How to Get Food and Drink During the COVID-19 Closures
By Christine Liu, Family Dinner Member
The COVID-19 pandemic is devastating in too many ways—as a public health crisis, as a social disruptor, and as a deepening period of uncertainty for families and communities. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order that all non-essential businesses and services are to close from March 24, 2020 until (at least) April 7, 2020. As “residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during this two-week time period” and gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer individuals, things are definitely not normal.
That said, we’re all here to support each other during this unusual circumstance. In the spirit of the healing power of food and drink, here’s a shortlist of businesses that deliver sustenance to your door. (Did we miss anything? Drop us a line and we’ll try our best to keep this page up to date.)
They’re a big fave around here. Ultra creamy cheeses, fresh eggs, beautiful produce, and gorgeous 100% grass-fed beef—and plenty more delights in their farm store. Minimum home delivery order is $75; delivery fees are currently waived.
This Dartmouth-based farm delivers pasture-raised meat and eggs to homes in the Greater Boston, South Shore, and Cape Code areas. The team at Copicut are active members of several local and regional farm advocacy organizations. Deliveries are available through subscription boxes or à la carte.
There’s a multitude of share options provided by this Sudbury-based 50-acre farm—from a Spring Pantry Farm Share to a tyke-sized Kids’ Share—and they provide home delivery within Metro Boston and MetroWest inside the 495 beltway.
This network of local farmers provides an online one-stop shop for local food from over 40 farms and food producers. During the emergency, they are temporarily delivering to homes in the Somerville/North Shore/NH border area and the Portsmouth area. Minimum home delivery order is $25; there is a $7 delivery fee.
They deliver 100% grass-fed beef and pasture-raised chicken, pork, and lamb from local farms in New England and New York directly to your door. They’re deeply involved with several community organizations and recently donated 10,000 lbs of meat to Daniel’s Table in Framingham for citizens in need.
The Somerville Winter Farmers Market has also provided a helpful list of where to find your favorite vendors while the market is cancelled/closed.
And lastly, we hope you’ll trust us at Family Dinner to deliver the best ingredients of the season, directly from local farms to your door, when you need us most.
You may already have all the apps ready to go on your phone, but many of these services have modified their pricing or policies due to the emergency. Just remember to tip your drivers exceptionally well.
They’re waiving/reducing commission fees for restaurants and partnering with United Way Worldwide to deliver food to communities in need.
They’re deferring commission fees for impacted independent restaurants and created the Grubhub Community Relief Fund to support drivers and restaurants impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
They’re reducing delivery fees and created the Postmates Fleet Relief Fund, which aids in covering the cost of co-pays, medical expenses, and sick leave related to COVID-19.
They’re waiving delivery fees on orders from independent restaurants and enable same‑day payouts for any restaurant who requests it, to increase cash flow certainty.
Wine, Beer, Liquor
You can order online; delivery is free within a 10-mile radius around the store. (Note: If you are within the free delivery radius, choose “in-store pick up” and then make a note in the notes field that you would like free delivery. This will circumvent the shipping charge.) Alternatively, you can email email@example.com with your order request.
Bauer Wines in Back Bay provides free local delivery throughout the Boston area with minimum purchases (amount depends on neighborhood distance from shop); otherwise delivery is $15. They assert their minimums for free shipping are the lowest in Boston!
This app works by delivering your booze of choice from retailers near you “in under 60 minutes” (which is most likely to be affected by delays during this time). Their COVID-19 update outlines their safety precautions and encourages generous tipping to delivery drivers.
Minibar partners with local liquor stores to deliver booze to your door—and, fun fact, the company is female-founded. Like Drizly, due to the circumstances, some deliveries may be delayed.
This oenophile’s destination provides free wine delivery within the Greater Boston area (every day but Sunday) with a minimum order total of $150. Snag 15% off when you buy 12 wines or more. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or text your order to 857-256-3996.
Recipes and Cooking Resources
America’s Test Kitchen has released a collection of 50 free recipes (from Quick Chicken Fricassee to Olive Oil Cake) in light of the COVID-19 emergency.
Bon Appetit has compiled its best recipes and resources for feeding yourself through the coronavirus emergency—from leftover-friendly dishes to all-day cooking projects.
Epicurious pulls together “All the Ways We're Cooking, Shopping, and Gathering in the Coronavirus Era”, complete with tips on baking bread to the reinvention of canned tuna.
Food52 has pulled together the strength of its online community to compile “13 Easy Recipes We’re Cooking in Quarantine”—looking at you, Five-Fold Challah.
Milk Street Online Cooking School is freeing up their entire line of online cooking classes available through April 30, 2020. Perfect time to brush up on knife skills.
New York Times Cooking put together a list of “Easy Recipes to Cook While You’re Self-Quarantined,” a compilation of all its coronavirus cooking coverage in one place.