Chef Justin Beckett wants to help families not only survive but thrive this holiday season by offering some tips, tricks and recipes to holiday home chefs.

Chef Justin Beckett
Chef Justin Beckett

Starting November 10th, Chef Beckett will post some tips and recipes for his favorite holiday dishes on Facebook ( and Instagram (@southernrailaz). Home cooks can impress their guests on the big day with dishes like Chef Beckett’s famous brussels sprouts and his Ultimate Leftover Sandwich.

Then on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chef will be taking to Twitter (@ChefBeckettAZ) to answer Turkey Day culinary questions like, “How do I save my lumpy mashed potatoes?” or “Why isn’t my turkey skin crispy?”

Once the big day is over, Southern Rail steps in to help with the recovery with three days of relaxed southern style brunch, starting on Black Friday and continuing through the weekend (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Home cooks can get out of the kitchen, impress those out-of town guests with the awesome Arizona weather on the Southern Rail patio, and best of all, no cleaning-up!

Thanksgiving events at-a-glance:

Pre-Thanksgiving: Check Facebook and Instagram for tips and recipes from some of Chef Beckett’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

November 26th: Happy Thanksgiving! Check in on Twitter to answer any last minute cooking questions @ChefBeckettAZ between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

November 27th: Black Friday: Shoppers can take a pit stop and refuel with brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.), celebrate their deal scores with a cocktail during Social Hour (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.) or enjoy a dinner that requires no cleaning-up (5 p.m. – 10 p.m.).

Black Friday also marks the launch of Southern Rail’s holiday gift card special: buy $100 and get $25 free!

November 28th: Small Business Saturday: Support local! Get out of the kitchen and impress those out-of town guests with the awesome Arizona weather by treating them to brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) or dinner (5 – 10 p.m.) on the patio.

November 29th: Winding down: Round out the holiday weekend with a relaxed southern style brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)  or take a break from the turkey and enjoy whisky, tunes and a hearty meal at Jazz & Jambalaya from 5 – 8 p.m.