The Recipe for Friendsgiving: Fine Food, Great Friends and Booking.com

Top Chef alumna Lindsay Autry showcases culinary delights at Orchid House in Miami Beach

Nov 12, 2015, 08:00 ET from Booking.com

MIAMI, November 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

What's better than Thanksgiving? How about Friendsgiving, which has all the luster of Turkey Day - but, with your closest of friends. And, where better to host a Friendsgiving "staycation" preview than in a posh Miami Beach villa - available on Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay.

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Last night, the famous Orchid House provided the luxurious setting and acclaimed Chef Lindsay Autry the culinary chops, as the Bravo's Top Chef alumna prepared delectable yet simple holiday dishes in the villa's kitchen. Among her concoctions: roasted carrots, fennel & sweet potatoes with coriander & sunflower vinaigrette; rye 'stuffing' with Swiss chard, market mushrooms, and pumpkin seeds; and buttermilk panna cotta with local honey, figs, and toasted pistachios.

"You can take the stress out of Thanksgiving by preparing elegant yet simple-to-make meals with like-minded friends," remarked chef Lindsay Autry. "Even better is to get away from it all, and enjoy the day at one of the thousands of fun properties - some right in your hometown -- available on Booking.com"  

Pepijn Rijvers, Chief Marketing Officer of Booking.com, noted that with hundreds of thousands of vacation rental properties available on its website and sister site Villas.com, the possibilities for a luxurious staycation are virtually limitless. "From guest houses to vacation rentals, house boats to even igloos, you can find the perfect staycation destination for Friendsgiving or any other special occasion. You will be surprised by the amount of hidden gems you will find even in your home town."

A growing trend in the U.S., especially among Millennials, Friendsgiving is the celebration of Thanksgiving dinner with friends. Often, it occurs on any day leading up to Thanksgiving or even after, giving participants the opportunity to enjoy the special day… twice; once with family and once with their other "family."

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