Eat Local Challenge
Bon Appetit Management Company's "Eat Local Challenge"
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Once a year, Bon Appétit Management Company issues an “Eat Local Challenge” to all of our chefs. Create a lunch that is made completely of ingredients from within a 150 mile radius of the café. This act, while seemingly simple, has far reaching implications. This years "Eat Local Challenge" was Tuesday, Sept. 28. Read what the Redlands Daily Facts has to say about our "Eat Local Challenge.".
Get together with friends and take the Eat Local Challenge in your own kitchen. From now until September 30, if you cook a 100% local, farm-fresh meal and post pictures on Facebook, you’ll be entered to win an iPad pre-loaded with Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” app. For details, visit our Facebook event page: http://tiny.cc/elc
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?
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.
In addition, according to the Worldwatch Institute, in the United States food now travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from farm to table, as much as 25 percent farther than two decades ago. Increasingly food is being grown or processed overseas. The required transport, especially air-freighting, does incredible damage to the environment in the form of global warming and air pollution. Eating regionally is a good bet when it comes to reducing the immense amount of non-renewable resources wasted in transporting food. Fuel conservation isn’t only about driving less: it’s also about buying things that don’t travel half-way across the globe.
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.
For more information on food and sustainability sustainability, visit www.cafebonappetit.com