Supplies of basic staples like beans, pasta, and chicken have become hard to find in some major grocery stores but, as Mayor Garcetti reminded Angelenos yesterday, there is plenty of food in the supply chain and no need to panic. One option to consider for assembling your stay-at-home stash: several local restaurants are offering new or expanded retail market sections, selling fresh produce, prepared items, and, yes, even toilet paper.
“The farms and purveyors we buy from are not the same people supplying the chain grocery stores,” reads an Instagram post from Tesse in West Hollywood. “With the shut down of all dine-in restaurants for the next couple weeks, it is important that we as a community find a way to keep the economic cycle flowing, and ensure that these businesses will still be up and running when we come out on the other side of this and are looking to return to the comforts of modern city life.”
Tesse has converted the wine shop connected to the restaurant into a full-service grocery, Time Out reports, packing shelves with paper goods, milk, tofu, fresh pasta, vacuum-sealed meats, and bins of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Plenty of wine is still available too, of course.
In Silver Lake, Botanica is shuffling the stock in their retail area towards healthy goods, veggies, and stuff that can last on the shelf or in the fridge for longer than just a day or two. Expect to find granola, coffee beans, sauces, and broths. Items are available for in-store shopping, or can be ordered pre-packed for pick up (by calling 323-522-6106) or delivery via Caviar. Through a partnership with actress Kristen Bell, Botanica will also be providing free and discounted food to people in need during the pandemic.
Gwen is expanding butcher shop offerings to include not only the high-quality cuts of meat the Hollywood spot is known for, but also basics like eggs, garlic, and citrus (and a few not-so-basics like luxurious, salty French butter).
All three locations of Zinc Café & Market (Arts District, Corona del Mar, and Laguna Beach) are filling their retail areas with basic goods. Toilet paper, paper towels, milk, cheese, olive oil, dry pasta, and other essentials will be available. Call ahead and they’ll prep your supplies for curbside service. While supplies last, they’re even throwing in one free roll of TP with local delivery orders.
Even at these small shops, be careful to avoid interactions with other people, and don’t crowd in if there are already customers inside. While picking up food that’s been prepared using safe food handling practices may be relatively safe, keep distancing and good hygiene in mind at all times.
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