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Sustainability

Ovations Gives Tips on Going Green

Ovations’ focus is to provide a fresh, unique culinary experience to our guests, but beyond that, we also think about how environmentally-friendly out kitchens are. We believe that everyone in every kitchen can do a little something to help reduce overall impact our facilities have on the environment.

Below are just a few of our tips that can be implemented in businesses and your own home:

Sustainability

Sustainability may seem complex, with many working parts to integrate, but starting down the road to sustainability can be simple if you focus on one improvement at a time. For example, one of our Ovations’ chefs established a rooftop garden for a restaurant and catering business. Growing fresh herbs and vegetables, the facility now produces tomatoes, parsley, basil, fennel, cucumber, squash, and more. While they are not able to provide all of the produce needed to supply the business, it is a great way to supplement! Just remember to be as organic as possible and coordinate with the local health department.

Sustainability also benefits from local sourcing. A menu featuring farm-to-table, seasonal ingredients produces an incredibly fresh meal. Ovations’ facilities all over North America are focusing on purchasing items at a local level.

Waste

Just as you can determine and reduce your energy and water consumption, you can assess and modify your waste output. Waste management vendors can help implement a recycling program – one that encompasses more non-food waste, such as aluminum, glass, plastic and paper. And those no-longer-needed cardboard boxes will be enthusiastically welcomed by non-profits such as food banks, who will likely pick up – an easy way to reduce waste and waste disposal fees.

What about food waste? A few years ago, the answer was "throw it away," but there are ever-increasing alternatives for food waste disposal as well.

Food waste can be turned into biodiesel fuel – research if there are any companies in your area. It can also be used by local growers and community gardens for composting. Because nutrient-rich organic matter makes produce grow healthier and require fewer chemicals and pesticides, many growers will gladly pick up your scraps on a regular schedule.

Area zoos and barns may also be able to utilize food scraps. Ovations staff at a zoo saves produce for animal consumption, and during an annual fair on the West Coast, Ovations sends all scraps, meat trimmings and fish byproducts to the petting zoo, where it is used to feed the animals.

It’s best to limit food waste by gaining stronger control of food purchases, but when you do find yourself with extra meals, call your local food bank.

Making a commitment to going green does involve significant transitions, but you will reap the benefits. According to FoodServiceWarehouse.com, 62% of adults prefer to dine at eco-friendly establishments. That’s an amazing statistic – one Ovations is proud to be a part of as we continue to "green" our kitchen operations.

For more, visit www.ovationsfoodservices

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