Sustainability, locally sourced ingredients, farm to table; you’ve heard the buzz words connected with nearly every restaurant you read about, but who’s really walking the walk, and not just talking the talk? Allow me introduce you to The Positive Plate, an Orange County based sustainability program, helping restaurants, food trucks, and caterers implement individualized and comprehensive sustainability plans.
Restaurants use massive amounts of energy and water, they ship products in from all over the world, and they generate tremendous amounts of food and packaging waste. We help restaurants reduce the negative impacts made through this process, while increasing the positive ones. All restaurants participating in Positive Plate’s program make significant commitments towards operating sustainably, and deserve your support.
Each restaurant they work with has gone through an extensive evaluation covering criteria from the following five categories:
1. Product Sourcing
2. Energy and Water Efficiency
3. Recycling and Waste Reduction
4. Employee Training and Development
5. Community Engagement
Eight area restaurants have completed an extensive evaluation by Positive Plate’s team of experts to verify and validate their sustainable practices, these are: Avanti Cafe (Costa Mesa), Duke’s (Huntington Beach), Haute Cakes (Newport Beach), Haven Gastropub (Orange), Sage (Newport Beach), Sol Cocina (Newport Beach), Taco Asylum (Costa Mesa), and Xanh Bistro (Fountain Valley). You can click on each restaurant’s profile at The Positive Plate for detailed information about their sustainability practices, as well as links to their website, social media, and independent reviews.
The Positive Plate’s official launch party, “A Taste of Fall,” is set for this Friday, November 11, 2011 at the Second Harvest Food Bank, inside the Orange County Great Park. This exciting event will feature all of the restaurants participating in our innovative program and benefit local charities that focus on nutrition and sustainability.
Each restaurant will serve a small sustainable dish that best represents their restaurant.
All food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are included in the price of admission.
Beer, wine, and cocktails will be served, along with live entertainment and a silent auction.
You will NOT leave hungry…but you will leave inspired!
Admission is limited to 250 people! So get your tickets NOW!
California is a great place to go for all things foodie, they have so many great festivals. Even the LA Times has an awesome food section. I very much miss California because of that.
This looks to be a wonderful event for a good cause. I am sure a lot of local foodies will be there. Thanks for sharing.
What a great event. I’m all about celebrating the people and places that are thoughtful in both their culinary presentations and practices. I need to find something like this in Austin!
Beautiful initiative and I wish I lived closer! It sounds great!
Magic of Spice
This is such a great thing and I really wanted to attend…hoping they will do another. They are really do allot with the park and the farmers’ market is pretty decent now.