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Chef & Farmer:Alex Seidel of Fruition Restaurant

Restaurants with their own farms gain a unique appreciation for what it takes to produce quality food. Chef Alex Seidel has gotten a lot of positive attention for his expertly prepared, eco-conscious cuisine at Denver’s Fruition Restaurant. The Wisconsin native was recognized in 2010 by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the best new…

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Chef Daniel Corey of Luce San Francisco

Chef Daniel Corey talks to us about seasonal menus, Luce’s green certification and the trend toward sustainability in the restaurant industry. Long before San Francisco-based restaurant Luce received its official Green Dining Certification from the Green Restaurant Association, the establishment had already committed to keeping things fresh, local, seasonal and sustainable. Today Luce is one…

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Shanti Allen of Alchemy Bali Raw Vegan Restaurant

Meet Shanti Allen, Executive Chef and founder of Alchemy, Ubud’s first completely raw vegan restaurant. Shanti meets me for our interview in a sundress and sandals, her long blonde hair loosely braided to one side.  I follow her through the kitchen, where a bank of food dehydrators are concentrating flavors, and creating the textures raw…

Onsite Restaurant Farms

Restaurants with roots Restaurants across the country are now boasting farm to table fare on their menus, sourced from local farms or, increasingly, a farm of their own. But not all can present their patrons with the farm just outside the restaurant doors. Restaurants with integrated onsite farms invite diners beyond the table to the…

Restaurants in West Marin Feeding Evacuees of the Sonoma Napa Fire in Northern California

Bittersweet: 16 year old celebrates birthday with other fire evacuees in West Marin West Marin offers shelter, food and support for families fleeing the Sonoma and Napa fires. At Marconi Center tonight, where evacuees have been offered free lodging. Tomales Bay Oyster Company (TBOC) and the Marshall Store cooked up a huge feast for the evacuees. They moved their BBQ equipment up to Marconi and served mounds of ribs, BBQ chicken, soups, salad and fruit. Cowgirl Creamery donated boxes of cheese and Greenleaf donated organic vegetables. Employees of Marshall Store and TBOC volunteered their time to cook and serve, and some also…

Daily Bread: Doing Business and Doing Good

JP and Michelle MacFadyen are dedicated to sustainable practices in their restaurant and to sharing the bounty of their bakery with others through local food donations to feed the hungry. By now we’re all familiar with the locavore ideal: buy food from local producers, family farms and businesses. In the pursuit of this ideal, sometimes…

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How Green is Your Favorite Restaurant?

Sometimes sustainability is equated with upscale restaurants that specifically market their local and sustainable credentials. But what about your favorite pizza joint, or the place where you pick up a quick salad on the way home from work, or the bakery that supplies your daily bread? To really make a difference, sustainability has to take root in the way we live our daily lives and the way everyone does business; otherwise, it will be relegated to mere trendiness. So, what makes a restaurant greener? What does that even mean? You can look to your own kitchen to get a clue. The…

Native Foods Vegan Cafe

Vegan is going mainstream It wasn’t long ago that eating vegan was a difficult thing to commit to, and eating out was nearly impossible.  The past few years have seen interest in plant based eating on the rise in the United States, and with it a flourishing of vegan cuisine.  Whether you’re baking up a…

Preserving a Legacy, Building a Sustainable Future

Long Meadow Ranch restaurant, winery, olive grove and ranch in California’s Napa Valley Ted, Laddie and Chris Hall, owners of Napa Valley’s beautiful Long Meadow Ranch, live and work by four simple words: Excellence through responsible farming. This strict focus on stewardship, respect and balance has helped the Hall family develop quality wines, heritage olive…

Local Seasonal and Grass-fed 50’s Diner Food at Grazin’

At Grazin’, a 1950s-style diner in Hudson, N.Y., owners Dan and Susan Gibson, together with their daughter and son-in-law, serve only the best. For them, that means delicious burgers, fries, shakes and sodas made from local, seasonal, organic and biodynamic ingredients. The restaurant uses only 100 percent grass-fed and finished black angus beef raised a…

Chef Art Smith Interview: Restaurants Going Green

The colorful eatery is one of a growing network of restaurants around the country to embrace sustainability and become a Certified Green Restaurant. Southern Art and Bourbon Bar took an impressive 49 steps to conserve energy, eliminate waste and offer more fresh, local and organic dishes. In turn, the Green Restaurant Association awarded the popular…

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Ça Va Brasserie Chef Patrick Malone

Ça Va, a 95% net-zero waste eatery, focuses on seasonal, local ingredients, and offers diners a chance to stick to their values as they step out for a bite. Restaurants across the country are going green and embracing sustainability in increasing numbers. One of the latest is Ça Va, located in the InterContinental New York…

Your Chef and Climate Change: Jonathon Sawyer of Greenhouse Tavern

As Ohio’s first certified green restaurant, The Greenhouse Tavern maintains two core principles- to use local, organic and sustainably produced ingredients and to operate under environmentally conscious guidelines. In an interview with EthicalFoods.com, Chef Sawyer talks about how interconnected his businesses are to local farms.

Chef Tory Miller

Your Chef and Climate Change: Tory Miller of Graze

As Executive Chef for both Graze and L’Etoile in Madison, Wisconsin, Tory Miller chooses only the finest farm-fresh ingredients from his local producers.  At his restaurant, Chef Miller produces a grand selection of artisan cured meats, breads, butters, fruit preserves, pastas, pickled vegetables—all from scratch.   Why source sustainable food from local suppliers? The short…

Locally Sourced Holiday Drinks Restaurant Chicago

Local, Sustainable Chicago Holiday Menu

When it comes to its holiday menu, co-owner Helen Cameron is careful to emphasize that it’s really business as usual in the kitchen. “That’s actually the mission of our restaurant,” she says “that year round, we source as much as we can locally.”

Chicago Sustainable Restaurant: Uncommon Ground

Uncommon Ground is simply a comfortable neighborhood joint—one where an ethos of sustainability is woven into every aspect. Imagine a world where every corner tavern had a rooftop garden and you’ll be picturing the world that Uncommon Ground hopes to comfortably inhabit someday soon.

Sustainable Restaurants: Haven Houston

If you think of Texas as dry and dusty, Houston will surprise you. It’s hot, sure, but also humid, almost lushly so, thanks to its location on the Gulf of Mexico. That prime seaside spot also lets chef Evans play with a wide variety of seafood. The result? Dishes like his signature shrimp corn dogs with Tabasco mash remoulade.

Serving Up Integrity In Sydney: Billy Kwong

Kylie’s bijoux restaurant is located in the Surry Hills neighborhood of Sydney, a once down-and-out corner of the city that has been reborn as a hipster paradise full of art galleries, cafes and bistros. Billy Kwong’s food focuses on modern interpretations of the Cantonese cuisine the fifth-generation Chinese-Australian chef grew up cooking and eating.

Farm To Fork: Blue Hill at Stone Barns

At Blue Hill at Stone Barns, “farm to table” means that the land you see outside the restaurant window is the land where the food on your fork was grown. Located in the Pocantico Hills in New York’s Hudson Valley region, Stone Barns Center occupies 80 acres filled with pasture, a greenhouse and even a bee colony.

Sustainable Restaurants: Mixt Greens

Mixt is at the forefront of a new trend—eco-conscious chain restaurants. With casual lunch joints like Mixt embracing sustainable practices, green dining is no longer confined to upscale establishments. Now even weekly takeout lunches in bustling business districts can be both eco-friendly and delicious.

Forage Restaurant

What sets Forage apart is its ingredients – or more specifically, their sources. Dedicated advocates of ultra-local, Forage leads the way in inspired community sourcing, serving food that includs home-grown produce from neighborhood gardeners.

In The Walls: Reclaimed & Recycled Materials

Whether through the use of what would be considered industrial waste or bringing back a piece of history by using antique items, restaurants are finding innovative and inexpensive ways to build uniquely environmentally friendly businesses.

Chefs Sourcing Sustainable Seafood

The US produces more than 100 aquatic species for consumption, making the management of these fisheries an important topic in both environmental and ethical terms. As the demand for sustainable seafood increases, so has the focus on sustainable seafood practices in a chef’s culinary education.

Farm To Fork

Some restaurants are taking the next step in local, sustainable food by creating their own gardens and small farms. Whether their gardens contribute significantly to the daily menu or simply provide herbs and a few vegetables, restaurant owners and chefs are using them as a source of culinary creativity and unparalleled fresh quality.

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Certifying Sustainability

Defining sustainability in the restaurant industry, let alone measuring it, has proven to be an incredibly difficult task. A range of new businesses have emerged to help analyze a restaurant’s sustainability as well as provide certification for businesses to stand as a visual indicator to their customers of a restaurant’s ethical values—helping diners make smart choices.

Eating Local: Diners Weigh The Cost

Where does the cost of a meal intersect with the value of eating clean, sustainable food? Do we bring our values with us when we eat out? We examine attitudes of diners and the challenges of getting more local and sustainable food on your plate.

Sourcing Local: Nick’s Cove

Originally a fish shack and roadhouse, Nick’s underwent a major renovation in 2007, emerging as an elegant waterside restaurant featuring seasonal farm-to-table and sea-to-table California cuisine. Executive chef Austin Perkins spoke with us about sourcing local, sustainable seafood, meat, dairy and produce from the Marin Sonoma foodshed.

Compostable Containers Gaining Ground

It used to be that to-go packaging, save Chinese take-out, was made out of Styrofoam which came complete with a set of plastic cutlery. Today restaurants are switching to packaging made from biodegradable plastics or recycled paper products, printed with vegetable-based inks. Whether through a restaurant’s own motivation or a city’s ordinance, the world of to-go packaging is looking increasingly compostable.

Quick Facts About Your Bio Plastic Takeout

The demand for biodegradable packaging has taken off in the last few years and subsequently a growing number of businesses are sending out your takeout in bio plastic packaging. But what is this stuff that looks like plastic, feels like plastic, yet isn’t plastic?

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Project Green Fork In Memphis

Margot McNeeley, founder of Project Green Fork in Memphis, Tennessee, talks to EthicalFoods.com about the challenges of helping restaurants move toward sustainable practices.

Zero Waste: Let’s Count The Ways

Restaurants are a significant source of pollution—from food waste to spent cooking oil to toxic chemicals. Eden Canon explores the ways in which the restaurant industry is cleaning up its act. From making simple changes, such as setting up recycling programs, to working with the city to turn spent cooking oil into biofuel that run city buses, restaurants are taking up the challenge to go green.

L’Etoile

Long before it was fashionable to do so, Piper cultivated strong ties with small regional farmers and their products, from heirloom vegetables and sustainably raised meats to local cheeses, nuts and other artisan products.

Waterhouse Restaurant London

Waterhouse restaurant in London is anything but a one-dimensional concept. Not only does it offer a menu that emphasizes local and seasonal food; it also runs on renewable energy and offers a training program for locals to learn the nuts and bolts of the restaurant business.

Sustainable Seafood: Bamboo Sushi

The restaurant takes pride in its impeccably sourced fish. Bamboo Sushi works in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Marine Stewardship Council to serve not only fish that is certified sustainable, but often locally caught. The menu changes seasonally, as fish is a seasonal food.

Anti-straw Movement

Over 500 million plastic straws are used in the United States every day, that’s over 46,000 bus loads of straws a year. Be Straw Free, an anti-straw initiative started by 9 year old Milo Cress, offers some helpful advice—and compelling reasons—to refuse, reduce or reuse.

Too Good To Waste: The Doggy Bag In Europe

A long-standing stigma attached to taking leftovers home has hindered British and European diners from tackling waste reduction at the restaurant table. Three new movements have sprung up in the UK, Sweden, and Italy to promote the benefits of taking home leftovers, signaling a shift in opinion towards the doggy bag in Europe.