Eat Local When Eating Out!


Eating healthy foods and supporting sustainable farming does not have to stop when you go out to eat! In fact, chefs and restaurant owners in Chicago and around the country are leading the charge to bring foods from small, local farms to your plate when you dine out. 

The Good Food Festival & Conference is exploring the theme, Your Choices Matter this year and we polled a few of our ethics-minded local restaurants to see what choices they make and why. Here is the question we put to chefs and restaurant owners: 

Consumers are making healthier food choices these days, buying more whole foods, shopping at farmers markets, being part of a farm’s CSA. From your perspective in the food industry, what food/sourcing/cooking choices do you make that matter and why? 

And here are their thoughtful replies: 

Trattoria No. 10 

"At Trattoria No. 10 and all Rosenthal Group restaurants, we choose only animal proteins that have been 100% raised without antibiotics. Giant agribusiness administers 80% of all antibiotics used in the U.S. to promote rapid growth and keep animals alive in horribly unhealthy conditions. This practice not only provides the perfect breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria which sicken hundreds of thousands and kill more than 30,000 humans each year, it also is quickly rendering useless the very antibiotics doctors use as their first line of defense against bacterial infection.  Of all the food choices we can make, for us, this is, by far, the most important.  Luckily, the sources of meat raised without antibiotics often come from small, local family farms. 

Simone Carter
4/16/2013 5:01:29 PM

That is awesome, and I am personally proud of you guys for making a stand and doing what is right for your customers! Thank you, and keep up the good work!

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