Fortunately one of the guys kind of knew I was a clueless oaf and he brought some wonderful weird beet-based soup. He was also the only one interested in soldiering on, honoring the commitments the company had made. He played George in my production of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' and went on to be my best friend for twenty years.
I think he said something about leaving one of his cats on the stove... or something.
I used to make a kick-ass chicken and dumplings (cheated).
And soups. Homemade! The best. (No cheating!)