30 Sep Towards sustainable Catering: Is your Caterer green?
Regardless of culture, occasion or celebration, food lies at the very heart of bringing people together in perfect unison. But where food plays such a pivotal role in positively shaping our community and nurturing our wellbeing, it can actually also be really unhealthy for our environment, emitting up to one third of all greenhouse gases and contributing up to 20% towards climate change.
So whether you are a vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, pescatarian or a fruitarian, we can all be climatarian’s by advocating for more sustainable catering practises to reduce the environmental footprint of our food and minimise environmental impacts on land, water, biodiversity and climate change.
Factors to consider when sourcing a sustainable catering company for your next event:
Planning your Menu
In a bid to save on ‘food miles’, check with your catering company if they can source locally grown and ‘in season’ food. Not only will this reduce the need to rely on food being transported hundreds and thousands of kilometres, producing harmful greenhouse gases, but also help promote a thriving local economy.
Using sustainable plant protein sources or reducing portion sizes of meat can help reduce the carbon footprint which is 50% higher than a vegetarian menu’s carbon footprint. So substituting red kidney beans or lentils for red meat and chickpeas for white meat can be a healthier alternative to consider.
Likewise for Seafood, talk to your cater about sustainable seafood choices. Purchase seafood that is not subject to overfishing and don’t buy fish from overfished stocks or badly managed fisheries. Talk to your caterer if they know how your seafood has been caught and where.
Sourcing your Menu
Ask your catering company if they can source ‘Australian Made’ or organic food options or whether they promote the use of fair trade products that are ethically sourced. Choose fresh food or plant based options over highly processed or animal based sources.
With regards to packaging, ask your caterer if they bulk buy to reduce packaging impacts on the environment or foods that require little packaging that might be recyclable.
Presentation of your plate
Check with your caterer whether they can serve in and on offer reusable serving ware such as reusable tablecloths, napkins and compostable dinnerware or ones that are biodegradable.
Laminating menus might look aesthetically appealing; consider avoiding this where possible as these cannot be recycled. Similarly, use recycled content paper and vegetable based inks when printing menus.
Responsible food waste management
Food waste management is just as critical as the need to avoid food wastage in the first place. Small steps can go a long way in effective management such as electronically confirming guests and attendees to your event and placing orders accordingly. Where possible distribute menus electronically too. Portion control can be effective in avoiding food wastage all together.
Pre-consumer food waste especially if they are non-perishable can be donated to not-for-profit community organisation, rescuing food. Post-consumer food leftovers should be donated to compost, chicken feed or a worm farm.
Top Cat Wedding Catering Sydney has been in the catering Industry for over 30 years and has an in-house team of Wedding Planners, Event Stylists and Chefs that can make your special day truly special. Whether you are after Wedding Catering or Corporate Catering, get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.