The Terrace Restaurant at Longwood Gardens is now a Certified Green Restaurant® through the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). “Longwood Gardens is delighted the Terrace Restaurant is now recognized as a Certified Green restaurant,” says Longwood Gardens Director Paul Redman. “This designation is keeping with Longwood’s garden-wide commitment to using sustainable practices.”
Terrace Restaurant General Manager Tijs Wolters is equally pleased. “We’re honored and happy to receive this environmental award, especially because we didn’t have to change the good practices we already had in place to get officially certified,” he says.
The Terrace Restaurant at Longwood Gardens is operated by Restaurant Associates.
To earn the Certified Green Restaurant® distinction, restaurants must meet the requirements of the GRA’s points-based program:
• Accumulate a total of 100 Points
• Meet minimum points in 6 of the 7 environmental categories
• Have a full-scale recycling program
• Be Styrofoam free
• Complete the GRA's yearly education requirement
The Green Restaurant Association requires all applications to achieve a minimum score of 100 points to receive a 2 Star Certification, 175 points to receive a 3 Star Certification, and 300 points to receive a 4 Star Certification. Each restaurant is judged in these areas: Energy, Water, Waste, Disposables, Chemical & Pollution Reduction and Food.
The Terrace Restaurant achieved a 2 Star rating and received a total score of 144.64, earning the highest marks in the Waste and Food categories.
Compostable ware used in the Terrace Restaurant goes to Longwood’s large-scale compost facility. Instead of going to the landfill, it returns to the Gardens. “This year the Terrace Restaurant increased its compostable efforts by introducing water bottles that are compostable and serving beverages in containers that reduce plastic bottle use,” says Wolters.
The Terrace Restaurant also uses compostable plates and cups, and guests are asked to separate their plates, cups, utensils, and wastes after dining so that the items can be sorted and composted.
In the Food category, Wolters attributes the high Green Restaurant Association score to Longwood Gardens’ commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood (no endangered species are served), hormone-free chicken, cage-free eggs, and local produce from neighboring farms. The restaurant also uses vegetables and herbs grown in Longwood’s gardens in the kitchen. Additionally, the Terrace Restaurant continues to source food through local farmers, and participates in Longwood Garden’s recycling program.
The Green Restaurant Association is the only official certifier of Green Restaurants® in the country. The national non-profit organization was founded in 1990 to shift the restaurant industry toward ecological sustainability. To learn more, visit: http://www.dinegreen.com/
About Restaurant Associates
Restaurant Associates is recognized as the nation’s premier foodservice, restaurant and catering company, operating over 100 prestigious dining locations. Restaurant Associates, based in New York City, provides premium food services to museums, performing arts centers, aquariums, corporate dining, educational facilities and off-premise catering events in New York City, Boston, Hartford, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Restaurant Associates is a subsidiary of Compass Group, The Americas Division, the world’s leading foodservice
About Longwood Gardens
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Throughout his life, Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,058 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and cultural and community engagement.
Longwood Gardens opens daily at 9 a.m. The Terrace Restaurant is open daily for full- and self-service dining. The Gardens Shop is also open daily. Admission is $18 for adults; $15 for seniors (62+); $8 for Students ages 5-22; and free age 4 and under. Longwood Gardens is on US Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA. For more information, visit www.longwoodgardens.org or call