Bonefish gives back with new Buford location

To celebrate the opening of its second Gwinnett location, the new Bonefish Grill in Buford will serve up an extra helping of goodness - both on the plate and in the community.

Following the success of the restaurant's Suwanee venue, Bonefish Grill will bring its polished appeal and seafood fare to Buford land-lovers in time for the holiday season. But before its signature revolving door is open to the public, the diner will host a fundraising event to benefit Family Promise, a local nonprofit organization that helps support low-income families.

The event will include complimentary drinks, appetizers and a menu tasting of house specialties. A silent auction, also benefiting Family Promise, will offer a selection of items including dinner for 10 at Bonefish Grill.

The fundraising and tasting event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the new Mall of Georgia location, 3420 Buford Drive in Buford. Tickets are $25 per person. The Mall of Georgia location will officially open Nov. 12. Call 678-546-8240 or visit www.bonefishgrill.com.

Ready-made meals help ease turkey day

Really, the pilgrims got off pretty easy. Sure, they had to kill their own turkey, but we have to worry about all the other steps of near endless Thanksgiving preparations. Hours of grocery shopping, days of baking pies and mashing potatoes - and then there's the clean-up.

Two area stores are putting their feet down, declaring Thanksgiving frenzy no more. Mimi's Cafe and The Fresh Market are both offering made-to-order holiday meals to go.

At Mimi's, the menu includes all the traditional fixings, from oven-roasted turkey to pumpkin pie. To-go dinners come fully prepared, ready to heat and eat. A meal can serve six to eight people, and rings up at $79.99. The to-go holiday package is available through December. Mimi's Cafe is located at 1880 Mall of Georgia Blvd. in Buford. Visit www.mimiscafe.com.

Over at Fresh Market, the ready-made meals are slated to include smoked turkey, petite spiral ham, herb stuffing, corn and carrot souffle. Sound good? Try it for yourself. The market will host a free in-store menu sampling of the to-go packages from noon to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There are six metro area Fresh Market locations, including a Suwanee store at 1500 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Visit www.thefreshmarket.com.

- Compiled by staff writer Anna Ferguson