VISALIA, Calif. — Every year, Chef/Owner David Vartanian and his staff prepare an extraordinary Thanksgiving Dinner at the Vintage Press Restaurant in Visalia. The Vintage Press (https://thevintagepress.com/) is one of Central California’s most prestigious dining destinations. Since 1966, the Vartanian family has welcomed local residents, visitors and dignitaries alike on special occasions and for holiday celebrations. “From the beginning, we have endeavored to offer a classic dining experience balanced by genuine charm and civic purpose. As the founder of several cultural events in Visalia, we savor our role in the community. And as the venue for many exceptional moments and celebrations, we cherish the ability to make every occasion memorable for our guests,” says David. (https://www.tota.world/article/3473/)
As summer fades, the restaurant’s staff looks toward the bounty of the autumn harvest to showcase a new season of flavor. With four unique and distinct dining rooms and curated menus that reflect the season, David and his family invite you to experience a Vintage Press Thanksgiving.
Wine Spectator writes The Vintage Press has “one of the best wine lists in the world,” while Fodor’s raves it is “the best restaurant in the Central Valley,” and the Los Angeles Times applauds it as “a bastion of culinary merit.”
The Vintage Press has received noteworthy accolades and honors throughout its history – David was voted one of the Best Chefs in America (https://www.bestchefsamerica.com/david-vartanian). And David’s Whole Baby Pumpkin recipe, a holiday favorite, is featured at the American Pistachio Growers’ website: https://americanpistachios.org/recipes-and-snacking/recipes/roasted-whole-baby-pumpkins
“The Thanksgiving season is a festive time,” says David. “Many of our friends and family return each year to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with us, and they always have a wonderful time. While some first-time cooks at home may worry about cooking their own turkey, it’s really not that hard,” he adds. “If you’re a novice in the kitchen, stick to the essentials: turkey, dressing, a fresh cranberry sauce, potatoes or rice, gravy and a vegetable of some kind. The key to not overcooking your turkey is always using a meat thermometer to check the temperature. And, avoid the turkeys that come at a bargain price. If you can, always buy a fresh turkey. A good turkey will make all the difference for your next holiday meal,” he adds.
Here are two of David’s favorite holiday recipes: