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Sustainable Cuisine

Sustainable Cuisine
One local restaurant group literally sows seeds to reduce their carbon footprint, and you can reap the benefits. Learn more about this delicious and nutritious way to be eco-friendly.

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You hear about your carbon footprint and think about the car you drive, the light bulbs you use, the faucets you turn on, but do you think about the food you eat? Relish Restaurant Group does.

 

Focused on "sustainable cuisine" this restaurant group makes it their mission to serve delicious plates that won't be too hard on Mother Earth. And their efforts help you, the customer, have a less impactful carbon footprint.

 

The most important step the group takes is in its emphasis on locally grown foods. The group places so much emphasis on this principle that it has its very own garden. Located in Over the Rhine, the Relish garden produces more than 1,000 different plants, ranging from your everyday basil and arugula to less common produce like albino beets, bee balm lemon and borage. These plants go straight from the garden to the restaurants, which are all located within five miles of the garden.

 

With the close proximity of the garden, the Relish Restaurant Group decreases their environmental impact by lowering the amount of fuel needed to transport the food. But the group takes even more measures to have a symbiotic relationship with the land. Every restaurant in the group has a rain barrel to capture water to use in the garden, which lowers the amount of water necessary to nourish the plants.

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Beyond the Urban Garden, the masterminds behind the food at both Chalk Food + Wine and Local 127 visit local farmers multiple times per week to find the food to bring to their customers. With this farm-to-table mentality, the restaurants' menus change on a regular basis to ensure the freshest ingredients.

 

By using local farmers for their produce, the group's restaurants make a positive impact on the city's economy, as they give business to local residents. "We want to obviously put money in their pocket before we put it in the pockets of somebody out in California, so to speak," Relish Marketing Director Summer Crenshaw says.


  

In addition to locally grown produce, Relish Restaurant Group also looks to locally grown flowers to use as centerpieces for their tables. The group has three different flower pots in Over the Rhine that provide the fresh décor on the restaurant tables. And some restaurants in the group even have plants on site to reinforce the "green" focus.

 

Even with all of the benefits of the eco-conscious mission, the group relishes in the fact that all of their efforts also serve as cost-saving measures. With lower water bills and without transportation costs tacked onto the food price, the group doesn't have to spend as much money to make all of this happen. While the group saw some initial expense to transition to eco-friendly practices, once they sowed that sustainable seed, they started reaping the benefits.

 

To learn more about the Relish Restaurant Group's eco-conscious practices, head to Relish.Spotlets.com.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Photographer: Scott Beseler

Location: Relish Garden

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