Thanksgiving Ideas


Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away? The holidays always sneak up on us, but we are so excited to kick off the season with a delicious Turkey dinner with all the fixings.


Our Home for the Holidays menu was handcrafted by our chefs with recipes from their childhoods. From the cornbread stuffing to the sweet glazed carrots, each recipe holds hints of the past with fresh ingredients and the flavors you expect from Copper Canyon & Stanford Grill.


Of course, we can’t forget the wine! A Pinot Noir goes wonderfully with a turkey dinner, though many choose to start off with a white or some bubbly during the prep time.


If you’re looking for a simple way to decorate your table, try this elegant look with festive fall leaves and tea lights sitting in copper mugs. It adds the perfect amount of color to your table while leaving plenty of room for the most important part, the food!

If you haven’t ordered your Home for Holidays meal yet, you have until Monday to order in time for Thanksgiving! Click the links below for full menus, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Stanford Grill:

Food Blogger for the Day: Joyce

We were honored to have Joyce, the winner of our Food Blogger for the Day contest, join us at our Home for the Holidays preview event this week! Below is her coverage for the event. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos, Joyce! 


The holidays are right around the corner. Are you thinking about everything you have to do to get ready for it? Last minute home makeovers, the menu planning, the shopping, the cooking. Whew! All in the name of bringing family and friends together to celebrate gratitude…and eat some great food. Ever considered NOT doing all the cooking yourself? No guilt here; you’re not the only one.
Here’s a tip for you: COPPER CANYON GRILL! Its holiday menu has just been unveiled and it’s super-delicious! You can enjoy your holiday meal at the restaurant or order holiday menu items for pickup! (Shhhh! I won’t tell anyone). Rotisserie turkey (sooo juicy) and gravy, mashed potatoes, bacon mac ‘n cheese (OMG!!), maple-glazed carrots, sautéed green beans, cornbread stuffing, hot rolls…and the ‘piece de resistance’, pumpkin cheesecake! The restaurant’s chef takes great pride in offering this menu from his grandmother’s recipes. A culinary cornucopia of sumptuous delight. Why should others get all the good stuff? Here’s your chance to get some, too!
Copper Canyon Grill’s Silver Spring location will be open for your dining pleasure on Thanksgiving Day 11am-9pm; plus, the holiday menu items are available for pickup (2-day advance orders, please) now through January 1, 2016. Why cook when someone else can do the cooking for you?? Bring Copper Canyon Grill HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Happy Holidays, everyone!

Thanksgiving Contests!

Contest time! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to give back to you, our loyal customers. In order to do this, we will be holding contests from which you can win $50 gift cards to Copper Canyon Grill and Stanford Grill.


Win a $50 gift card to Copper Canyon Grill by answering the following:

In July, Copper Canyon Grill and Stanford Grill battled it out in a cocktail battle for our Woodfire Club members, but can you name the winning drink? Was it (a) GIN GIMLET, (b) NOT GRANNIES GIMLET, (c) BASIL WATERMELON COOLER? Comment with your answer on the Thanksgiving contest post on Copper Canyon Grill’s Facebook page and a winner will be picked at random just after Thanksgiving! *HINT*: you can always look back at our July posts on Facebook.


To win a $50 Stanford Grill gift card, simply guess how many pumpkin seeds are in our bowl. Comment with your answer on the Thanksgiving contest post on Stanford Grill’s Facebook page. A winner will be announced after Thanksgiving.

Good luck, friends!

Our Holiday Menu Preview


We were so excited to host a preview of our holiday menu at Stanford Grill in Columbia and at Copper Canyon Grill in Silver Spring last week! And more than that, we were honored to have a few food bloggers, long time customers and community leaders dining with us and celebrating our delicious and traditional Holiday Menu.

Read the reviews in their own words below. And don’t forget that we are offering our holiday menu for you to take home until 1 January 2014 – just be sure to order two days in advance. Scroll down for more pictures!

Stanford Grill:

My husband and I had the pleasure of attending the Holiday Preview Dinner at Stanford Grill.  What a fun evening!  The event was held on Stanford Grill’s covered patio.  The warm fire and the soft strings of lights create such a warm and festive environment for a Holiday event!

When the food started coming out, it was nothing less than what we’ve come to expect from Stanford Grill – fresh, delicious and plentiful!  The meal started off with a cheese and fruit platter and fried blue point oysters.  The oysters were perfectly breaded and had an excellent taste. 

Next came the salads.  Stanford Grill’s house salad is by far my favorite salad from a restaurant.  The combination of the cornbread croutons, house dressing, goat cheese and candied pecans make it a real delight for the taste buds.

For the main course, my husband ordered the turkey and I ordered the prime rib so we could share each other’s and try both.  Both dishes were exactly what I expect from a special Holiday meal.  The prime rib was a thick cut and cooked exactly as I had requested and served with horseradish sauce and a flavorful au jus.  I was surprised by how moist the turkey was.  The stuffing was nicely seasoned and a perfect accompaniment in addition to the spinach and cognac mashed potatoes.

We were served pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.  The pumpkin cheesecake paired with hot french press coffee was just the right ending to the meal.

We have out of town family members coming to stay with us at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We’ve already made reservations to bring them to enjoy the food at Stanford Grill.  After trying the Holiday menu, I have no doubt that our guests will enjoy the meal!

I would like to thank the entire Stanford Grill crew for putting together such an amazing event last night and giving us the opportunity to dine with you and experience your holiday menu first hand in such an intimate setting.  The entire staff from the Assistant GM, to the internet team, down to the waiter/waitresses were all very friendly and welcoming and made sure all our needs were met throughout the night.  As far as the food, I have two words ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!!!  Stanford Grill has been a favorite of ours for some time due to its hidden location, ambience, live entertainment, unbelievable food portions, and to die for mouth watering desserts.  This event was no exception!!!!!  The portion sizes were very generous and they made sure each person in the room left 100% satisfied from the fried oysters, to the spicy chili, to our main course of sautéed spinach, alcohol infused garlic mashed potatoes, ribs, and we can’t forget the pumpkin cheesecake.  Did I mention we had plenty of food leftovers to take home which is always a huge plus!!!!  I would recommend your restaurant to anyone, especially if you’re looking for great food at affordable pricing.  Again thanks for the opportunity and we look forward to dining with you again in the near future:)

Copper Canyon Grill:
Thank you very much for allowing me to preview your holiday menu. My guest and I enjoyed every bite, literally. The fried oysters were seasoned very well and fried to perfection.Your Caesar salad wowed me as usual. I loved the cornbread croutons. They gave it that extra umph. Both the roasted turkey and prime rib were very tender and succulent. The cornbread stuffing was very moist and the mashed potatoes were to die for. My favorite item of all was the pumpkin cheesecake. I can’t stop drooling about it. The pecan crust and caramel sauce complimented it very well. As you can see, I was very impressed. Once again, thanks a lot!

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Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas


Thanksgiving is fast-approaching and it’s about time to start putting the finishing touches together, tablescape included. Here are a few tablescape ideas we think will take your holiday decor to the next level and bring in the spirit of the holidays.

Reflecting the warm colors of the season like reds, oranges, and yellows always gets us in the Thanksgiving spirit! You can use these colors in the linens on the table and don’t be afraid to mix and match! Rustic tables are my favorite. For example, really simple glassware, a wooden table without a tablecloth and using herbs as a garland runner is just stunning. Not only does it look gorgeous, it brings in the smell of fall with the rosemary, sage, lavender and thyme bunches.

Another great way to incorporate the season into your table decor is to take advantage of the fall foliage and its harvest. Placing fallen autumn leaves of all colors up and down the table, as well as a scattering of cranberries for a pop of color gives your table a nice warming and traditional feel.

Replacing traditional candle votive holders with hollowed out pumpkins is another creative and festive way to incorporate the season into your tablescape. Highlight those squash and pumpkins!

Also, I always think making a photo collage with pictures of dinner guests is a nice conversation starter as well as great way to show your appreciation of them!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Holiday Menu


It’s that time of year again! We are so thrilled for the holiday season, we wanted to share with you our 2013 Holiday menu. Whether you plan on celebrating the holidays at home or with us, there are plenty of options to enjoy the delicious cuisine of our chefs.

This year our menu includes your choice of one oven-roasted turkey or two of our famous roast chickens. You also can pick three sides  including: mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, sweet glazed carrots, sauteed green beans. All that and cranberry sauce and cornbread. As for dessert, you can choose between Key Lime Pie or Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Sauce.

If you plan on celebrating with us at the restaurant, we have private rooms available that can hold up to 70-125 guests with customizable options including lunch, dinner, buffet or bar packages. For booking information, contact us at any of our locations.

Our holiday menu is available for pick up if ordered two days in advance up until the New Year! For pricing and more information on the menu, click here for Copper Canyon Grill and here for Stanford Grill.

From all of us here at Copper Canyon Grill and Stanford Grill, we wish a happy holiday season to you and yours!

Flavors of Fall



We are so excited that fall is here because  it’s one of our favorite seasons due to all the iconic flavors! So, if you can’t get enough of fall flavors and are looking to stock your kitchen full of autumnal foods, listen up.

Fruits like apples and cranberries are great to keep around because they are so versatile. You can use them in everything from baked goods to salads. A few of our favorite fall vegetables, like pumpkin and butternut squash are great roasted as a side dish or in soups or stews.

If you want to fill your home with the fragrances of fall, try incorporating autumnal spices like nutmeg, clove, allspice and cinnamon to a recipe and you’ll be in the seasonal spirit in no time!

When discussing fall foods we can’t forget the turkey! Roasted with sage and rosemary (a few more of our favorite fall flavors) turkey is the quintessential autumn fare.

What are some of your favorite fall flavors?