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Sunday, November 29, 2015
Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours
We would like to thank the patrons and staff of Toma Restaurant and Bar for another wonderful year. We are grateful to our customers for their support and enthusiasm, and for making us your romantic waterfront dining destination. Special thanks to our Executive Chef Nat Ely for his extraordinary offerings. Take the time this Thanksgiving to enjoy the company of friends and family.
Tom and Vicki Dolan
Toma’s Turkey Trivia:
Although most people consider Plymouth Massachusetts to be the site of the original Thanksgiving feast, this fact has been disputed. There are other states that have claimed this distinction including Texas, Florida and Maine.
It is estimated that Americans consume a whopping 46 million turkeys each year at Thanksgiving!
The tradition of the Thanksgiving football game goes back to 1876 when Yale played Princeton but it didn’t become an NFL tradition until Thanksgiving 1934.
Starting with President Truman in 1947, it has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition for the President of the United States to grant pardon to select turkeys.
Rumor has it that Swanson’s invented the first TV dinner as a result of having a surplus of frozen turkeys left after slow Thanksgiving sales.
The United States boast three turkey-monikered towns: Turkey Texas, Turkey North Carolina and Turkey Creek Los Angeles.
The dangling flesh at a male turkey’s neck is called a “wattle”. It is red when they are trying to attract a mate, but will turn blue if they are startled or scared.
Turkeys are a type of pheasant. Male turkeys are referred to as “Toms” while females are “Hens”. Baby turkeys are “poults”, young males are “Jakes” and young females are “Jennys”.
It is typically assumed that turkeys can’t fly. While this might be true of most domesticated birds, their wild counterparts can fly at speeds up to 55 mph and run as fast as 20 mph!
Only Toms gobble.
June, not November, is National Turkey Lovers Month.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the Turkey that makes you sleepy after Thanksgiving Day dinner. It may be a combination of excessive amounts of carbs, overeating and alcohol consumption.
According to recent surveys, approximately 88% of Americans have turkey at Thanksgiving.
Turkeys see in color.
It was Gimbel’s department store that organized the first Thanksgiving Day parade back in 1920. Macy’s didn’t have theirs until 1924.
Q: Can you accommodate special dietary considerations?
A: Yes, the menu at Toma includes Gluten-free and vegetarian options. Please advise your server of any special needs when ordering.
Q: Does Toma Restaurant + Bar source their food locally?
A: Our Executive Chef selects the finest ingredients that Santa Barbara has to offer. Wesupport local farmers, fishermen and artisans.
Local events for those traveling to Santa Barbara for the holidays:
Thanksgiving 4 Miler Gather with friends and family to run, walk or cheer at the 21st Annual Santa Barbara Thanksgiving 4 Miler.
Organic Soup Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Dinner Take time over the holidays to give back to the Santa Barbara community and its less fortunate members. Sign up to volunteer at the Organic Soup Kitchen’s 7th annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.
ArtSEE: November 22-30 in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Central Library. ArtSEE is a fundraiser art exhibit and sale to benefit SEE International, a non-profit organization where volunteer eye surgeons work to restore sight to disadvantaged blind individuals worldwide. The exhibition features original and affordable works by Abstract Art Collective members, plus additional artwork juried and curated by Dug Uyesaka.
Coming in December – 30th Annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights: “A Red, White & Blue Holiday” in tribute to our local veterans. The event starts with fun for the entire family at Santa’s Village on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor. The annual boat parade begins at 5:30 p.m. with about 25 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. The event culminates with a 5-7 minute fireworks display at approximately 7 p.m.
From all of us at Toma Restaurant, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays.
-Tom & Vicki
p.s. please note we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day