Thanksgiving Brunch at Per Se Benefits Toys for Tots
The invitation to Per Se‘s annual Thanksgiving Brunch for friends and family (our annual Thanksgiving morning tradition for the past several years) read, “Please join Per Se in collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. Toys will be distributed as holiday gifts to children in need throughout the New York City community.”
In addition to having arguably the best view in Manhattan of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route, we don’t know of another annual Thanksgiving brunch anywhere having better food — and given the array of offerings there’s no doubt both 5-year-olds and 50-year-olds would agree! From homemade pretzels (including versions stuffed with fruit preserves or chocolate ganache) to popcorn to pancakes, there is an astounding variety of sweet and savory treats.
And those aren’t just any pancakes, by the way, but Per Se pancakes — in other words, some of the very best pancakes we’ve ever tasted in our lives. Andrew was amazed to shoot this photo of how each pancake was cooked in its own individual skillet.
This annual party is great fun for kids of all ages, with the view of the parade offering nearly eye-level access to the balloons (although our cameras kept catching their rear view along Central Park South!).
Cotton candy is not just for kids when it’s made at Per Se — flavors like Cherry-Vanilla appealed to grown-up tastes just as much.
The event brought in a number of donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots — but Jeremiah told Karen that they’re receiving requests every day during the holiday season, so your support is much appreciated.
P.S. ‘Tis the season for holiday miracles: The first person we ran into when we got out of our cab and were dashing to Per Se was none other than Judith Regan, with whom we’d just spent two hours chatting about Thanksgiving on her annual pre-Thanksgiving radio show (on which we’ve been regular guests for years) this past Saturday morning!