Catering services are in high demand for Thanksgiving this year

For some, it all comes down to who's actually cooking the food.  Local caterers say due to Coronavirus, there's a steady flow of orders coming in. 

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OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss.(WCBI)- Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

Families are deciding whether to prepare their own spreads or opting to order meals at a local restaurant.

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Turkey, casserole, and stuffing are a few must have’s on the Thanksgiving menu.

For some, it all comes down to who’s actually cooking the food.

Local caterers say due to Coronavirus, there’s a steady flow of orders coming in.

” Right before I came out, I had to turn down another other. I’ve turned down five orders just today,” said owner of What’s for Dinner Cindy Brown.

Here, you can find an unlimited list of holiday favorites. Brown says she has 40 orders to fill for Thanksgiving.

“My best-seller would be the dressing, sweet potato casserole. I sell a-lot of sides but quiche, I have four different types of quiche and they’re really selling this year,” said Brown.

Brown says even though she’s completely booked, she’s expecting more customers to call in.

” So many people want to wait until the 25th, the day before, to pick up their order. My freezers are just slam packed full with orders and I just can’t take anymore orders,” said Brown.

Over in Columbus, Darby Unruh with Lion Hills Center and Golf Club says the demand is high.

” We’ve had a ton of orders come in really at the last moment. We’ve really been earlier on ,but now they’re coming in right now. I think for the past two days people have really been undecided about what they’ll do for Thanksgiving,” said Unruh.

But orders are not as large as they’ve been in the past.

” The family gatherings are smaller this year. In the past we’ve had people order two to three packages per family and we’ve only had people order one package per family since it is a smaller gathering. They’ll pull to the front of our building and we’ll have somebody out there. We’ll take the name and we’ll bring it right out,” said Unruh.

Although several families may not get prepare their own meals, Unruh and Brown are excited to have a helping hand in the midst of the pandemic.

” I’m thankful to still be open. There are a-lot of businesses that are closed down and I’m lucky I’m still here,” said Brown.

Both business will continue to fill orders up until Thanksgiving Day.