The Red Gables is working withErie County Coalition for Local Resourcesto implement a Sustainable Certification for the restaurant. Here are some efforts being undertaken to improve the environmental impact of Red Gables:
- Chef’s Garden Edibles– Sourcing herbs and edible flowers from a regional grower that specializes in niche culinary additions.
- Firelands Watershed Farm 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 Spring Highlighted Supplier
Great Lakes Brewing Companyis 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.
In the fall of 09′ Red Gables hosted the first Local Harvest Dinner for the Erie County Coalition for Local Resources