Northland Event Encourages Dining Out While Going Green

Posted at: 04/28/2013 5:00 PM | Updated at: 04/28/2013 10:33 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

Eating local is a trend that's swept the nation, and this week the idea is getting a push in the Twin Ports. It's called Dine Sustainably Twin Ports and it's a week-long event put together by the organization Sustainable Twin Ports.

Six Duluth restaurants, who make sustainability a priority, will help educate customers on how to eat fresh, local and green. The Duluth Grill is one restaurant participating.

"It's not just a restaurant gimmick; it's a true movement happening in the Twin Ports," Duluth Grill Co-owner Tom Hanson said. "We make our own caramel sauce; we make our own ketchup."

Hanson said his team has made sustainability a lifestyle. The Duluth Grill grows their own produce, uses energy-efficient appliances and composts.

"It's really just kind of realizing we live on a finite planet," Hanson said. "We all have to work together and live together to make it work."

Another shop encouraging this mentality is How Sweet It Is on Superior Street.

"We want them to understand that everything we know is in our cakes is local or as close as we can get," Owner Eileen Brown said.

Brown said she uses locally laid eggs and beer brewed in the Northland for some of her recipes.

"We can tell you exactly what's in this batter," Brown said. "There's no preservatives in it. If we are going to use fruit, it's going to be fresh fruit. It's not going to be frozen, and that's just better all around for your body and your health."

Dine Sustainably Twin Ports runs through May 5. Other restaurants participating include Tycoon's Ale House, Chester Creek Cafe, Dubh Linn Irish Pub and Sala Thai.

For more information on how adopt these ideas, you can head to the Sustainable Twin Ports Web site.

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