More and more restaurants are exploring ways to make their operations “sustainable.” Yes, it’s a buzzword, and yes, it’s a trend most commonly associated with San Francisco restaurants and other yuppie hideouts. That doesn’t mean most of the restaurants out there can’t utilize sustainability in their operations.
Trends show that consumers are increasingly educated about the benefits of sustainability and advertising your green practices will help reinforce positive images of your brand. And, of course, you can feel good about the food you serve, which can be a reward in itself.
Some tips on making your restaurant sustainable:
Who Wants Some Iridescent Shark? – As world fish populations face serious decline, the demand for seafood has only risen. The striped pangasius, a type of catfish native to southeast Asia, has become a great farmed alternative to white fish species like orange roughy.
Serve Sustainable Seafood – The Monterey Bay Aquarium has developed a list of sustainable fish species so that consumers and restaurateurs can make informed choices when it comes to serving and eating seafood.
Restaurants and Farmers Work Together To Reduce Food Waste And Improve Crop Yields – A collective of San Francisco farmers and restaurants have developed a system that works to everyone’s benefit: taking food waste and using it as a very effective fertilizer on local farms.
Greener And Cheaper: Restaurants Grow Their Own Food – More and more chefs are investing time into their own personal gardens to help supplement the fresh produce available in their kitchen.
Darden Group Driving Sustainable Seafood Practices – The Darden restaurant group, owner of the Red Lobster chain, has taken a serious interest in using seafood sustainably. They view it as a vital long-term business decision. Learn more in this post.
Sardines: Sustainable AND Delectable? – Most people associate the sardine with oily tin cans full of a mushy fish. But fresh sardines are actually very good, and a sustainable fish population as well.
The Kitchen Cafe’s Sustainable Restaurant Ethos – The Kitchen Cafe in Boulder, CO, takes it’s role in the community very seriously, and they view part of that role as promoting and using sustainable practices. Learn how in this post.