Calgary, AB – The Calgary Zoo continues to break ground in food sustainability practices with the recent recognition of two significant designations. Just this past month, the zoo was awarded the first tourist attraction in Canada to be certified as Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF), as well as 100% Ocean Wise.
“Our food philosophy is to be continually striving to be an industry leader in promoting local food and sustainable practices and we do so by minimizing our environmental footprint wherever possible,” says James Neilson, Executive Chef, Calgary Zoo. “Sustainability is key to the restaurant industry, it not only allows us to keep dollars in the pockets of local farmers and families, but also protects the environment for generations to come. It is one of the ways we as restaurateurs are able to do our part and take action in living a sustainable lifestyle.”
Through a stringent evaluation process, the LEAF certification ensures the zoo is reducing energy, water and waste in its on park restaurants and concession stands. This achievement recognizes the zoo’s practices in sourcing locally produced food as well as initiating the three-stream sorting system for composting, waste and recycling in both front of house and back of house operations.
Equally as exciting, is the recent accomplishment of being designated as 100% Ocean Wise. In food preparation for Kitamba Café, all concessions outlets and catered events, the zoo will only be using sustainable fish and seafood. Overfishing is the biggest threat our oceans face today and by sourcing from organizations that take pride in sustainable fishing practices and careful harvesting methods, the zoo remains steadfast in its commitment to ensure the health of our oceans.
By endeavouring to make an impact in the food services industry, the zoo is helping to create a more sustainable future.
WHAT: Interviews with Executive Chef James Neilson
WHEN: March 16, 2017 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Garden of Life, ENMAX Conservatory
Sustainable food samples provided!
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