It’s scary, I know. We’ve been told to wash our hands, avoid touching our faces, use elbow bumps for greetings, don’t kiss girls unless they’re worth the risk — all wise suggestions, I’m sure you will agree. But this is a food column. And I know many of you are freaking out about the state of food right now, and I can’t blame you.
Some states are taking drastic measures by shutting down bars and restaurants for two weeks, minimum. Store shelves are depleted as quickly as they’re stocked. (We may look back on this as “The Great Toilet Paper Scare of 2020.”) Events are being canceled. Children who depend on school for their meals are out until April. But, here in Mobile, I think we are going to be OK. Here is why.
The panic is the reason the shelves are empty. This isn’t a hurricane. Whatever is purchased today will be restocked tonight, for the most part. If you cannot find what you need at your regular store, relax. Shop around. Check specialty markets and ethnic stores before losing your cool.
They’re still open as of this writing, and I’m still supporting them. In Birmingham they’ve been ordered to take-out only, and that may be here before it’s all over. So dine out while you can.
From busboys to executive chefs and all positions in between, these people are fearful of what their paychecks are going to be if people stop eating out. The restaurateurs I know are obsessed with cleanliness, enough so that I feel comfortable in a dining room. I’m sure your steering wheel is filthier than a business that gets mopped and sanitized daily. Still scared? Go to a drive-thru.
Some kids get their meals mainly from school. With mandatory closures, a lot of families will need more help than usual. If you have the good fortune to help, our food banks would love donations and volunteers.
Feeding the Gulf Coast is maintaining regular business hours from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 888-704-FOOD if you need assistance or have any questions. The main branch is at 5248 Mobile Street in Theodore. Check out feedingthegulfcoast.org.
In Baldwin County, Prodisee Pantry at 9315 Spanish Fort Boulevard is always looking for help with their programs. Visit prodiseepantry.org or call 251-626-1720 if you can help or are in need.
There is also a community pantry temporarily set up at Stapleton Elementary. We will be accepting donations at Picker’s Paradise for this. with overflow going to the aforementioned Prodisee Pantry. We are located at 35056 U.S. Highway 59 in Stapleton.
Unrelated to coronavirus, downtown’s Truman’s Diner closed. Struggling for kitchen help, the owners felt the devotion to the restaurant was interfering with the attention needed for their other businesses. The good news is they’re in negotiations with a local restaurateur to open under a different name. We’ll keep you posted.
Guido’s wine dinner postponed
The Trione wine dinner hosted by Guido’s has been postponed. As soon as a date opens up we will let you know.
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