Since Halloween is a ghost of a memory, now comes the countdown and preparation for Thanksgiving. What are you making this year? Will it be traditional or will it be something new? Don’t wait until the last minute. Begin your planning now, if you haven’t done so already.

If you are stuck and need a little creative culinary inspiration or simply want to make T-Day painless and stress-free, make your way to Fairway Market in Harlem (2328 12th Ave. at 130th Street) this Saturday, Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for their annual “Hosting the Holiday” event. You will be able to indulge in Fairway’s signature Thanksgiving fare and receive 10 percent off catering orders placed that day.

Main course savory dishes available from the Thanksgiving menu will include options like Fairway’s famous oven-ready organic turkey and honey-spiced glazed spiral ham. For sides, try homemade stuffing in varieties from corn bread and pecan to fresh herb mushroom, roasted root vegetables, parsnip and turnip puree and wild rice with dried cranberries and pecans.

Perhaps you enjoy cooking the main meal, but baking and desserts aren’t your thing. Try Fairway’s perfect apple, sweet potato, pumpkin, pecan or three-berry pies, among some of the other Thanksgiving desserts that will be sampled at the tasting. Just ordering your dessert checks one task off your list.

So let’s recap: easy Saturday in a great, local grocery store spent sampling different signature Fairway holiday foods, planning your meal and ordering it three weeks in advance with 10 percent off. If you normally prepare the meal, you know how long it takes and how much it costs. This is not only a money saver-it’s a lifesaver.

“Hosting the Holiday” will be held at most Fairway Market locations (excluding the Upper East Side and Upper West Side stores). Go to for more information.