Thinking Of You

As published in Azalea Magazine Spring 2020.

There is nothing more charming than Southern hospitality. When we learn of a new baby, an illness, or a death in the family, in times of need, Southerners show up. Usually with a casserole dish in hand.

Here are some basic tips on providing a meal:

Coordinate ahead of time when you will be delivering.

Find out what time the family typically eats and deliver your meal around that time.

Inquire about food allergies or special diets.

Be sure you take enough food for the family size.

Take disposable plates, cutlery, cups, and napkins with your meal. This saves them from having to wash dishes.

Take the meal in disposable dishes. Otherwise, it becomes a burden coordinating the return of dishes.

When you deliver a meal, don’t plan to stay long. Deliver the food, offer any instructions along with your congratulations or sympathies based on the particular situation, and be on your way.

Southern hospitality, is traditionally  defined as, “Showing graciousness, kindness, and warmth to others.” What better way to show genuine hospitality than providing a meal to someone in need?