Green Restaurant 101.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 12, 2009
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This lil’blog is intended primarily for those wanting to “green” their restaurant, or start a green restaurant. Suggestions on other resources? Please say so in comments.

Videos: Founding Farmers, in Washington DC:

Terroir. This one’s short on details, but some good points.

Strong on details, weak in style. Worth slogging through. Must watch for would-be green restauaranteurs. Love this one. Lists good web sites for reference, and clearly divided into essential areas of your operation that you’ll want to look at:

Deadly boring, but good guidelines.

Sushi. Inspiring. Short on details.

Ted’s Montana Grill…a bit PRish, but inspiring to see Ted Turner start a “green”-minded restaurant chain that’s All-American, not crunchy.

Blue Hill (of recent Obama Date Night fame), in Greenwich Village. Also, Stone Barns Farm.

Green…pizza? Like that they mention the furniture (finally) and delivery. Many “green” restaurants buy cheap, bullshiite furniture made in China, etc.

Another on Pizza Fusion. Hybrids as advertising. Some good details.

Slow Food at A 16 in SF:

Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse relies heavily on farms, farmers’ markets.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Green Restaurant 101.”

  1. Check out for all things green in food service. We have a great supply of take out containers, utensils. plates, bowls, and cups made of biodegradable and compostable materials!

  2. Melissa says:

    Hi Waylon, Take a look at Locali's "Green" Deli menu, and this video blog by Seena on our eco-convenience store in Los Angeles – 🙂 Melissa

  3. VG Burgers in Boulder is doing it right. A truly green restaurant in Boulder, V.G. Burgers serves delicious, stick-to-your-ribs organic vegan food; its packaging comes from vegetable sources and is compostable; and V.G. runs on wind power and continually strives to achieve the goal of zero waste. And because they don't serve meat, they're not contributing to the biggest cause of climate change.