NORTH East restaurateurs are thinking outside the square as they adapt to trading bans during the COVID-19 crisis.
Jones Winery and Vineyard Restaurant owner Mandy Jones said the business was offering ready-made meals and Cook Like a Chef meal kits for pick-up and delivery throughout the North East.
Head chef Briony Bradford is leading the way sharing the Rutherglen restaurant experience at home.
"We've got to keep the wheels turning," Ms Jones said.
"Briony is getting some fantastic feedback about them."
Ms Jones said single-serve, ready-made meals could be reheated at home with simple instructions.
She said meal kits were designed to help people at home "cook like a chef".
"They contain all the ingredients and a simple recipe card and you just have to put it together," she said.
"They are portioned to be single serves."
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Ms Jones said the restaurant was also offering to supply people with kitchen staples, which were sometimes hard to buy at supermarkets amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"We are able to get deliveries from wholesalers weekly and if there is anything that you would like us to order on your behalf please don't hesitate to ask; eggs, milk, vegetables, flour, even oysters," Ms Jones said.
Examples of ready-made meal entrees include Premium Sydney Rock Appellation oysters, freshly-shucked, shallot vinaigrette and a slice of lemon; Australian prawn cocktail, avocado, lettuce, cocktail sauce; and charcuterie - chicken liver pate, cured meats, Correll cured ocean trout, pickled vegetables, chutney and rye bread.
Mains comprise Barramundi fillet - lemon and herb butter, steamed red potatoes, mixed leaf garden salad; Fish and prawn pie - housemade puff pastry, potato, greens, mixed leaf garden salad (serves 2); Chicken Normandy - bacon, white wine, garlic, cream, potatoes mashed, mixed leaf garden salad; Beef Bourguignon - Mushroom, Dutch carrots, bacon, cocktail onion, potatoes mashed, mixed leaf garden salad; and Vegetarian Ragout - Eggplant, mushroom, tomato, steamed red potatoes, mixed leaf garden salad.
Croque Monsieur - the famous French cheese and ham toasty - is on offer for the kids.
Dessert highlights include Stanley apple, cinnamon teacake - cream, fig, pecan; Berry custard tart - strawberry, raspberry, white chocolate; Bitter sweet chocolate tart - corn, blackberry, almond; Cheese board - French cheeses and rye bread
Meal kits feature Duck a l'Orange, Caramelised Sirloin Steak and Pan Fried Cone Bay Barramundi.
Wine suggestions come with all ready-made meals and meal kits.
The meals are available from 11am to 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Customers can order meals and staples by phoning (02) 6032 8496 or by visiting joneswinery.com.au.
Delivery is free (only for orders over $20) to Rutherglen, Corowa, Wahgunyah and Chiltern.
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