Get some snazzy new merch
Now’s the time to stock up on New Orleans cookbooks -- try to buy them through a locally-owned bookstore or directly from the restaurant website -- as well as branded gear or home-delivered snacks. Bellegarde Bakery reopened its online store to sell its flours and pastas. Always wanted a Pig Slayer T-shirt from Cochon Butcher? Now’s your moment.
Share your experiences in a review
If you can’t commit to spending money to support your favorite bars and restaurants, take some time to leave a positive review or comment on their Google, Yelp, and Facebook pages. They need every boost they can get right now, and positive word of mouth can help drive other delivery orders their way, while also making sure their reputations are intact when they reopen.
Donate to feed first-responders
At least two New Orleans groups are collecting donations to support local restaurants by ordering takeout, but they're using the meals to help feed the first-responders and healthcare workers on the frontlines of fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Both the Krewe of Red Beans, which many know for its annual Lundi Gras parade, and the Chef's Brigade are accepting donations through GoFundMe, then turning around and using the cash to make deliveries to New Orleans police department districts and area hospitals.
Call your elected officials
As Thalia and Coquette chef Kristen Essig said, “We’re going to have to make a lot of change.” The reality of the coronavirus is that it’ll reverberate throughout the restaurant community for months, if not years, to come. Some restaurants will make it. Others won’t. But the folks who work for them will need options, and that’ll take public policy, so call your elected officials and lobby on behalf of the people who earn money hourly and in the gig economy. “You can change someone’s life for the better with that,” Essig said. “Take the time. Make a phone call. Sign a petition.”