When the word green is in a restaurant’s name, sustainability had better play a significant part in that diner’s culinary story. After all, when patrons visit a green restaurant, they expect a dining experience in an environment that exudes green and supports sustainable principles.
"Our collective behaviors are harming the world faster and more destructively than we ever imagined possible. Still, we must strive to be environmentally and socially responsible and engage in sustainable practices to give ourselves and all other living species a long-term chance to thrive."
Craft beer may be the star beverage in Asheville, but many would argue that this is a city fueled by caffeine. Independent coffee shops are thriving, Ashevilleans know their baristas as well as their bartenders, and the number of local coffee roasters is steadily growing.
So, what if we could source our caffeine buzz from a plant that grows regionally, or even right here in Western North Carolina?
"When patrons dine at a green restaurant, their standards are raised. They expect locally sourced, natural, organic and sustainably raised foods. And they want a dining experience in an environment that exudes green and supports sustainable principles. The Green Sage Café in Asheville, N.C., embraces this challenge with a green vision that permeates every facet of their operation."
On Thursday, MountainTrue announced the winners of the MountainTrue Awards, presented each year at the organization’s Annual Member and Supporter Gathering. Green Sage Cafe of Asheville received the Green Business Award.
This week, we're highlighting Randy Talley, co-owner and president of Green Sage Cafe, which has three locations in Asheville, NC. Going local is central to the Green Sage philosophy, with local ingredients and even local energy harvested from solar panels and wind farms lowering the environmental impact of their menu and lighting alike.
On April 27, Chipotle Mexican Grill became the first national restaurant chain to ban genetically modified ingredients from its menu. But while the company has made headlines across the U.S. for its bold stance against the industry’s claim that all food is created equal, many Asheville restaurants have been waging a much quieter war of their own for years.
This restroom is beautifully appointed. Green Sage has gone out of their way to make this a sophisticated and stylish room with high end tile, dividers, and counter tops. They should be applauded for their sense of style and taste. We’re applauding them right now with a very high score.
Green Sage Cafe has announced that 20 percent of their power at all three restaurant locations will be sourced from pollution-free electricity through a partnership with national Clean Energy provider, Arcadia Power.
"Chocolate made my mom perspire. But she kept eating — and making it — anyway. She even let me (what was she thinking?) eat her chocolate sauce on pound cake for breakfast. So, eating chocolate morning, noon and night is not a stretch for me — or, it turns out, for my fellow Ashevilleans. We have our cacao fortresses — the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, the Chocolate Fetish and Chocolate Gems — but our sweet town also harbors countless hidden chocolate sanctuaries."
The Green Sage Coffeehouse and Café in Asheville, N.C., now with two locations, is at the forefront of the city’s green dining movement. The menu accommodates those following a gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan diet and uses meats that are antibiotic-, hormone-, and preservative free.
n support of a major expansion of our Food Tree Project,Green Sage Cafe collected over 100 lbs of their spent coffee grounds for our Sand Hill Community Orchard. So how exactly do spent coffee grounds go along with fruit orchards? One tasty word, blueberries.
Now that people are more conscious of what they are eating, says sorghum grower Doug Harrell, sorghum is becoming a more sought-after product. With vitamins and minerals like thiamin, iron and calcium, Harrell says “it is probably the healthiest sweetener in the nation today.”
From home gardening to Whole Foods shopping down to Equal Exchange drinking and Green Sage Cafe eating, these two cities promote the bond between their citizens and Mamma Earth. No synthetic pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers, no problem.
“People know we’re not some greenwash,” adds Talley, who’s helped steer nearly every earth-friendly grocery of note in North Carolina, including Earth Fare, Greenlife and Weaver Street Market in Chapel Hill.
The opening of the third Green Sage location in Westgate Shopping Center brings co-owners Randy Talley and Roger Derrough full circle: The pair established the first Earth Fare store in that same plaza 20 years ago.
Three Asheville food establishments made the top 20 list of America’s Greenest Restaurants of 2014, a ranking compiled annually by culinary website The Daily Meal based on data from the Green Restaurant Association.
We didn’t know much about Asheville, North Carolina– much less its Green Restaurants– despite it being just a 3-hour drive from our hometown of Atlanta. But when we decided to stop there to visit our friends Cristina and Hal of Travel For Wildlife en route to the Outer Banks last month, the folks at Explore Asheville were delighted to educate us about the mountain town’s eco-friendly awesomeness. In retrospect, we’re glad they did.