Laughing with Girlfriends is Always Necessary

I’m beginning a series at Bacon right now – “Life in the Time of Coronavirus” – with installments each day for the next few weeks. I’m doing this at least in part to distract and occupy myself. My husband is in quarantine in our house with fever and body aches. He’ll be fine! There’s no reason to think otherwise. Our oldest daughter – with her history of asthma and pneumonia – is quarantined in her apartment in Atlanta with a bad cough and fever. Emory tested her for Covid-19 today, results available Monday or Tuesday. She and my husband were together last week for spring break; he played golf while she and her friends went to Universal Studios (insert emoji you can imagine I was feeling). They were together each day for breakfast and dinner. (Also imagine SLIGHTLY FREAKED OUT emoji.)

Here’s a message I received today that I’d like to share with you, Nashville readers and otherwise. Other posts will feature interviews with friends, medical professionals, poets, and others on the topic of Life in the Time of Corona.

Good morning Friends & Family, 

Only 8 days ago, our team at Henrietta Red was still without power and looking for ways to use our skill sets in the community, to alleviate stress, health, and hunger concerns. (#Tornado) By the time we cleaned and prepared for reopening on Monday (March 16), it was clear we had a new set of challenges rapidly approaching.

In order to do what we do best, keep our business open and staff engaged, we have elected to stay open with extra sanitation measures and social spacing practices. We are also taking pickup orders (starting today) and will roll out delivery (in partnership with Strategic Hospitality) as early as Tuesday. 

I am emailing you personally to let you know about another initiative we are rolling out this week from our fledgling catering company, The Party Line. With access to a closed commercial kitchen and distributors, we are offering prepared weekly menus with reheat instructions for your and your family of 2, 4, or 6. This will begin this Thursday, March 19th and continue for the following three weeks, at least.

We realize these are trying times, so we’ve tried to keep the price points as reasonable as we can, while still maintaining the quality of ingredients you’ve come to expect from Henrietta Red and The Party Line. This means not only supporting us but supporting many of our local growers and purveyors as well. We are accommodating dietary needs and modifications, as well as suggestions for additional grocery items and value added products. 

If this goes well, it’s certainly something I would love to continue to offer in the future, but for now it’s a way to keep you fed and our small team engaged. If you’re not interested, you can support us by forwarding this email to your community and sharing with anyone you know who may be interested. 

Here is a link to our ordering page:

Feel free to reach out to me personally for any additional information or email for questions / help with orders. 

We continue to be at your service and can’t wait to see you on the other side. 

All my best, 

Julia Sullivan

Henrietta Red