LaBelle Winery

Olivia Opal, left, and Kristen Burd take orders by phone for prepared meals at LaBelle Winery in Amherst in April 2020. The restaurant and event venue business pivoted to takeout meal service during the pandemic.

Plans called for serving a four-course brunch to 700 diners on Mother’s Day at the LaBelle Winery, but the coronavirus pandemic instead will mean the chefs will be preparing pre-ordered, family-style meals to be served at home.

“It’s a huge economic hit, there’s no doubt about it,” co-owner Amy LaBelle said last week.

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Sous chef Shane Peznola, left, and executive chef Justin Bernatchez prepare chicken parmesan family-style meals for takeaway customers in the kitchen at LaBelle Winery in Amherst last week.

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Sous chef Shane Peznola packages take-home family-style meals at LaBelle Winery in Amherst last week.

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