The Nature Conservancy launched a contest in September asking foodies in Oregon and across the country to nominate their favorite green restaurants for Nature’s Plate, a second annual people’s choice contest to find consumers’ top green restaurants in each location. 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 winner in Portland is Laughing Planet Café, with 10 locations throughout the Willamette Valley. Laughing Planet Café is a quick-service restaurant that offers fresh, healthy and affordable food, using locally sourced organic ingredients and globally inspired flavors.
"Winning this contest was the icing on the cake after a wonderful year,” said Matty Byloos, marketing director for Laughing Planet Café. “We truly believe in and abide by our commitments to sustainability, environmental awareness and education, fresh and healthy organic produce, and supporting a local agricultural economy, so it's great to see that resonates with our customers as well.”
The Nature Conservancy works with food producers around the world and unites traditionally unexpected partners in the name of healthy food and a healthy environment, finding solutions that are good for business, consumers and nature.
For the past eight years, The Nature Conservancy and Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery in Netarts Bay have been working together to bring back the Olympia oysters – the West coast’s only native oyster. These oysters were nearly wiped out due to habitat loss and non-native predators. For many years, not a single Olympia was spotted but now many have been sighted showing signs of a comeback. Some are even calling it an “oyster explosion.”
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.