Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Thinking About the Comfort in 'Mourning Food' and an Apt Gesture for Remembering Jay Luther

Posted By on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 5:47 AM

Casseroles are a popular way to show you care
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  • Casseroles are a popular way to show you care.
One of the most popular posts on my soon-to-be-5-year-old food blog is one I wrote in its infancy: Mourning Food. I’m not necessarily an expert, but I shared my thoughts on guidelines for giving food to friends who’ve lost a loved one. In short, items that are “comfort food” and easy to eat without too much thought or preparation. And food that’s easy to share with visitors who come by. Personally, I’m a huge fan of pimiento cheese sandwiches and just about any homemade cake. Though I will say that the hummingbird cake provided by Hometown Hospitality at the Celebration of Life honoring Karsten Soltauer was just as delicious as homemade and a nice surprise (other local establishments that provided food and drinks for celebrators included Lazzaroli Pasta, The Wild Cow and Yazoo Brewing Co.).

Another thing to remember is that even after the first couple of weeks, things are still not normal for those in mourning. And particularly for those who’ve lost a spouse or parent, gifts of food are generally still quite appreciated long after the initial deluge. I’m having a bit of a challenge in that one friend is primarily a raw vegan (going to have to do some research for that) and another friend has some of the best food in the city ostensibly any time he wants it.

There are ways to support your friends besides sending food, of course. Memorials are a great way to pay your respects and help others at the same time. To help continue the legacy of Jay Luther, his family and friends have set up a scholarship fund at the Randy Rayburn Institute of Culinary Arts at Nashville State Community College.

If you would like to donate, please send checks to:

NSCC Foundation
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Make checks payable to the NSCC Foundation and note on the check “Jay Luther Memorial Scholarship” to ensure the funds are directed properly.

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