The mad rush to create the perfect Thanksgiving feast

CHERRY HILL, NJ (WPVI) — There was a hustle and bustle at the bakery counter at Ponzio’s Diner and Bakery in Cherry Hill, NJ

“We have pumpkin pie, chocolate pie and cheesecake,” said Shana Gadarian of Syracuse, NY

“They have really nice cupcakes that look like turkey and the kids really like them,” said Candy Kean, who traveled from Center City to pick up some desserts from Ponzio’s.

This is also where turkey dinners are packaged for people who have ordered a pre-cooked Thanksgiving dinner.

“Every department is running at full speed Monday through probably Sunday night,” said Nick Fifis, partner at Ponzio’s Diner.

Ponzio’s Bakery has received about 1,000 cake orders for this Thanksgiving, and the bakery counter will be open on Thursday for anyone with a last-minute dessert pick-up.

And of course, on Thanksgiving Eve, grocery shoppers fill their carts with some last-minute items.

“I wanted fresh flowers and then the little things,” said Linda Casole of Voorhees, NJ. “I needed shallots and dill and little spices and things to finish the dishes.”

And for those who like a low-key Thanksgiving, Rastelli’s Market Fresh in Marlton will roast a turkey for you, to the delight of hundreds of people who don’t want to do it themselves.

That includes Medford’s Steve Strauss.

“Much easier,” he said. “Paper plates. Plastic cutlery – throw everything away.”

The kitchen has been busy as over 500 dinners are picked up Wednesday and Thursday.

“I personally did 3,000 pounds of stuffing this year. We cooked 2,000 pounds of green beans. I made almost 1,000 pounds of mac and cheese,” said executive chef Sean Joseph.

And for last-minute emergencies, Rastelli’s is open on Thanksgiving.

“It was kind of entertaining. People say, ‘Are you open on Thanksgiving?’ We say ‘yes’,” said operations manager Chris Mentzer. “They said, ‘Oh, thank God, a safety net. Just in case I mess something up!'”

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