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LAYLA KHOURY-HANOLD is a food, drink and travel writer whose
work has appeared on Saveur, Food Network and Refinery29 and in
The Chicago Tribune, among others. Follow her on Instagram
@theglassofrose.

Championing Composting

Since Sharon Ponce opened
Little Green Hive in 2013,
she's championed composting.
Between the two locations, this
amounts to 460 pounds per week
of composted coffee grounds and
smoothie and juice fruit scraps,
SHARON PONCE
destined for fertilizer at Sister
Nettle Bed & Breakfast and local farms.
River & Rail's chef-owner, Aaron Deal, is also a
compost devotee. Two years ago, he implemented a
composting program to benefit local farmers. As each
cook prepares ingredients, plant-based scraps and
eggshells go into a five-gallon bucket at their station
before being combined into larger receptacles.

"It's cool to see the amount of
food not going into the regular
garbage with everything else,"
Deal says. "I feel good about the
fact that it's being used to grow
food."
Composting isn't limited to
MADISON RUCKEL
brick-and-mortar spots. Madison
Ruckel, owner of food truck Mama Jean's Barbecue,
composts scraps such as cabbage, potatoes and Brussels
sprouts, which he then uses to grow fresh chilies for
his barbecue sauces and rubs. Shaqueena Snyder, who
runs catering company Queen's
Vegan Café, composts scraps
from her plant-based menu
including avocado shells and
pits, banana peels and citrus
peels, which she donates to a
local farmer friend.
SHAQUEENA SNYDER

Much of reducing restaurant
food waste comes down to
conscientious ordering. Snyder
says that as a caterer, she has the
benefit of ordering just what she
needs for an event. For Rock &
Roll Diner's Charlie Hamill, not
CHARLIE HAMILL
over-purchasing means "trying
to be ahead of the curve and seeing what's trending."
Another way he reduces waste while shoring up his
bottom line is menu cross-utilization-if he's ordering
bell peppers, for example, they'll appear in at least
three dishes (a good tip to remember for at-home meal
planning, too).
A focused menu of
burgers means that dialed-in
ordering comes naturally to
FarmBurguesa's co-founders
Kat Pascal and Jimmy Delgado.
But their zero-waste mission
also extends to reducing water
waste. There are no utensils,
beer mugs or wine glasses,
and burgers are served on wax
paper atop a reusable plastic
plate, resulting in so few dishes
they haven't needed to hire a
dishwasher.
ABOVE:
Kat Pascal &
Jimmy Delgado

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020

AT LEFT:
Save scraps like radish greens, onion
tops and kale stems to make pestos,
garnishes and pickles.

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