatever way we choose to celebrate. The soul of the celebration is one and the same for all: to come together and give thanks—being together makes it a strong reason to celebrate and be thankful.