News 12’s Brian Donohue goes through extreme measures to avoid food shopping

News 12 New Jersey’s Brian Donohue set out to make at least one dinner without ever coming into contact with a single person.

News 12 Staff

Apr 29, 2020, 1:20 AM

Updated 1,454 days ago

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A trip to the supermarket can be anxiety-inducing for some members of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With most restaurants closed except for takeout or delivery, many people in the Garden State are cooking their meals at home. This often means multiple trips to grocery stores around the state, where it can be hard to practice social distancing.
News 12 New Jersey’s Brian Donohue set out to make at least one dinner without ever coming into contact with a single person.
Donohue set out one day at 6 a.m. to a clam bed to find some fresh clams. While Nick Honachevsky, a global saltwater fishing journalist based in New Jersey, set out to find the man course – blackfish.
Donohue caught about 40 clams and said that there were not any other people around for at least 600 feet. Health officials recommend keeping at least six feet away from people to maintain a safe social distance.
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After catching the clams, Donohue set out to get the vegetables for the meal – garlic mustard. It is an invasive plant that grows all over New Jersey. Donohue used the garlic mustard to make a pesto.
Donohue left the pesto and some clams in a cooler on his front porch. Honachevsky later came by to get the pesto and clams and drop off the blackfish. Both men went back to their own kitchens to cook the meal.
After the food was cooked – they ate their meals together while talking on Zoom.
All the activities performed to make the meal are permissible under New Jersey’s social distancing orders - showing that it is possible to share a meal with a friend while maintaining a safe distance.


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