Gratitude. It’s the concept behind Thanksgiving and one we do our best never to lose sight of. With this year’s challenges greater than most of us have seen in our lifetime, we try extra hard to focus on what we are thankful for.

Good food and beverage, along with practicing gratitude is something most of us include in our Thanksgiving Day celebrations.

We reached out to some of our local friends of Eat Drink Dine Kingsville to ask them how they’re focusing on serving up an extra helping of gratitude this year.

The famous Colasanti’s cinnamon sugar donuts

Long Standing Tradition

Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens has a long-standing reputation for fall fun throughout our region and beyond. Long known as a great place for family outings, the farm-restaurant-retail location has legendary cinnamon donuts. Trust on this, legendary… served warm. They are offering their traditional Thanksgiving menu options, as well as supporting fellow community businesses by featuring local fall harvest products. 

“It’s our hope that by focusing on our traditional offerings, our fellow community members find some comfort in them,” says the team at Colasanti’s. “We’re thankful that we are able to share what we love.”

Sustainable Community

Grateful for a plate of organic, sustainable turkey
Turkey ready with The Butcher of Kingsville

At The Butcher of Kingsville, they give thanks every day for living in the beautiful region that we do. They support our area farmers who are raising animals responsibly, cleanly and naturally. Then provide our community the best quality food possible. 

“We believe in supporting those that are doing things right, doing our part to ensure a sustainable community exists for us now and for the next generation,” shares Izabela Muzzin of The Butcher of Kingsville. “The craft of butchery, respect and proper handling and preparation of the meat is our contribution to the farm to fork circle.  We are always grateful, and especially this Thanksgiving weekend, for our community which supports us in what we do and have allowed us to service you.”  

The Main extending the spotlight

Extended Family

“At The Main Grill & Ale House, we feel very thankful for our extended family, states Heather Brown. “Our colleagues of Eat Drink Dine Kingsville who we work with on different incentives; our wonderful staff who continue to work with a smile along side us, our loyal customers and our community. Ten years in and this support is appreciated each and every day.”

This year has brought about different ways of doing things. Staying strong and keeping one another safe is key. The Main is an active participant in community initiatives to do just that.

“Our extended family continues to grow this year for which we are grateful. Our goal is to share our gratitude for that support, then give it back to every member of our extended family.”

Paying it Forward

The Kingsville community is grateful for Dennis and Haley Rogers of Green Heart Kitchen
Dennis and Haley Rogers
Owners of Green Heart Kitchen

Green Heart Kitchen launched its first Thanksgiving Dinner Menu this year. Rosemary Turkey Breast, 6 delicious sides and Apple Crumble. Yes, delicious and sold out.

“With such an outpouring from the community, we wanted to express our gratitude in a tangible way,” says Dennis Rogers from Green Heart.

They are donating 2 turkeys to each of the 4 local elementary schools in Kingsville to ensure families facing hardships have a full belly on Thanksgiving.

“This is something we have done in the past but feel it’s especially important this year. We are so thankful and fortunate to live where we do and be able to do what we love so that the love we feel needs to be shared!”

New Ways Together

We 3 Kings - Kingsville brewers collaboration cheers
Kingsville’s 3 Brewmasters
📸 courtesy of The Grove Brew House

We understand that this Thanksgiving poses new challenges and concerns. Please, don’t let that stop your spirit of together-ness. Although not as in the past, there are ways to come together. Virtually, outside with proper distance and by working together for a common cause.

a grateful community collaboration Aurora Berry Helles, Raspberry Lager
📸 courtesy of The Grove Brew House

We love this initiative from our neighbouring Kingsville breweries. Banded Goose Brewing, Kingsville Brewery Co. and The Grove Brew House. Going by “We 3 Kings” came together recently to create a collaborative brew, Aurora Berry Helles, Raspberry Lager. This 5% Lager is all local, right down to the Kingsville grown raspberries and very own Sasquatch Hops.

Another great tasting note on this “colla-BREW-ation”, $1 from each draught and 25 cents from each can are donated to the Kingsville Neighbourhood Charitable Alliance.

At Pelee Island Winery, we’re grateful for neighbours such as these, Eat Drink Dine Kingsville partners. We hope these sharing stories warms your heart and inspire you to serve up an extra helping of gratitude this season.

From all of us at Pelee Island Winery, we hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


Looking for wine pairings with your favourite fall fare? Check out our blog from last week “Perfectly Paired Harvest Fare“.

And our turkey pairing favourites? Click to shop online and for tasting notes.

Pelee Island Winery Lola Cabernet Franc Rosé VQA. Elegant label and bottle shape with a luminous pink colouring, this wine has a stylish appearance which reflects its taste. The grape varietals benefit from the warm lake breeze of the Pelee Island coast, where they absorb a fragrance of wild flowers and wild strawberries. Ontario wine.
Pelee Island Winery Pinot Noir VQA Ontario red wine. Medium ruby-red colour. Perfumed with aromas of leather and tobacco, flavours of raspberry and sour cherries make this Pinot Noir juicy with some grip.