As a 23-year old woman who lives alone in Manhattan and treks home to her parents for the holidays, I never thought about how to “make holidays happen” on my own. That is until I attended the ALDI holiday dinner hosted by Carla Hall, where I not only learned some tips on how to throw my own Thanksgiving dinner, but was extremely taken aback by the food, the people and the cozy, family-like atmosphere.
This holiday season, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with ALDI to make holidays happen. When I tell you I was not expecting to celebrate Thanksgiving on a Monday night, that is an understatement. Usually, when I attend events, I nibble or dabble. This event was different. It was like an actual family Thanksgiving and I wish I wore my stretchy pants. The first thing I saw when I walked in the room was cheese (lol, duh, that’s where my eyes go first). I was then informed that ALDI offers premium and gourmet cheeses throughout the year. Not just for the holidays! They also have everything to make the most delicious charcuterie board for any time of year which is great news because I seriously could eat this any day for any meal.
The second thing I noticed was a beautifully decorated table and then….the menu.
Cue the singing angels.
Ok, guys. Not only does everything sound extremely incredible on this menu, but every single dish tasted absolutely incredible. The thing that’s so cool about attending an event hosted by a grocer is that you really get to see how their ingredients can be used (aside from what you see on the shelves) and you also get to taste the quality of the products they’re selling.
But before I get into this dinner menu, let me give you some more info on ALDI and why I love them so much. Not only do they guarantee quality and freshness with their products, but they also ensure that while our carts are full, our wallets also stay fuller. (Yes, even in New York that is possible — affordable high quality groceries).
The way ALDI makes it possible for us to save money on grocery shopping is that they buy up large quantities of their customers’ favorite products. This in turn saves them money and fills their stores with the most popular products in the most popular sizes, and those savings get passed on to the customers (AKA you and me).
So yea…trust me when I say, every dish on this menu was brilliantly executed and the high quality of the ingredients was apparent with every bite. And there’s nothing I love more than affordable ingredients with outstanding quality.
Here’s a roundup of some of the dishes we had.
Squash and baby kale salad with warm bacon dressing
Beyond-compare Brussels sprouts
Might I add, “beyond compare” means bacon and cornbread stuffing mixed in with these bad boys.
Asparagus + almonds in a garlic cream sauce
We had scalloped potatoes and vegetable ragout in between, but I got too excited to photograph those. But trust me when I say…awesome.
Pineapple glazed ham
Chicken pot pie over corn waffles
In the beginning of the dinner, Carla did a demonstration on how to make these. They are shockingly easy to make and I am very set on making these for my Thanksgiving dinner.
Butter croissant bread pudding
Need I say more?
Cinnamon bun iced coffee
Nothing like a cinnamon bun iced coffee to wash it all down am I right?
There were some more desserts on the menu that I just had to eat right away instead of photographing, but I think you get the gist. A lot of people know ALDI for its delicious German chocolates, and trust me, I had my fair share. During the holidays, they also have items like cocoa dusted truffles, Christmas figurines and a wide selection of chocolate covered nuts. YUM.
And if you’re planning on holiday baking, ALDI has a great selection of baking essentials, with some of the lowest prices around, so it’s a great place to stock up.
It’s safe to say I left the ALDI holiday dinner extremely full and even more in love with their products. I also feel inspired to make my own Thanksgiving dinner (something I have never done before). It’s great because I got to taste all of these fantastic dishes and now, I have the recipes and can go make them on my own without being confused about how they’re supposed to turn out. If you’re reading this and you’re as intimidated as I was about holiday dinners, here are some recipes for your reference. I promise they are worth your time.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALDI. Get inspired with new surprises every day at aldi.us/holidays