Greetings from Carrboro,
Yesterday, a friend sent me a photo that his wife took. It’s of him working from home; he’s smiling from inside a rather formidable blanket fort that had much more of a Hobbit feel than, say, Camelot. You know, homey. There was a Coke Zero next to his computer. He had one of those camp lanterns. Of course, blanket forts are nothing new. Except when you add the little fact that my friend is over 40 and doesn’t have kids.
Welcome to quarantine life. This new-found new-normal where sundry pieces of our personality suddenly bubble up to the surface unannounced. I, for one, now know that I do not hoard toilet paper. Nope. Any of my issues around scarcity do not center on household paper products. However, I do religiously monitor my ample supplies of coffee and mayonnaise, the veritable brick and mortar of my life. Somehow I see that as more akin to self-preservation than hoarding. Because knowing that I have 5 gallons of Duke’s under lock and key at Acme is clearly comforting. And, well, arguably downright bonkers at the same time. I also have a profound and very specific affinity to scrambled eggs at present. Pretty much for every meal. So, so odd.
But other parts of me are steadfast. Cooking feels good and right – though more urgent and more important. Because every day our team clearly knows that we are feeding people and families – our neighbors – and doing what we can to extend Acme hospitality into their homes and lives. Providing some degree of sincere comfort in these uncomfortable times. And all of us at Acme understand that those same people are in turn reaching into our lives by standing by our craft and our jobs and our community. Each day we are overwhelmed at all of your kindness and generosity. And, I must say, your remarkably good taste.
It is also our hope that Acme can help you maintain a degree of sanity. To that end, we are offering two full-on Easter meals for next Sunday, April 12th. Some might even call them spreads. We are offering both a brunch and a dinner menu that can be picked up on either Saturday, April 11th, or on Easter itself. Menu is below. Each meal will be pre-cooked and packaged to reheat with all the necessary instructions. We’re making it easy and delicious. And, yes, you can even eat it in your blanket fort. Don’t worry, we don’t judge. We just cook.
Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.
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Acme Easter Brunch
(serves 2-4, $75 per order)
Almond & brown sugar sour cream coffee cake with Grand Marnier glaze
Spring vegetable quiche
Roasted red bliss potatoes
Breakfast sausage links
Buttermilk biscuits with whipped butter & housemade strawberry jam
Acme Easter Dinner
(serves 2-4, $100 per order)
Fresh ham with sweet mustard sauce
Poached asparagus with tarragon dressing
Squash & fresh basil casserole
Bourbon-glazed baby carrots
Lemon-buttermilk pie with fresh strawberries and whipped cream
Acme Easter Bar
Mimosa kit (bottle of bubbly, quart of fresh-squeezed OJ) $21
32 oz mason jar Acme bloody mary mix (add your own booze) $10
32 oz mason jar strawberry sangria $21
32 oz mason jar pineapple-mango sangria $21
Quart of fresh-squeezed OJ $5