GMIC Chicago Member Blue Plate Catering Certified by Green Restaurant Association
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Plate Certified by Green Restaurant Association
food solutions company becomes Chicago’s
first and only green caterer
CHICAGO, Ill. (December 15, 2011) – Blue Plate, one of Chicago's most
successful and trusted catering and food solutions companies
(www.blueplatechicago.com), has been certified by the Green Restaurant
Association as Chicago’s first and only green certified caterer. To obtain the
green certification, Blue Plate had to meet strict requirements set forth by
the Green Restaurant Association in the following categories: water efficiency,
waste reduction and recycling, sustainable furnishings and building materials,
sustainable food and chemical and pollution reduction.
"At Blue Plate, we strive every day to minimize our impact on the
environment through our catering practices,” said Nancy Wright, President of
Blue Plate. "We are honored to be Chicago’s
first and only green certified caterer and are committed to continually
learning, changing and growing our sustainable knowledge and initiatives.”
Environmentally-friendly practices that Blue Plate engages in on a
regular basis include composting leftover food and food scraps produced during
prep, recycling various materials including cooking oil, which is turned into
biodiesel in Chicago, using Green Seal cleaning supplies, paper products and
hand soaps, providing reusable dishware for staff meals and using Energy Star
appliances and electronics and low flow faucets and spray valves.
Along with being Chicago’s only green certified caterer, the Green
Chicago Restaurant Coalition, an organization that focuses on helping
hospitality establishments in Chicago reduce their impact on the environment,
Blue Plate will receive the coveted title of "Guaranteed Green,” which enables
Chicago diners to identify and support restaurants that have achieved a high
level of environmental responsibility through an easy to spot spouting fork
sticker featured at all guaranteed green restaurants and caterers.
"We started our program a few years ago and by receiving this
certification now, I feel we have established a level of legitimacy which gives
us the momentum to keep moving forward and marking new milestones,” said Laura
Lukas, Blue Plate’s Sustainability Coordinator.
ABOUT BLUE PLATE | Whether it's an intimate gathering for friends or a
gala for ten thousand, Blue Plate can help you do it—with style. Blue Plate
opened its first kitchen in 1983. Today, Blue Plate ranks among the top
hospitality companies in Chicago.
Offering boutique-style catering services to corporate, nonprofit, social and
cultural institutions, Blue Plate retains preferred status at more than 85
venues, and has earned national recognition for its standards of service and
creativity, including the 2010 "Best Caterer” award from the Jean Banchet
Awards for Culinary Excellence.