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Green Thumbs in the Kitchen

Name a chef who doesn’t source at least some fresh produce, meats, and other products from local, sustainable farmers and producers. As the fascination with fresh and local grows, it may be impossible to name such a chef.

CAFÉ Presents Green Awards to Santa Rosa Junior College and Triumph High School

Hands-on learning of sustainable farming, cooking with local ingredients and a commitment to recycling and composting are only a few of the hallmarks that distinguish recipients of this year’s CAFÉ/Kendall College Green Awards, which were presented on June 23 in Chicago at the 12th-annual Leadership Conference of the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ).

Patagonia Releases a Film on How Food Can Fix the World

This summer, Patagonia Provisions will release “Unbroken Ground,” a 25-minute film that explores the critical role food plays in finding solutions to the environmental crisis. Patagonia Provisions believes that the vast majority of food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil, and contribute to climate change, and that food can—and should—be grown, harvested, and produced in ways that restore the land, water, wildlife, and human health.

Produce Trends Highlight Food Safety, Unique Cuts, and International Flavors

With prime produce season here, restaurant operators should be thinking about the best ways to incorporate the latest produce trends into their menus.According to the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, fruits and vegetables will become more of a main attraction on restaurant dishes and will be infused with international flavors on plates moving forward.

James Beard Foundation to Host Chef Symposium to Address Food Waste Reduction

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) will host its ninth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Changeon May 22 through May 24 in Montana. Fifteen chefs from across the country will gather at The Resort at Paws Ups in Greenough, Montana, to learn effective advocacy skills while exploring the multifaceted issues around food waste reduction.

Frisch's Big Boy to Save Money and Millions of Gallons of Water

Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants is committed to finding operational methods that are both cost-effective, and environmentally conscious. The company announced several new initiatives that will help to reduce restaurant operating costs while also benefitting the environment.

Selected by the Sea

It was during a trip to Spain that a lightbulb went off in the head of fishing enthusiast Sean Barrett. There should be a restaurant-supported fishery, he thought, that allows local fishermen to sell directly to local chefs.

Butchery Skills Can Provide the Base for Going Local

There’s no question sourcing local is one of the nation’s hottest food trends. But that doesn’t mean you should do it just to be trendy. As a chef or restaurant owner, the decision to feature local and seasonal products, especially when it comes to proteins, has to be done for the right reasons and with the proper planning.

Getting to the Source of Local Supply

In some ways, the supply chain dust has settled. The purported merger between foodservice titans Sysco and US Foods never happened—at a reported cost of $693 million to the former—while local sourcing, food safety, food waste, labor shortages, and government regulations continue to dish out their share of sleepless nights to operators around the country.

Shoney’s Makes Commitment to Serve Only Cage-Free Eggs

Shoney’s, America’s Dinner Table since 1947, announced its commitment to serve 100 percent cage-free eggs in all of its restaurants by 2025. The announcement makes the All-American restaurant brand one of the first within the family casual dining segment to commit to only cage-free eggs.

Wild Alaska Halibut and Sablefish Harvest Seasons Open March 19

Alaska’s halibut and sablefish (black cod) harvest seasons open March 19. This means more access to delicious, freshly caught and frozen wild Alaska seafood. Alaska’s waters are home to over 95 percent of Pacific halibut and over 70 percent of sablefish harvested in the U.