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Guest Post from Wendie Aston: Eco-Friendly Plated Dinner

by admin on March 19, 2013 in Health, Logistics, Reception Traditions, Rehearsal Dinner with No Comments

Eco-Friendly Plated Dinner

By Wendie Aston

When you are planning what to serve your guests at your reception dinner, it can become overwhelming. In an effort to be eco-friendly and produce less waste, a plated dinner is the best option. The amount of food wasted from a buffet is enormous; most guests tend to indulge in the cocktail hour foods and may not have an appetite for a large buffet dinner.  A plated dinner ensures each guest has an adequate amount of food that is displayed beautifully.

One way to honor God’s creatures at your reception is to go vegetarian. For those of you who are not thrilled with this idea, however, there are other eco-friendly entree options. You can start by serving grass-fed or organic beef, which is raised more humanely. It is also healthier because it is not injected with hormones or antibiotics, it is lower in artery-clogging saturated fat, and it provides more healthy Omega-3 fats.

Another option is bison which is low in fat and never injected with hormones or antibiotics.  If you prefer seafood, a sustainable fish is Wild Alaskan Salmon according to Seafood Watch, which has a larger list of sustainable seafood choices for your reception.

Once you have decided on your entree, you can talk with your caterer about using Non-GMO (not genetically modified) sides like healthy vegetables.  The Environmental Working Group offers a helpful list of which fruits and vegetables you should buy organic and which contain the least amount of pesticides.  Some good options for healthy sides are sweet pea puree or sweet potato puree instead of traditional mashed potatoes. Fresh asparagus or broccoli always brighten a plate and go well with any entree.

Another way to keep your plated dinner eco-friendly is by choosing foods that are grown locally. You can talk in depth with your caterer about this or take control of this if you are doing your own planning. Think of the amount of time it takes for food to travel by truck from across the country or internationally. The amount of gas used does not help the carbon footprint* of your wedding.  And by the time the food gets to you, it is not exactly as fresh as it could be if you had purchased it locally.  

In addition, it is most helpful to choose fruits and vegetables that are in season. If you are having a December wedding, asparagus will be hard to find in a cold climate.

As for leftovers, you can donate them or have them composted. If you would like to send them home with family, opt for takeout containers that are compostable like those at World Centric.
Implementing even just one eco-friendly choice for your reception will make a huge difference. It is a step in the “Green Direction”!

* Click here to learn more about offsetting your carbon footprint.

Wendie Aston is a GREEN blogger who hopes to inspire all moms to be better stewards of the environment and to create healthy GREEN homes for families to thrive. She is available for GREEN consultations to GREEN your home, lifestyle, or to create your dream GREEN nursery in the NYC area or via Skype.

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