A Bountiful Thanksgiving

Chef Beau MacMillan Celebrates the Holiday with a Taste-Tempting Menu


Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, from elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort, grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the home of the first Thanksgiving. So, it’s not surprising that his favorite season is autumn and his favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. He loves the comfort foods, sauces and spices that the season brings. Chef Beau incorporates fresh, local ingredients to enhance the flavor of the food without masking it. He has spent the last 30 years developing his craft and says that the preparation of food is always evolving and he’s always learning. His creative culinary skills have gained him much recognition locally, as well as being on Food Network programs.

The Great Harvest

A lot has changed since the Pilgrims’ first Great Harvest, where those who survived the journey and that first harsh winter celebrated with the Native Americans who had taught them how to fish, hunt and what crops to plant. The holiday hasn’t really changed throughout the centuries, as we still celebrate it by sharing food with family and friends and giving thanks for our many blessings.

“Food is one of life’s most sensual pleasures,” states Chef Beau. “There’s nothing better than celebrating food with those you love.”

Thanksgiving Day Feast

Chef Beau and his catering team begin prepping for the holiday dinner three days in advance. He prepares 40 turkeys, as well as other items, including meats and seafood. The traditional turkey dinner usually includes his famous New England chestnut stuffing, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin cheddar bisque soup, mashed potatoes, apple cranberry relish and, of course, gravy.

This year’s Thanksgiving Day menu will include a tantalizing selection of appetizers, salads, entrées and desserts. Appetizers may include caramelized fig and balsamic onion tart; escargot pot pie; roasted pumpkin and white cheddar bisque; and cauliflower panna cotta. A choice of entrees may include a traditional turkey dinner, seafood options, veal, beef and vegetarian dishes. The grand finale will include an assortment of scrumptious desserts to choose from. A detailed Thanksgiving Day menu can be found on the resort’s website.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, Chef Beau has some advice for every man who loves football. “Tape it!” He recommends you enjoy the day with your family and friends and participate in the cooking and the day’s festivities. He doesn’t want anyone to lose sight of what the holiday signifies by getting stressed out.

“It shouldn’t feel like a chore, but rather a blessing with everyone pitching in,” shares Chef Beau. “Yes, that’s how wonderful memories are made.”

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Drive

Paradise Valley, AZ 85253