Monday, September 26, 2011



Once a year, Bon Appétit Management Company issues an “Eat Local Challenge” to all of our chefs. On Tuesday, September 27th, come to your café and enjoy a dinner that is made completely of ingredients from within a 150 mile radius of the café. This act, while seemingly simple, has far reaching implications.


At Bon Appétit Management Company, everything starts with flavor; we are committed to creating food that simply tastes good. Food that is grown locally is fresher and dramatically more flavorful than food that is harvested early so it can be transported great distances. Locally produced food is picked at the height of freshness, often making it to market within 24 hours of being picked, while food from non-local sources may have been in transit for more than seven days and been warehoused for many months. Have you ever eaten berries straight from the field or picked an apple right off the tree? Wouldn’t you like all your produce to taste like that? On September 27th it will!


Local farmers, who use more sustainable growing practices, act as stewards of the land. By buying from local growers you help support sustainable farming practices that nourish and replenish the local land rather than stripping it. You have the power to ensure that the food you buy is produced in a manner that steers away from pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics.


The purchases you make can have a profound impact on your community. The family farm is dying and when the family farm dies so too does our agricultural heritage. However, if you eat locally then you are simultaneously investing in your own community and helping to preserve local farmers and artisans ensuring that their traditions continue. If you buy local, you are helping to ensure that we can savor these authentic flavors in the future.

There are many other reasons to eat local, and on Tuesday, September 27th while grabbing your dinner, pause to find out more about how your food choices impact our local and global communities.

Location: Community Garden

Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

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