King's Hawaiian Is Offering Amtrak Travelers A Pre-Thanksgiving Meal

CORRECTION 11/4/22: A previous version of this article stated the promotion would be coming to Boston's South Street Station. In a statement provided to Tasting Table, a representative clarified the "Roll Home in Style" promotion will be at Boston's South Station.

With the holidays fast approaching, millions of Americans are likely staring down the prospect of a long, stressful trip to see friends or family in the coming weeks. Statista reports that 53.4 million Americans traveled during Thanksgiving week in 2021 alone, and the 2022 season is predicted to be even bigger (via Forbes). For some lucky travelers in New England, though, the trip will be made a little sweeter, thanks to King's Hawaiian, the makers of everyone's favorite Hawaiian-inspired sweet dinner rolls. According to a press release, the family-owned company will partner with Amtrak to provide pre-Thanksgiving meals to travelers coming through New York, Philadelphia, and Boston on select dates leading up to Thanksgiving.

The "Roll Home in Style" promotion will offer travelers in special dining cars a "Thanksgiving-inspired" meal "showcasing all the delectable ways to enjoy King's Hawaiian this holiday season," including salads with King's Hawaiian croutons, a "Thanksgiving leftovers" sandwich, and a King's Hawaiian pumpkin bread pudding.

"We're honored our products have played an integral 'roll' on so many families' holiday tables for more than 70 years," said King's Hawaiian president Chad Donvito in the press release." After two years of slimmed-down gatherings, many people will be traveling to reconnect with loved ones this Thanksgiving, millions by train. We are doing our part to make the journey a little sweeter by turning train dining cars into an unforgettable experience that proves everything — even holiday travel — is better with King's Hawaiian."

'Roll' Home in Style

So how can you experience one of these holiday-themed dining cars? You're going to need to be traveling through one of three select stations in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. According to King's Hawaiian, travelers on the 3:30 train from Philadelphia's 30th Street Station to New York's Penn Station on Friday, November 18 or on the 1:30 train from Penn Station to Boston's South Station on Saturday, November 19 will be able to enjoy meals in their train's dining cars. There will also be opportunities for travelers to enjoy the experience in a stationary dining car in each of the three stations before they hop on other trains. In-station meals will be available in Philadelphia from 1-2:30 p.m. on November 18, in New York from 11 a.m. to 12:30 on November 19, and in Boston from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 20.

If you miss your chance to experience the aloha spirit on your holiday trip, King's Hawaiian has numerous holiday recipes available on its website that you could incorporate into your Thanksgiving feast, including ideas for pineapple stuffing and "pumpkin pie in a jar."

The announcement of the Amtrak partnership is not the only thing King's Hawaiian fans have to be thankful for this holiday season, according to All on Georgia. The iconic brand announced plans on November 1 to expand its bakery facility in Oakwood, Georgia next year, expanding its production and creating 160 new jobs in the state.