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Valued Eugene Eatery, Café Maroc, Closes on December 24th
Get Out Your Fork, Cast Your Vote! Cafe Maroc of Eugene is closing, but Adam's Sustainable Table, Chef Adam Bernstein's second restaurant, the greenest full service restaurant in the US is still open for business, serving locally-grown dishes.
By: The Sustainable Table, Inc.
GET OUT YOUR FORK AND CAST YOUR VOTE
EUGENE, Oregon (December 15, 2010) – A national movement, “voting with your fork,” is a commitment that more and more people are making to show a pledge to health, the local economy and the environment with their dining dollars. Locally, Restaurateur and Chef Adam Bernstein is well known and respected for his leadership and commitment to providing the community with a genuine farm-to-table experience as well as an education about why food choices are an integral part of a healthy local food system. His commitment will continue despite the economic realities that will result in the closing of his second restaurant, Café Maroc this month.
Adam Bernstein is no stranger to the challenges and opportunities that a food focused business faces during a recession. In 1996, he opened his first restaurant, Adam’s Place with the mission to create a sustainable fine dining experience unlike any other. The restaurant was well loved and recognized for it’s superior food, service and commitment to sourcing local seasonal menu items. In 2005, Adam introduced Café Maroc, a restaurant featuring the great cuisines of North Africa. However, in 2006, the economic climate expedited the process that was already under way and prompted Mr. Bernstein to re-envision Adam’s Place with a new mission. They were already re-thinking the business model for fine dining and sustainability. As a result, Adam’s Sustainable Table emerged in early 2008 in the form of a moderately priced, green eatery, with the goal of being inclusive and putting local organics within financial reach of everyone.
With the closing of Maroc, Chef Bernstein says it’s more important than ever for community members to remember what it really means to cast a vote with your fork. “We call it a vote because choosing how and where we eat is a political act for social change that allows people to get greater quality and value from their food purchases while keeping their dollars in the local economy,” says Mr. Bernstein. A leader in the growing trend to “green” the restaurant industry, Adam’s Sustainable Table is Green Certified and has received distinction from the Green Restaurant Association as the greenest certified, full-service restaurant in the United States. The Green Restaurant Association, a non-profit organization, was established in 1990. Their primary mission is to quantify and certify sustainable efforts in the foodservice industry.
Chef Bernstein also has served as a panel member representing North America on the Intercontinental Committee Panel, for Terra Madre. With over 6,000 members, Terra Madre is an internationally acclaimed organization that brings together individuals from all over the world who support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity. Additionally, Eugene’s Mayor, Kitty Piercy recently honored Mr. Bernstein with her “Bold Steps” award, for his leadership in the community. Adam has clearly proven that his concept is one that deserves applause. However, it’s the community that can make the biggest difference in casting a, “yes” vote for Adam’s current plan to expand the Sustainable Table into Maroc’s location in 2011.
If you are a loyal patron of Café Maroc, you have a chance to order your favorite dish at least one last time before December 24th, 2010, when the restaurant will close. While you are there make it clear that you will continue to cast your vote for a model that supports local food growers and offers both health benefits and the superior tastes and flavors that you have come to expect from Chef Bernstein.
For more information about The Sustainable Table, Inc. or to inquire about the closing of Café Maroc, please contact Adam Bernstein, at (541) 344-6948 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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