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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.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association Launches Food Waste Challenge

As you likely know, food waste is becoming a bigger problem in the U.S. According to World Food Day, 30 to 40 percent of the food supply in North America is wasted. Reducing food waste is one of the most impactful steps anyone can take to reduce their impact on the environment.

Compass Group USA Aims to Reduce Food Waste by 25 Percent

Compass Group USA announced a commitment to reduce 25 percent of its food waste by 2020 from a 2016 baseline. This commitment is made in an effort to combat the negative environmental, social, and financial effects of food waste.

Inside America's Most Egg-Conscious Restaurant

When El Pinto Restaurant Farm decided to create an egg production program at its Albuquerque, New Mexico, location, sustainability already fit in with the restaurant’s ethos. Owned and operated by twin brothers John and Jim Thomas, the 1,000-seat restaurant has focused on self-sufficiency—whether growing produce in greenhouses on the property or creating salsa and green chili sauce at its own production facility—throughout its 55-year history.

CIA Collaborates in New Robotics Innovation Effort

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded $80 million to a national public-private partnership in which The Culinary Institute of America is a collaborating member. The Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Innovation Hub is receiving the five-year grant to further the development of robotics.

21 Sustainability Practices for Your Restaurant

47. Work with farms that have minimized food waste at the point of harvest, like incorporating stems into produce mixes, or have optimized the use of natural resources, like growing second-crop kale, which requires 50 percent less water.

The Top 5 Supply Chain Trends for 2017

Leading cost reduction specialists Consolidated Concepts announced the top five restaurant supply chain trends for 2017. In the coming year, labor costs will continue to challenge restaurant operators even though food costs stabilize.

Yellowstone's Mammoth Dining Room Earns 4-Star Green Certification

It seems only appropriate that the Mammoth Dining Room is the first restaurant in the national park system to ever earn the coveted 4-Star Green Restaurant Association certification, given Yellowstone National Park is also the first national park in United States (established in 1872).

New Mexico's El Pinto Restaurant Now Animal Welfare Approved

The flock of laying hens at the El Pinto Restaurant Farm is now certified as Animal Welfare Approved—making it the only restaurant in the nation to have a Certified AWA laying hen program on restaurant property, and the largest restaurant in North America to serve Certified AWA eggs.

Foraging for Cocktail Ingredients

Richard Woods hasn’t nixed many ingredients for use in his cocktails at the Duck & Waffle restaurant in London, England, but he drew the line at ants. At least initially: “I said. ‘There’s no way I’m putting an ant into a drink.