It’s hard to believe for those of us still shaking off the tumult of fashion week, but Thanksgiving is around the corner. It’s never too soon to start preparing—and this year, you can make the feast that designer Billy Reid does with his family down in Florence, Alabama. For the Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appétit, Reid invited the magazine to his adopted hometown, to shoot, stuff, and savor his usual repast.
The shooting didn’t work out, Reid and Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport explained last night at a less traditional, but no less festive dinner to celebrate the issue at Peels in New York.(March, when the story was shot, isn’t hunting season.) Rapoport revealed that when he made the jump from GQ to the cooking magazine, Reid was one of the first fashion types he and executive editor Christine Muhlke dreamed of bringing into their new pages. Reid, for his part, just laughed and helped himself to a platter fried chicken. It may not have been the classic Thanksgiving fare, but the designer revealed it is the sort of thing you’ll find at his house’s celebration. For the magazine article, Reid’s friend, John Currence, drummed up a Cajun-spiced bird, but the customary Reid house entrée is deep fried.