Boston Winner Announced for Nature’s Plate Award

Red Lentil takes 2013 Diners Choice Sustainability Prize

BOSTON, MA | November 19, 2013

The Nature Conservancy today announced that chef Pankaj Pradham and his Watertown vegetarian restaurant, Red Lentil, are the first official winner of the Nature’s Plate award in Greater Boston.

Boston diners nominated more than 50 local restaurants for their environmental ethic earlier this fall, and Red Lentil faced off against fellow finalists Area IV and Evoo in Cambridge, Nourish in Lexington and Taranta in Boston’s North End.

From vegan and vegetarian recipes to avoiding plastics and seeking out local and organic ingredients, living with a green ethic is as much a part of Red Lentil as its lime-colored walls, according to its fans.

“It goes back to my childhood, growing up on a farm in India,” Pradham said. “Sustainability is something that drives me and my whole team. It just comes from inside.”

Boston’s vote was quite close, and there was a great deal of movement in the standings, but when voting closed in October, Red Lentil had earned 196 of the 531 votes cast. Nature’s Plate is an annual people’s choice contest for green restaurants sponsored by The Nature Conservancy to raise awareness of the connection between food and our environment.

Nature’s Plate participants for 2013 included: 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.

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Contact information

Misty Edgecomb
The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts
(617) 532-8317


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