Catering & Food Service

Catering & Food Services - TheGreenOffice.com

Transporting and serving large volumes of food can create huge unnecessary waste.  Choose these sustainable options to help support local growers while protecting the environment.

Buying Guide

When contracting with a catering company, make sure to state your requirements upfront.  Even reputed green caterers do not always make green options standard.  Introduce these topics in your negotiations:

  • Organic Foods: Locally grown organics are the best option.
  • Sustainable Flatware: Ask for reusable flatware, or recycled/biodegradable disposables, if necessary.
  • Food Recycling Program: Work with the caterer to (1) re-offer food during multi-day conferences and meetings, (2) donate uneaten food to local food banks or shelters, and (3) encourage conference/meeting participants to take leftover food home.

Best Practices

Use these preparations when holding a catered event:

  • Plan accordingly to ensure that you have the proper recycling bins to correspond with the items you will have at the event.
  • Place recycling bins in visible and easy-to-access places.
  • Consider creating a compost bin for food scraps.
  • Consider putting informational tents out to inform attendees of your green efforts and promote responsible catering.
  • If your conference is going to be held off-site, consider holding it in a green building.

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