The Nature Conservancy launched a contest in September asking foodies in metro Atlanta and across the country to nominate their favorite green restaurants for Nature’s Plate, a people’s choice contest to find consumers’ top green restaurants in each location.
Going into the final round of voting, fans in Atlanta could choose from: Burnt Fork BBQ, Ecco, Home Grown, Miller Union and Radial Café. Since October 1, voters have been submitting their choice for which sustainable, organic or farm-to-table restaurant would take home the 2013 award, and today the winners were announced.
The winning restaurant in Atlanta is Miller Union, located in West Midtown
Steven Satterfield, Executive Chef of Miller Union, said, “I am very proud of the work that we do at Miller Union. Not only do we support local farms and cook seasonally, but we also recycle everything that we can, compost all organic material, collect used fryer oil for biodiesel; we divert literally tons of trash from landfills. I am honored to receive this recognition from the people that voted!”
The Nature Conservancy understands that conservation must be economically and environmentally viable in order to work and last. We’ve helped change the way food producers do business through deep collaboration and innovative solutions that treat the land and water as assets to protect.
While this contest is focused on restaurants, it’s only the start of a conversation about food, conservation and The Nature Conservancy’s work with farmers, fishermen, winemakers and ranchers. You can also learn more about what makes a restaurant green and be sure to check in next year for the 2014 Nature’s Plate Award Contest. The Nature Conservancy does not endorse, recommend, or certify any restaurant as being green or sustainable.
This state-by-state and city-by-city contest took place in: California (Los Angeles and San Francisco) Colorado, Connecticut, Florida (Miami), Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois (Chicago), Massachusetts (Boston), Minnesota (Minneapolis & St. Paul), New Jersey, New Mexico (Albuquerque and Santa Fe), New York (NYC & Finger Lakes/Central Western), North Carolina (Durham), Ohio (Cleveland), Oregon, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Virginia (Charlottesville) and Washington DC.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.