Turkey on Thanksgiving too traditional? Fabulous Food Show provides fresh ideas

CLEVELAND - If your family is growing tired of the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy on Thanksgiving, Cleveland's IX Center was where you needed to be this weekend.

The eighth annual Fabulous Food Show arrived just in time to present fresh ideas on what to serve up on the upcoming holidays.

"You get tired of the same boring meal," said Brian Wills, of Willoughby.

Tim Monsman, executive chef with Solon's Market District inside the Giant Eagle store, was on hand to provide a few ideas on how to make Thanksgiving dinner a little more exciting.

"We've been doing a turkey meatball with cranberry barbecue sauce. It's a different way to get your cranberries and your turkey in a completely different fashion," said Monsman.

People also gathered around the Pierogies of Cleveland stand. Their special "Thanksgiving Pierogie" is about to go into production.

We're making our Thanksgiving day dinner pierogie which is roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and corn all inside of the pierogi," said Mary McCallum of Pierogies of Cleveland.

You can still keep your holiday dinner traditional, but serve it up in a different way. Sometimes you just need to spice things up a little.

"We make a barbeque sauce which a lot of people use on their turkey," said Stu Wilson, owner of BBQ Stu's.

Celebrity chefs were also on hand to offer up their ideas on how to make your dinner a special one.

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