Do you have a favorite "green" or sustainable eatery in the Finger Lakes? The Nature Conservancy wants to hear from you. The worldwide organization is seeking nominations through September 16th to name a "people's choice" award for the area's top green restaurant.
The locally sourced Finger Lakes Harvest appetizer at Rogues Harbor Inn."The goal is to highlight sustainable restaurants and raise awareness about the connection between food and a healthy planet," says Kate Frazer, communications manager of the Nature Conservancy's Central and Western New York chapter.
Frazer says the organization is looking for nominations of eateries that focus on sustainable seafood, free-range and grass-fed meats, regionally grown and seasonal produce, organic produce or other organic foods, and tap water rather than bottled water. Businesses with strong recycling and composting efforts are of interest, as well.
"The Finger Lakes is a destination for four million food and wine toursts a year," says Nature Conservancy chapter director Jim Howe. "We owe many of our culinary traditions to our unique lands, waters, and climate," he adds. "With so many people who care about nature and food in the Finger Lakes, we’re excited to help raise awareness of how bite-sized actions can make a big difference for people and the planet."
Semifinal voting will begin on October 1st, and winners will be announced on October 17th. Area residents can nominate their favorite green restaurants at the Nature Conservancy web site at nature.org.