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Topher Vorhies

Leon’s partner and store manager Topher Vorhies displays the contents of a complete, made-from-scratch holiday meal from Leon’s deli.

Thinking of preparing another frozen turkey for Thanksgiving dinner?


If the mere thought of heating another frozen turkey leaves you feeling a little cold, maybe it’s time for your holiday bird to soar to greater heights.

Hey, pilgrim, it’s time to take a fresh approach to your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s time to step up to the plate and discover fresh and flavorful turkey at Leon’s Gourmet Grocer.

The bird’s the word at Leon’s, where the guys in the Butcher Block Meat Department are anxious to share juicy stories about their flavorful turkeys.

“The ratio of our fresh-versus-frozen turkey sales is about eight-to-one,” says Leon’s store partner Chad Winters. When it comes to discussing the fresh-vs-frozen differences, the foodies at Leon’s love to talk turkey.

Fresh perspective

For starters, tenderness starts with temperature. Here is what’s really “cool” about fresh turkeys at Leon’s: they’re never stored below 26 degrees Fahrenheit.

They are minimally processed, not injected. Since the fresh turkeys have never been frozen, they retain their own natural juices and flavors. These juicy details add up to a deeper, richer taste.

The farm-to-table turnaround isn’t just a catchphrase; at Leon’s, it’s a way of life.

“These birds are so fresh, they’re clucking just a week before they’re purchased,” said Winters.

Looking for a little extra kick that will inject even more flavor and spice up your fresh bird? Fire & Flavor’s brining kits create juicy, tender turkey with a crisp, golden skin every time.

More deli = more telly

If the Thanksgiving tradition at your house means a steady diet of football while you’re feasting on food, feel free to call an audible and dial up the deli for dinner.

Leon’s complete holiday dinner feeds 10-to-12 diners and costs just $79.98. Each package includes a turkey (12-14 pounds) or ham (6-8 pounds for a John Morrell spiral cut) and plentiful portions of homemade side dishes. Each dinner includes 3 pounds each of real mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and traditional stuffing, 2 pounds of turkey gravy, a dozen dinner rolls and an eight-inch pumpkin or apple pie.

“All deli dinners feature homemade components like Mom used to make,” said Leon’s partner and store manager Topher Vorhies.

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Need a little more of this, or a little less of that? Leon’s deli foodies are happy to customize your order to feed your flock.

One call does it all

One phone call to the Leon’s deli – (402) 488-2307 – and most of your Thanksgiving meal preparation is done. Heating instructions come with each order.

“Just pre-order your deli holiday meal, plan on ninety minutes of heating preparation time, and sit down to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner,” said Vorhies. “It’s that easy.”

Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or decide to dial the deli, you have two choices for Thanksgiving dinner. But there’s only one call to make for your Thanksgiving meal planning: Leon’s Gourmet Grocer.

You’ll be thankful you did.

Leon’s, located at 2200 Winthrop Road in the heart of Lincoln, is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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