Thanksgiving dinner: catered vs. cooked at home

Precooked turkey is one of the options for Thanksgiving dinner.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Thanksgiving Day is filled with staples like turkey, dressing, casseroles and pumpkin pie. Most folks do the cooking at home, which is often very economical.

Cameron Gaines, the deli specialist at Piggly Wiggly, said that a family of eight can eat for under 20 dollars. And for those that don't want to cook and are still on a budget, the deli has plenty of options.

While it may be cheaper, cooking a feast can be very time-consuming, which is why some people decide to let restaurants do it for them.

Cary Zapatka, owner of The Square Onion, said that they have many customers that turn to them for help with their holiday meal.

"It has kind of been a tradition for a lot of families," Zapatka said. "They call on us because they always want our sweet potato casserole or caramel cake. Or they call on us a lot because they don't want to do everything."

Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for the Square Onion, which is why they have been cooking Thanksgiving meals for their clients for nine years.

Grocery stores like Piggly Wiggly will be busy not only the day before but Thanksgiving Day as well.

"Wednesday is usually the crazy day because a lot of people pick their stuff up on Wednesday," Gaines said. "But, we still have a lot of them coming in on Thursday morning to pick it up."

Cooking at home and having your meal catered at Thanksgiving both have pros and cons, but the combination of the two are keeping the food industry very busy this time of year.

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