exemplary efforts in environmental and social responsibility
Northglenn, CO (PRWEB) April 26, 2010
Catering Consciously, a Colorado catering service dedicated exclusively to an eco-friendly culinary experience, has been awarded the coveted Business Seal of Approval from Green America, the nation’s leading green economy organization, after undergoing an exhaustive screening process. With this designation Catering Consciously becomes the only Colorado company in the Restaurants/Clubs/Catering category listed in Green America’s prestigious National Green Pages, The Directory of Products and Services for People and the Planet.
Catering Consciously focuses its entire operation on sustainability and green concepts, featuring menus consisting of local, organic, seasonal and sustainable food products, and ensuring that each occasion it caters is a No-Waste event. The firm employs recycling in all of its work-flow, and composts all of the extra food left over in preparation and from table scraps at the end of the meal. Catering Consciously even hosts its website in an eco-friendly manner, utilizing Beanstalk Solar Hosting of Denver.
Founded in 2008, Catering Consciously is operated by chef/owner Matt Busker, 36, who learned the cooking arts and sustainability over the last 15 years in a number of fine Colorado restaurants, chief among them the renowned restaurants Larkspur in Vail and Mirabelle in Beaver Creek, where he served as Lead Line Chef and Sous Chef, respectively. He also reports experience in some less-than-fine establishments.
“I learned the culinary arts and sustainability from a combination of working for good restaurants which do things right and for bad restaurants where the amount of waste is unbelievable,” says Busker. “Both experiences inspired me to open a catering business with local and organic food, and one not wasteful.”
Green America, launched in 1982 as Co-Op America, provides economic strategies for a green economy, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve social and environmental problems. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to harness economic power to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Full information can be found at http://www.greenamericatoday.org/ .
Green America’s Business Seal of Approval, a prerequisite for listing in the group’s National Green Pages, requires a demonstration that listed companies:
- Focus on using business as a tool for positive social change.
- Are “values-driven,” as well as profit driven.
- Are socially and environmentally responsible in the way they source, manufacture, and market their products and run their offices and factories.
- Are committed to employ extraordinary and innovative practices that benefit: 1) workers, 2) communities, 3) customers, and 4) the environment.
The Business Seal of Approval from Green America is the second major green honor achieved by Catering Consciously. The Winter 2008 State of the Green Union report from GenGreen LLC featured Catering Consciously for its “exemplary efforts in environmental and social responsibility,” a rare mention among the group’s more than 60,000 listings considered a high honor in green circles. GenGreen, based in Colorado, aims to be the most comprehensive and diverse resource available for people looking to live a locally focused, environmentally conscious lifestyle. For more information on GenGreen visit http://gengreenlife.com/sotgu_winter08.php .
Catering Consciously provides full-service, eco-friendly catering to weddings, as well as to corporate meetings, reunions, parties and events of all types. In addition, chef/owner Matt Busker specializes in being a personal chef for meals prepared in a client’s home, and also as a complete chef on back country outings, where he will plan the menu, shop, organize, pack, cook, and discard the waste at the end of each meal.
For details on Catering Consciously call 303-450-4815 and visit http://www.cateringconsciously.com/ .