Celebrating Earth Day 2014!

A locally sourced luncheon and celebration with Miron Construction “walks the talk” for Earth Day!

By: Jeri Barry

Miron provided reusable green totes filled with environmentally friendly products to all employees in attendance

For the second year in a row we were asked to be a part of Earth Day festivities at Miron Construction. It was a great day that kicked off with a locally sourced luncheon for 100 Miron employees and program participants. The menu consisted of locally sourced foods and ingredients from 14 different farmers and purveyors, minimizing the carbon footprint created and ensuring freshness and great taste!

A salad of local micro greens with pears, Carr Valley blue cheese, Wisconsin dried cranberries, walnuts and a warm honey balsamic dressing started off the buffet

Zuppas provided biodegradable and certified compostable serving ware for the luncheon

 

While employees enjoyed lunch, a program took place which included: an overview of Miron’s sustainability program and their commitment to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified projects and employee training, a kick off of the Miron Garden Club, (read more in their blog post here), the kickoff of two recycling donation drives with R3New and Goodwill and a presentation from the recycling coordinator for Outagamie County.  What impressed me most was the breadth and depth of topics covered and the obvious long term commitment to sustainability Miron embraces. Rather than focusing on an Earth Day, Miron sponsors earth friendly activities which take place over an entire month and continue throughout the year as is highlighted in this blog post. 

Brian Arpke of Reboot & R3NEW Recycling gave a presentation on the electronics recycling done by his company in Northeast Wisconsin

Miron employees making their way through the buffet of locally sourced menu items

Zuppas signature macaroni and cheese made with Red Barn Family Farms cheddar and Lamer's Dairy cream

While Peter has embraced buying local since opening in 1999, it is encouraging to see that the movement is growing in popularity. It is our hope that with local companies like Miron supporting the buy local idea, and consumers searching out local independent restaurants like Zuppas, that local farmers will continue to thrive ensuring that plenty of healthy, flavorful food will be available for future generations. Our message for this Earth Day month? Buy local and eat local!  It’s good for our bodies, the economy and our environment!

Dessert featured Zuppas homemade brownies, cookies and bars made with Grassland butter and local eggs

 

 

 

 

About Zuppas

Since 1999 Chef Peter Kuenzi has been offering discerning Fox Valley residents fresh, fast, urban gourmet fare to suit their busy lives. Located in Neenah's Shops at Mahler Farms, Zuppas serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for dine in or take out.
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