Eating local in honor of Earth Day!

A local company supporting a local restaurant supporting local farmers…..

By: Jeri Barry

 Miron Construction Co., is committed not only to sustainability but also to assisting the communities in which they live, work and play. To give life to those ideals, in honor of Earth Day, they recently hosted a special luncheon for their employees to kick off a Habitat Restore Collection Challenge.

Miron Construction employees enjoying lunch and a presentation from the Restore to kick off a Habitat Restore Collection challenge.

 Zuppas was thrilled to be part of this exciting event and  even more delighted when Miron expressed an interest in using locally purveyed foods, and challenged us to create a custom menu to do just that. Our menu utilized no fewer than 14 vendors local to Wisconsin, some literally as close as our backyard. All plates, napkins and silverware were also biodegradable and certified compostable. While Peter has made a concerted effort since opening in 1999 to utilize as many local sources as possible, it is only within the past few years that we have seen the “farm to table” movement really take off in our area and to become more widely accepted if not demanded by discriminating customers. We could not be more thrilled with this shift in values!

Miron employees making their way through the buffet line

Why? First and foremost, local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life. Quite simply, we can create tastier menu items and offer our customers a better product if we are able to find our ingredients locally.

 

Tomato salad with Belgioioso fresh mozzarella and Grow Local fresh basil

Micro greens from Grow Local with Carr Valley blue cheese and Cherryland's Best cranberries

Taste is not the only reason to search out local sources. Buying locally strengthens our  economy by creating jobs and supports endangered family farms. Also, because local food doesn’t have to travel far, carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials are reduced.

Zuppas dessert display made with Milos Eggs and Lamer's Dairy milk, cream and butter

It is our hope that with local companies like Miron supporting the buy local idea, and consumers searching out local independent restaurants like Zuppas, the local farmers will continue to thrive ensuring that plenty of healthy, flavorful food will be available for future generations.

The Menu:

Salads:

Grow Local mixed greens, topped with  Cherryland’s Best dried cranberries, Carr Valley blue cheese and toasted walnuts with a warm honey balsamic dressing made with Bee Pure honey.

Fresh Belgioioso mozzarella, sliced tomatoes and Grow Local fresh basil and pea shoots topped with a balsamic drizzle

Uphoff Family Farms herb roasted Berkshire pork loin with Great Lakes sauerkraut and pork jus

Chicken marsala with Growing Power mushrooms Lamers Dairy cream sauce

Mashed Wisconsin potatoes with Silver Springs horseradish

McCain Potato and caramelized onion gratin with Sartori Asiago cheese

Grilled vegetables garnished with Growing Power pea shoots

Zuppas macaroni and cheese made with Red Barn Family Farms aged cheddar

Crusty rolls and Grassland Dairy butter

Made from scratch brownies, 7-layer bars, lemon bars, fruit crumble bars and cookies all made with Milo Eggs and Lamers Dairy butter, milk and cream

 

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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3 Responses to Eating local in honor of Earth Day!

  1. Sherie Gustafson McClelland says:

    Great article. I wish I lived in Neenah!!

  2. Jen Bauer says:

    Thanks for featuring Miron Construction and for making us a fantastic locally-sourced and incredibly delicious lunch. We’d also like to thank you for celebrating Earth Day with us!!!

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