If you have been anywhere near our website, Facebook, or Twitter within the past month, you know that we have just finished our Earth Dinner series! In case you haven’t, here’s a brief overview: for the past 9 years, we have been teaming up with Organic Valley for their Earth Dinner series, an event where restaurants and chefs across the country highlight their use of local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients by hosting their own Earth Dinner. While a few restaurants have yet to host their events, most were held on Earth Day, April 22, and the preceding week. We have been receiving great feedback regarding turnout, donations, and interest from customers.
With over 100 participants in every region across the country, there was quite an array of hosts, events, and recipes. Some restaurants, such as Border Grill, created a $30 prix-fixe vegetarian menu at all of their locations (Las Vegas, NV and Los Angeles and Santa Monica, CA). Artisan Baking Co. in Fort Worth, TX hosted a cooking class where the students made their own pizzas topped with locally sourced ingredients. Some restaurants, such as Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar in Charlottesville, VA simply held their regular dinner service and donated a percentage of their proceeds from that week to Chefs Collaborative.You can read more detailed profiles of a few of our Earth Dinners by visiting our blog.
We would like to thank the Earth Dinner veterans such as Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA, Grand Central Bakery in Portland, OR, and Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa, HI, for joining in another year of this celebration, and welcome those who participated for the first time, such as The Green Table in New York City and Flora Restaurant in Arlington, MA, among others! We truly appreciate those who participated and hope to see even more next year!