Starting this weekly column again with gratitude for the myriad healthcare professionals and essential workers for their work during these times. Yes, they are getting paid for their work, but we live in a free country and they can also choose not to be there policing the streets, stocking the shelves, delivering packages and so much more. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I used that first paragraph to put this all into some sort of prospective, maybe even to calm my nerves a bit. Trying to find relevance in my work at this time other than the obvious of making sure you have the groceries you need and some recipes to feed yourself and your families and to pass the time.
You might know, as a result of this COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant and hospitality industry is in crisis. Most do not know if they will reopen, and others, who are adapting and making the most of this time with reduced menus, hours and contactless service, are rocking until the wheels fall off. Thank you.
For me, our restaurants are a sign of the strength of our community, both in our physical togetherness but also in the business of food, commerce, and the owners’ service to others which includes everyone from their patrons to the chef to the delivery person. Yes, these owners might lose a great deal but the one thing I can tell you about most of the people in hospitality is that they have a genuine passion for making people happy through what they do. Money cannot buy that.
So, whether you historically dined out, ordered in, cooked at home, or all of it, we must support food businesses through this time. While it is not business as usual, it is still business and we have to eat.
I am committing to ordering/picking up food at least once a week for the foreseeable future. I need a break from my cooking (and solitude) sometimes. Below I have listed a couple of my favorite places to wrap my love around.
There are more of your favorite Harlem restaurants out there waiting to hear from you. Support them now so they can give it back to you when we can all be together again.
Stay safe, eat well and thanks for reading!
Kysha Harris is a food writer and editor, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service in NYC for over 15 years. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @SCHOPgirl, on Facebook, /SCHOPnyc, and her blog, www.talkingSCHOP.wordpress.com. Questions? Comments? Requests? Feedback? Invitations! Email AmNewsFOOD at AmNewsFOOD@SCHOPnyc.com. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @NYAmNewsFOOD and tag us with #SoAmNewsFOOD with your food finds!