While the coronavirus pandemic has caused dining-room closures around the world, many restaurants are finding creative ways to continue serving their communities. Our latest Restaurant Spotlights highlight these efforts at Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners.
Since 2009, Ellerbe Fine Foods has offered a platform for local farmers and seasonal produce in Fort Worth, Texas. Though the dining room closed March 14, the team started a curbside pickup program, as well as delivery, with a specially designed menu. Executive chef Molly McCook is dishing out an array of flexible options, from salads and soups to full meals for anywhere from two to six people. There’s plenty of comfort food, like loaded baked potato soup, beef tips and mushroom gravy and even “take-and-bake” desserts to construct at home. An abbreviated wine list is also available, refocused from the list of more than 600 selections that holds Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. The 2,450-bottle cellar is overseen by co-owner and general manager Richard King, with emphasis on wines from California and France. Ellerbe’s regular by-the-glass options introduce styles from Australia, Washington, Oregon and farther abroad.
Among the 17 labels currently offered for pickup and delivery, all are under $50, mostly from California and France. To continue its support for the regional farming community, Ellerbe is also selling “co-op boxes” of locally sourced fruits and vegetables.