Green Cuisine is an annual event that takes place next Wednesday (July 16) from 5-8 PM at Food For Thought near Empire. The annual event offers a chance to meet and sample the works of local food and beverage artisans, tour Food For Thought’s organic farm and green buildings and socialize, learn and have fun in a beautiful setting. They also have a “green lifestyles” tent where you can learn about other green local products and services.
Food for Thought’s Kathy Young shares, “This is our tenth year, if you can believe it! We have a couple of new breweries this year, Stormcloud and Terra Firma, along with a couple of new restaurants, Mission Table and Hearth & Vine. We’re also excited that Seth and May will be playing after the event from 8-9:30.”
In addition to the above, the big list of vendors includes food from La Becasse/Bistro FouFou, Oryana, The Redheads, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate, Honor Family Market, Just Good Chocolate and 9 Bean Rows which attendees are free to taste. There’s also a huge list of wineries that includes Black Star Farms, Brengman Brothers, L. Mawby Vineyard and Left Foot Charley and beer from local favorites including Stormcloud Brewery and Jolly Pumpkin with plenty of non-alcoholic options.
One of the neatest things about the event is that it’s a “zero-waste” event with the goal that everything be either reusable, recyclable or compostable. In year’s past they’ve hosted up to 1000 visitors and generated less than 7 ounces of trash – something to see indeed.
After their first decade, Food for Thought’s Tim Young reflects on the impact of Green Cuisine. “Honor Market started carrying compostable plates and service ware after attending their first Green Cuisine 10 years ago, and we’ve seen zero waste events blossom in northwest Michigan. Our mission is not so much to move businesses into the local scene, but to connect local consumers with the food and beverage artisans that are already sourcing and creating locally. Literally thousands of locals have encountered local businesses here for the first time and we have brought in many new companies over the years that didn’t have much of a presence in the area.”
As always, the event is free to attend BUT pre-registration is required. Click for registration details!