Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that all restaurants in the state shift to take-out and delivery service only, and has lifted the ban on alcohol delivery for restaurants under certain circumstances. (Read the executive order here.) Several local restaurants had already made this change, and lists of options are available and being updated by Amy Drew Thompson at the Orlando Sentinel and Lisa Wilke of Taste Cook Sip. For diners who would like to know what to expect from the curbside pickup experience, restaurant reviewer Scott Joseph has begun a series of Takeout Reviews.
Home cooks can still stock up on local items at the Winter Garden Farmers Market–the public health precautions they’ve taken are on the market’s Facebook page. Wild Hare Kitchen and Garden Emporium has also taken steps so that their customers can stock up on fresh local goods, and as of March 23 will offer a free sack lunch to school-aged kids and young adults while supplies last. At Lake Meadow Naturals, volunteers are working overnight shifts to grade the free-range eggs that are now available for retail purchase as restaurant sales plummet. They are open daily as usual. To learn more about hours and adjustments in area grocery stores, check out this list courtesy of Orlando Magazine. No matter where you shop, take into consideration the tips at the end of this post, courtesy of our friends at Edible Phoenix.
Local nonprofits such as Meals on Wheels, Etc. in Seminole County are working hard to provide nourishing, home-delivered meals to our vulnerable, home-bound elderly neighbors. Their kitchen has also been busy preparing frozen and shelf stable meals which will be delivered to homebound clients over the next several days. Your donation, however small, will help ensure that they can continue to meet the needs of seniors in our community. Please click here to donate now.