O.C. Dining Community Pulls Together to Help One Another Get Supplies

A snapshot of the co-op website showing products that are available.

Owners of Nirvana Grille in Laguna Beach have created a cooperative to help Orange County restaurants source ingredients and other supplies so they can to continue to serve meals during increasing shutdowns aimed at halting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“I am so pleased that we have the support of so many and that we can be a positive impact to those when there is a need so that widespread panic does not continue to persist,” Nirvana executive chef and owner Lindsay Smith-Rosales on the restaurant’s website. “We all need to support and not self preserve. The best way that we all will be able to get through this time is to stand and work together to create support as a community.” The chef also included ordering instructions with her comments.

Restaurant owners can go to the co-op site and order everything from simple staples such as eggs, mayonnaise, and pinto beans to more luxurious items that include steelhead salmon, filet mignon, and jumbo scallops.

Nirvana Grille will continue to offer meals to go, Smith-Rosales said.

Before Puesto’s temporary closure Monday, the company delivered care boxes to the Irvine community that included “a variety of cooked and uncooked food items” from its kitchens at no cost.

An announcement on Instagram read: “The response was overwhelming and we are fueled with hope for the future. Gracias for the opportunity to serve you. We hope it brought you some joy.”

Other restaurants are offering goods sold out at local grocery stores at this time. For instance, you can directly purchase raw, butchered-to-order prime meats from Selanne Steak Tavern and artisan bread loaves, buns, and bagels from Crema Cafe.

Restaurants that have made the decision to close and end all operations such as Cafe Sevilla in Costa Mesa are seeking ways to donate to local food pantries and homeless shelters.

During its temporary closure, the Disneyland Resort is donating all excess food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

Here’s a list of restaurants still operating and offering discounts on takeout orders as well as family-style meals and gift card deals.

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