III Forks Executive Chef Tommy Nevill Talks Thanksgiving Dishes, Traditions And More

by Holly Gambrell Nov 07, 2017 03:05 PM

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful—and full. One of America's favorite holidays, Thanksgiving is based in traditions revolving around food and dining with the people you love. 

We recently spoke with III Forks executive chef Tommy Nevill about his favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Read the highlights from our conversation below. 

What's your number one tip for someone who has never cooked a Thanksgiving meal before? 

It’s all about timing. Create your menu a week in advance, make notes on the cooking time for each menu item and make sure you prepare enough for your guest list. I suggest preparing several items ahead of time and refrigerating in an airtight bag or serving dish. Timing is everything—make sure that all of your selected dishes and the turkey are ready at the same time.

How does III Forks prepare for the Thanksgiving rush and holiday season? 

We start our prep work three days in advance and cook 600 pounds of turkey. We start at 4 a.m. prepping the beef tenderloin and turkey, preparing the dressing and roasting the autumn vegetables. We also prep our signature Vermont maple-glazed Atlantic salmon, with coconut-infused jasmine rice. We shuck pounds of fresh sweet corn from the cob, sourced from local farms, and freeze it five days before Thanksgiving, and prepare the creamed corn in the morning.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? 

A hearty, fresh sweet potato side dish and pumpkin hash.

What is your most cherished childhood memory of Thanksgiving? 

Growing up, we prepared Thanksgiving dinner as a family. Cooking alongside my grandmother, who was quite accomplished in the kitchen, is a special memory.

What's your favorite part of Thanksgiving as an adult?  

Since I'm the executive chef at III Forks, I supervise our kitchen staff as we prepare for several hundred dining guests. Seeing families gather for dinner at III Forks during the holiday that celebrates a grateful heart is now my favorite part of Thanksgiving. 

Would you rather watch football, the Macy’s Day Parade or both?

I love watching the Macy’s Day Parade in the morning, and then if it is possible to schedule, I catch some of the afternoon football games.  

What's the best alcoholic drink to serve with turkey? 

As a sommelier and chef, I lean towards wine selections that pair and enhance the menu selections.  My personal favorite is Knights Bridge Chardonnay Pont de Chevalier, 2013-2015. 

How does III Forks accommodate special dietary needs for Thanksgiving? 

We offer a prix fixe four-course dinner on Thanksgiving with several selections to choose from, so we have something for everyone: turkey, beef tenderloin and salmon. Diners are also welcome to order off of the regular menu, and we provide vegan menu choices and gluten free upon request.

Apple pie or pumpkin pie?

I’m from the South, and a house-made flaky, crusted apple pie has my vote—hands down. III Forks offers a choice of three desserts on our menu, and the traditional pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream and caramel is a stand out.

For more information on III Forks and its Thanksgiving specials, visit 3forks.com.

4645 PGA Blvd., Building M, Palm Beach Gardens; 561.603.1975; 3forks.com

Photos courtesy of III Forks


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