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Pavilion’s new Vienna Apple Strudel ($8) consists of apples, raisins and a flaky crust. Megan Maginity/22nd Century Media
BRAVO! Cucina Italiana’s Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread Pudding ($6.99) is topped with cinnamon, nutmeg, butterscotch chips, spicy pecans, caramel sauce and an anglaise cream sauce. Alex Mayster/22nd Century Media
Winnetka’s Trueman’s Catering puts a twist on the traditional pie with a round serving of pumpkin cheesecake. April Dahlquist/22nd Century Media
An Apple A Day Catering and Meg’s Cafe’s pumpkin bar ($3) comes topped with sweet cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Fouad Egbaria/22nd Century Media
Staff report
9:51 am CST November 18, 2014

The time is approaching to gather around the table with loved ones and feel blessed for all that is your life. 

Let’s also give thanks for this food — especially dessert. 

Thanksgiving is a week away, and besides giving thanks, this holiday is all about the meal. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and all the traditional fixings will populate a table of happy, warm faces. But before the tryptophan sets in, save a little room for dessert.