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    >> national restaurant association , as many as 14 million people could be letting someone else slave over the stove putting a new spin on an old holiday tradition.

    >> everybody in his own way knew what he had to be thankful for.

    >> traditionally thanksgiving is a holiday featured as a feast at home. this morning nearly 145 million people are expected to trade in the home cooked meal for a hand crafted one at restaurants across the nation.

    >> thanksgiving is a labor intensive meal. it makes sense if you want to gather with a bunch of friends or family, that you go out.

    >> giving them plenty of time to talk turkey. chef nicholas wilbur of new york city 's the east pole has been preparing for his guests for more than a month.

    >> we'll see about 300, 400 people. thanksgiving is a great experience. we want them to come here, feel at home and relax.

    >> at seasonal restaurant, turkey and all the trimmings come with a twist.

    >> thanksgiving this year we'll be serving a three course thanksgiving dinner , but not traditional american thanksgiving . we'll celebrate the holidays by doing some of our austrian classic dishes.

    >> the trend is people are cooking less at home, even on thanksgiving.

    >> reporter: at home, the average cost of a full turkey dinner is roughly $49, enough to feet ten people. out dinners can expect to spend more than that per person.

    >> i prefer to eat out. it's easier for cleanup.

    >> bringing new traditions to a classic holiday feast.

    >> if you don't want to do this, you can always order a restaurant meal and bring it to your home so you get the best of both worlds .

    >> or just parts of it. i'm ordering a cooked turkey. just the turkey.

    >> you saw how my house was when we had the dinner party with the four of us. i have 13 people coming down, all my in laws are coming down which i'm loving, but i can't have dinner at my house.

    >> you may look into the camera and go i'm loving -- well played.

    >> i love it. i'm very happy for them all to come because we'll see the parade and everything. i can't cook and i do like to cook.

    >> you're a fantastic cook.

    >> i'm doing the lester order-in suggestion.

    >> there you go.

    >> and you're cooking, right?

    >> we -- wife is cooking,


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