In isolation at home? Restaurants offer quarantine meals at the door
Restaurateurs, chefs and food aggregators do what they do best: cook and feed the hungry. And in the second wave of the pandemic, they continue to do so by providing healthy homemade meals to those recovering from Covid-19.
While some restaurants have suspended services and take-out but deliver Covid-19 meals for free, others have launched special daily tiffins and 14-day quarantine meal plans at nominal fees.
“The only way I know of helping the community and helping through these difficult times right now is by cooking. And that’s something I’m good at it at, ”says chef-owner Radhika Khandelwal of Fig & Maple, who has made the conscious decision to suspend all delivery and take-out services and provide meals. free to all households fighting Covid-19 in Greater Kailash 2 She says, “We offer a set menu of nutritious and safely packaged meals. The service is free, however, one can choose to pay as he sees fit or to contribute to our “free meals program”, which is fully booked for the week, for 57 families with partner Ravish Bhavnani. She is also willing to shop for groceries and lend books.
As a gesture of giving back to society, another restaurateur Neha Gupta, founder, Beyond Designs Bistro also helps people in distress. “The idea is that the government has allowed us to have deliveries and take out, and since our bistro kitchen is open and the chefs are working, and we have received several posts on our social media from families who had been affected, so we’re just taking the opportunity. to help out in these times, ”says Gupta who has prepared healthy, safe, home-style daily tiffins at nominal fees for 70 to 80 families so far.
While some have a set menu for the week, Chef Sareen Madhiyan, Executive Chef, Punjab Grill prepares and customizes meals according to guests’ needs and tastes. He says, “We will talk to customers and prepare a healthy menu accordingly. The idea behind is to provide a meal for people who suffer from Covid-19 and who are left alone. »Lunch and dinner options are affordable and delivery is available anywhere in Delhi-NCR.
In addition, there are a few that cater only to those in the NCR. Richa Kharbanda, owner of Quirky Perky, says: “We have seen so many social media posts from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore where restaurateurs and chefs have come forward to help those affected by Covid-19, so we decided to take the initiative in our region. [Ghaziabad] at marginal costs. Kharbanda, which sends 38 to 40 thalis a day, also accepts requests from abroad and wants fresh produce delivered to its relatives here.
Besides restaurants and cafes, food aggregator Zomato recently announced prompt delivery for Covid-hit. Deepinder Goyal, the founder tweeted: “Today, with thousands of our partner restaurants, we have just rolled out a ‘priority delivery for covid emergencies’ feature on the Zomato app … Thousands of restaurants have turned up. committed to prioritizing these orders in their kitchen. above all others. “