There are Thanksgiving feasts and then there are Ritz-Carlton Thanksgiving feasts.  And The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is offering a unique opportunity to learn hands-on how to prepare the latter.


The luxury hotel in Clayton presents “Thanksgiving Feast: Traditional Thanksgiving Favorites,” a holiday themed cooking class on October 19, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Held in the hotel’s kitchens, it provides guests the opportunity to learn delicious Thanksgiving recipes and cooking tips under the watchful eyes of its culinary staff, led by The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis Executive Chef Melissa Lee. 


It is a true cooking class – not a cooking demonstration - in every sense of the word: the participants do all the cooking.  Guests are invited to pepper the chefs with all types of culinary questions throughout the day of cooking.


The day’s menu is a holiday feast with all the trimmings, and then some:


Hors d'oeuvres

Lamb Bacon Pistachio foam, Dark Chocolate Lacquer, Candied Parsnip Lemon Puree

House Cured Salmon, Cucumber, Dill Crème Fraiche

Sweet Potato Turnover



Baby Beet, Tarragon, Ludwig Farms Vermillion Blue, Candied Pecan



Curried Squash Red Lentil Soup


Main Selection

St. Louis Style Dry Rub Turkey, House Made Blackberry & Tarragon Compote, Cranberry Sauce

Salt Crusted Prime Rib of Beef, Creamy Horseradish

Five Spice Duck Breast, Burnt Orange Cous Cous, Pomegranate, Broccoli Rabe 

Missouri Trout Almondine, Cauliflower, Brussels

Butternut Squash and Cheddar Bread Pudding

Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes


Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie

Spiced Pumpkin Pie

After the participants prepare the items, they and the Ritz-Carlton chefs will enjoy them for lunch in The Wine Room.  Cooking class students will also receive a booklet with the recipes of all the dishes.  Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. prior to the start of class.

The cost of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis “Thanksgiving Feast: Traditional Thanksgiving Favorites” cooking class is $89 per person.  Space is limited and reservations are required.  For reservations or more information, call 314-719-1433.




  • Occurred Saturday, October 19th, 2013 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm


The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

100 Carondelet Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63105