Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.
In July, we get to celebrate many things. It’s our nation’s birthday. It’s also National Ice Cream Month. On July 21, you can revel in National Junk Food Day, which I have several ideas for.
And now, I’m excited to celebrate Plastic Free July. The three-year-old project aims to eliminate single-use plastic for the entire month. I love this idea—beaches get so littered with plastic bags, straws, bottles and more, so it’s the perfect time to use reusable totes, those adorable paper straws and biodegradable plates and cutlery.
As usual, several chefs and restaurants are way ahead of me, including my hero Mario Batali. Let’s salute some of the especially environmentally friendly spots as we celebrate Plastic Free July with biodegradable cups and no plastic straws!
B&B’s sustainability director, Elizabeth Meltz, estimates that before making these changes last summer, they went through more than 250,000 straws and stirrers per year.
The Grey Plume - Omaha, Nebraska (@thegreyplume)
Next up, Uncommon Ground is adding a brewery to one of their two locations, featuring organic hops and possible beer collaborations with local chefs.
Slapfish - Los Angeles, California (@slapfishseafood)
Rouge Tomate - New York City (@rougetomatenyc)
Ruggles Green - Houston, Texas (@rugglesgreen)
Chipotle - Worldwide (@chipotletweets)
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