Best Parking Lot Party

Photo: Eric England

A week after Nashville’s March 3 tornado, chef Margot McCormack was able to temporarily reopen Margot Café & Bar. Even though her restaurant was one of the first spots to regain power, police shut her down again so that relief workers could access the neighborhood. So she did what she does best — make people happy by feeding them. She planned a little block party to cook through the remaining food in her walk-in, and other restaurants and purveyors began to pitch in products, as if preparing a batch of stone soup. In the end, hundreds of shell-shocked neighborhood residents gathered in the Margot parking lot to grieve together and feast on an endless buffet of whatever food Margot could find to cook. Doubtlessly, the hugs between neighbors were the last they would experience for many months. CHRIS CHAMBERLAIN

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