Thanksgiving Events

Looking for something to do over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’ll find plenty of special events going on in the Southland – from auto racing to Native American crafts – here in our story for CBS Los Angeles Online.

Want to stay close to home in the South Bay? Check out these local holiday traditions:

Turkey Trot: Start Thanksgiving morning with a brisk run at the 32nd annual Torrance Turkey Trot. The 3-mile race begins at 8 am at the Sam’s Club parking lot in the Torrance Crossroads Center. More information.

Mama Liz Thanksgiving Dinner: Spend this holiday in Hermosa Beach at the annual, free, Mama Liz musical concert and variety show community dinner. Come one, come all. Volunteers are needed and donations are welcome, but not required. From noon to 4 pm at the Kiwanis Hall, 2525 Valley Drive in Hermosa Beach. More information.

Santa Arrival Parade: Come to see fire trucks, a marching band, colorful characters, and of course Santa at the Santa Arrival Parade at the Manhattan Village Mall on Friday, Nov. 25 at 9:30 am. More information.

Happy holidays to all!



Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving. Dinner. Do those words strike fear in your heart? If so, fear not, because Simple Gourmet in Redondo Beach is here to help!

Pomegranate-Lacquered Sweet Potatoes from Simple Gourmet

We had the honor of attending a cooking class at Simple Gourmet, where we learned all about tips and tricks to make Thanksgiving dinner prep easier. You can read all about their tips – and get one of our favorite Simple Gourmet recipes – at our sister site, the Jolly Tomato.

Don’t feel like cooking? You can order a Thankgiving meal to go from Simple Gourmet. $200 gets you a complete meal for 8 people ($25/person). You can pick it up from their Redondo Beach kitchen, or have it delivered for an additional charge.

Melanie Barsuk (l), founder; and Taji Marie (r), executive chef at Simple Gourmet

Want to take a cooking class or create a cooking event? Simple Gourmet offers private cooking parties, culinary team-building activities, and kids’ classes and camps. One class in particular we have our eye on: Kids’ gingerbread house decorating workshops – Offered Sat., Dec. 3 at noon; Thursday Dec. 8 at 4 pm; and Saturday, Dec. 10 at noon; for $40/kid. Kids under age 8 should be accompanied by an adult.

The Simple Gourmet Kitchen is located at 443-A South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach. Contact them at 310-318-6484 or at info [at]

Blogger disclosure, a.k.a. the fine print: I was treated to a cooking class at Simple Gourmet. I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed are my own.