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4 Ways You Should Spend More on Your Restaurant to Save Money

We’ve all heard the saying “a penny saved is a penny earned.” But when it comes to energy, the truth is closer to “a penny spent is a penny earned.” Owning and managing a restaurant can mean big spending, so implementing the best energy management strategies is essential for long-term saving.

Sustainable Restaurant Group Launches Carbon Calculator

Sustainable Restaurant Group (SRG) announced Thursday the completion and launch of its Carbon Calculator tool, which was created to determine the company’s carbon footprint and the offsets required to neutralize its affect on the environment.

Forgotten to Fine Dining: Food Scraps Take Center Stage

Once an unsexy topic ushered to the sidelines, food waste is steadily moving into the limelight as chefs welcome the challenge of creating tasty dishes with scraps.In February, Balzac Wine Bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, joined the legion of waste disruptors with a unique proposition: Every Sunday from 10 p.

Farmer Brothers Advances Sustainability Program

Farmer Bros. Co., a national coffee roaster, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products, confirmed that its sustainability targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its roasting and administrative operations have been reviewed and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative.

3 Sweet Sustainability Lessons for Your Restaurant

Use less water, switch to LED lights, keep the refrigerator doors closed —green tips like these may seem obvious to restaurant owners, but they are difficult to execute day in and day out, particularly across multiple restaurant locations.

Minimize Food Waste Through Creative Menu Solutions

When it comes to developing a creative menu, operators have to be mindful of the all the costs associated with the selected ingredients. Some recipes require significant ingredient prep and cooking time that are time-consuming and prone to waste.

Local Farms Find Support in Greener Fields Together Program

Beginning as a response to the demand for sustainable and local produce, a consortium of foodservice distributors joined together to create a networking initiative, Produce Regional Operators Advancing Cooperative Trade, or PRO*ACT, that now numbers more than 50 distributors.

Introducing a Sustainable Seafood Program for Chefs (Finally)

Navigating the world of sustainable seafood can sometimes feel like ambling across the ocean floor, without a flashlight, and with no air tank to boot. Consumers order and hope. Some chefs go to the effort of working with local fishermen and reputable suppliers.

Availability of Sustainable Farmed Salmon on the Rise

In an update to its Seafood Watch standards, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has announced that farmed salmon, certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), have advanced in their sustainable seafood ranking to a 'Good Alternative.

How Recycling Packaging Can Help Your Budget and the Environment

Restaurant kitchens are like air traffic control centers, with food products, ingredients, and fresh foods coming in every day. Amidst all the activity that chefs and kitchen staff are focused on—quality control, food storage and preparation, presentation, and cleanup—a lot of packaging comes and goes.

Restaurant Mascots Earn a Place at the Table

The same family dines at Haute Enchilada Café every night but never picks up the check. And that’s fine with chef/owner Kim Solano because this family pays its way by keeping rodents at bay.Haute Enchilada, located in Moss Landing, California, about 15 miles north of Monterey, uses barn owls as part of an overall eco-friendly strategy.

Sustainable Food Takes Center Stage at Yellowstone National Park

Trout from Idaho. Bison from Wyoming and North Dakota. Beef, goat cheese, and ice cream from Montana. These and other regionally sourced food products served in the dining facilities of Yellowstone National Park are bringing local flavors to the culinary forefront of the nation’s oldest national park.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Expands Sustainability Efforts

Just in time for Earth Day, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is expanding its sustainability efforts to include wine cork and crayon recycling programs. Known for its extensive wine list and healthy kids menu that includes fun activities, Firebirds will soon place drop-off boxes inside each restaurant for guests and employees to deposit used wine corks and crayons.