Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.
Like every other holiday I can think of, Earth Day comes but once a year. I’m planning to celebrate it more often, namely by going out to eat at the best environmentally friendly places I can find - like the ones below. Please join me.
Cindy’s Waterfront, Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey, California
MBA’s revamped restaurant Cindy’s Waterfront debuts on April 27; chef Cindy Pawlcyn will feature wild-caught and sustainably farmed fish that meet the standards of the aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Pawlcyn’s menu includes dishes like true cod soft tacos with lime-cumin vinaigrette; Monterey Bay calamari with Cindy’s curry vinaigrette; and for the non-fish group, Hunan grilled chicken salad with sesame noodles and peanut sauce.
Uncommon Ground has near zero waste (an average restaurant in America generates 100,000 pounds of trash a year; through recycling and composting, Uncommon Ground diverts 95% of its waste from landfills). The majority of the food it sources (71%) is vegan or vegetarian, and 24% comes from within 300 miles (this is where a full-on rooftop farm comes in handy).
Sweetgreen - Washington, D.C.
This summer, Sweetgreen is opening its first New York City location in the NoMad Hotel. Sweetgreen’s eco cred is impressive: 100 percent plant-based compostable bowls, cutlery and cups; 100% of its energy is offset by wind energy credits, and some stores have solar panels on the roof; 100 percent of the proteins served are hormone-free, antibiotic-free and all-natural. The company even puts on an annual music and food festival in May, and of course, it’s carbon neutral. This year it features Phoenix and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Couloir Restaurant - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Couloir is a big supporter of Jackson Hole’s Vertical Harvest, an innovative urban vertical greenhouse that employs people with developmental disabilities. It is also the first restaurant in the ski industry to be part of 1 Percent for the Planet, donating at least 1% of its sales to environmental businesses.
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