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Host Giada De Laurentiis on `Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge.` (Food Network photo)
Host Giada De Laurentiis on "Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge." (Food Network photo)

Food Network kicks off Thanksgiving 'Feast Week' Nov. 18 with 'Choose Your Side' live event


Tue, Nov 6th 2018 03:25 pm
Full day of 'Thanksgiving 411' with viewers' favorite Food Network talent, including Alex Guarnaschelli
Food Network announced it will go live Sunday, Nov. 18, with a cross-platform "Choose Your Side" experience, offering Thanksgiving recipes, tips and inspiration across the brand's linear and digital properties, including Facebook Live, on-air programming and digital series "Food Network Finds." 
"Choose Your Side" marks the official start for Food Network's Thanksgiving week special feature, "Feast Week," which is full of Thanksgiving-themed content from viewers' favorite Food Network personalities.
"Food Network recipes and content have always been a favorite for viewers, especially around the holidays," said Vikki Neil, executive vice president and general manager of Discovery Digital Studios. "This year's 'Feast Week' and 'Choose Your Side' event is a must-watch, with even more hours of entertainment and easy-to-follow tips and recipes, making Food Network the one-stop-shop for all things Thanksgiving."
"Choose Your Side" kicks off at 10 a.m. ET with Food Network Kitchen's Vivian Chan going live to nearly 30 million followers on Facebook. Chan will show viewers how to make all of turkey's favorite sidekicks in one sheet pan. That means minimal prep and very little cleanup, which is ideal for a small Thanksgiving gathering.
At noon, Bev Weidner, host of Food Network's new Facebook Watch series "Pressure Point," will put her spin on a Thanksgiving potato side dish viewers have come to love. She will teach viewers her recommended way to spruce up the popular dish that will leave guests wanting more.
Two-time "Chopped" champion James Briscione will be live at 2 p.m. to show viewers how he reinvents the entire side dish game with his Thanksgiving bacon roulade. This mashup of a green bean casserole and Thanksgiving stuffing is wrapped in a fan favorite: bacon! Briscione can also be seen in all-new digital series, "Undercooked," with new episodes available weekly on Facebook Watch and the Food Network GO app.
At 3:30 p.m., Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli will inspire fans for their Thanksgiving gatherings by demonstrating a favorite Thanksgiving side dish that viewers can easily make at home.
A famous bakery in Boston takes the stage at 6 p.m. to demonstrate how to make classic pull-apart Thanksgiving rolls.
A good meal always ends in dessert, and Dan Langan, host of "Dan Can Bake It," has a special surprise. At 9 p.m., he will top off the day with a giant cake that looks like a Thanksgiving side dish, but is actually a sweet treat to finish off the meal.
On-air, viewers can enjoy Thanksgiving-themed episodes of daytime favorites including "Girl Meets Farm" at 11 a.m., "Giada's Holiday Handbook" at 11:30 a.m., and all-new series "Martina's Table" at noon. In primetime, Martha Stewart hosts holiday special "Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular" premiering at 8 p.m. Then, at 9 p.m., catch the finale of "Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge," when host Giada De Laurentiis, and judges Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall and Christian Petroni determine which chef heads into the holiday with the $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights.
For more information, visit www.foodnetwork.com/feastweek and join the feast using #ChooseYourSide.

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