Cincinnati's Casa Figueroa Achieves REAL Certification

Industry: Health and Nutrition

Casa Figueroa joins the REAL Food movement, leading the way to positive food system change in Ohio.

San Francisco, CA (PRUnderground) April 18th, 2019

Casa Figueroa in Cincinnati, OH has achieved REAL Certification. The restaurant features Latin-inspired cuisine with a focus on regional, seasonal, minimally processed non-GMO ingredients of the highest quality. Casa Figueroa offers vegan and gluten-free options along with a curated selection of tequilas, mezcals and craft beers.

The highly-coveted REAL certification has been achieved by over 500 restaurant and foodservice providers. Utilizing a points-based audit, third-party registered dieticians evaluate establishments through interviews and menu, supply chain and operations analysis. Those that earn sufficient points in the areas of Responsible (nutrition), Epicurean (preparation), Agricultural (sourcing) and Leadership (environmental stewardship and other best practices) are able to become REAL Certified.

“Working with Heather through this process has been a pleasure,” says Sarah Friedkin, Growth Manager at Eat REAL, “Heather and her team continuously go the extra mile to ensure complete transparency from source to plate. We are proud to welcome Casa Figueroa to the Eat REAL Community”.

Casa Figueroa uses only high quality, seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally and sustainably. The menu is designed to provide clean and healthier options with a wide array of vegan and vegetarian dishes and limiting sugar-sweetened beverages.  To support the local food economy, Casa Figueroa has partnerships with the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) and the Ohio Valley Food Connection. Casa Figueroa minimizes their environmental impact through exceptional recycling practices, use of biodegradable small-wares and to-go items, and composting food waste.

“We proudly support independent, farmers fisherman and meat producers that do not take the environment, animal welfare, and our natural resources for granted,” Says Heather Byer, Owner of Casa Figueroa.

For more information on Casa Figueroa, visit their website here.

About Eat REAL

Eat REAL® is a 501(c) (3) Public Health nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California. Eat REAL is dedicated to transforming food in K-12 schools, creating a healthier next generation and planet. Launched in 2012, Eat REAL Certified is a nutrition and sustainability best practices certification program working with school district foodservice leaders to raise the bar and make food in schools more nutritious and sustainable. The organization supports over 237 schools across California and the United States to increase real food access and education with financial support from Battery Powered, Raley’s Food for Families Foundation, Walmart Foundation, WeWorkForGood, incredible angel supporters and special support from 96 donors through Eat REAL’s COVID-19 response campaign. More information can be found at www.eatreal.org/kidsduringcrisis.

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