Throughout the Fall we are busy preparing for private parties and celebrating tastes from our regional harvest. This season Red Gables participated in
the Firelands Watershed Produce Program to reduce our environmental impact by using produce grown within boundaries of the Firelands Watershed. This program was brought to us by the Erie County Coalition for Local Resources in their efforts to bring a sustainable certification to the Red Gables.
Read more about the programs we participated in for 2009:
The Red Gables is working with Erie County Coalition for Local Resources to implement a Sustainable Certification for the restaurant. Here are some efforts being undertaken to improve the environmental impact of Red Gables:
- Firelands Watershed Produce Program – connecting Red Gables to local farmers, harvest dates and prices from growers within the Firelands Watershed.
- Erie Fresh CSA – Red Gables purchases 3 “Flower Shares” from the Erie Fresh CSA throughout their 5 month season to add local color to our tables.
- Zero Waste – adding containers for kitchen scraps that are used in composting, and constructing a Rain Garden for storm water runoff.
- Edible Landscaping – growing “on-site” herbs and produce for garnishes that greatly reduce the environmental mileage of our product.
- Forest Protection Plan – using wood charcoal that’s “Rainforest Free” and sourced from a regenerative forest supply.
- Energy Neutral – working to assess our energy demand, and improve energy resources.
- Sustainable Seafood – carefully selecting the size, quality, location, fishery and variety of our seafood to ensure its effect on the environment.
- Sustainable Certification – making a conscious effort to find regional companies who work toward achieving a sustainable approach in the creation of their products.
“In our efforts to become sustainable, know that your purchase through Red Gables is making a change in the environment.”
Our Fall Highlighted Supplier
Great Lakes Brewing Company is an environmentally and socially conscious brewer of award-winning, all natural beer. The care that goes into the beer resonates from a commitment to the community and environment, otherwise known as the “Triple Bottom Line” – to engage in economic, social and environmental practices that achieve a sustainable, yet profitable, business. These include:
- Reducing, reusing and recycling
- Changing natural resource use from “Take, Make, Waste” to “Take,
- Implementing efficient energy practices
- Investing in the community through non-profit organizations
- Supporting sustainable urban renewal projects
Zero Waste Initiative
“Our objective is to make full use of the by-products generated from the brewing process,” says Patrick Conway. “By taking a ‘full circle’ approach, we are making the most of potential savings and income-generating opportunities as the raw materials used to produce our products are continuously transformed into a host of food-generating and energy-saving opportunities.” The ultimate goal is to mimic nature, where 100% of resources are used in closed-loop ecosystems.
Recently Red Gables hosted the first Local Harvest Dinner for the Erie County Coalition for Local Resources