Greenfare Organic Becomes the First Platinum REAL Certified® Restaurant in Virginia

Industry: Health & Fitness

Virginia health-focused restaurant pioneer, Greenfare Organic Cafe, has undergone the Eat REAL® Certified Audit and became the first in the state to qualify for Platinum level certification.

Herndon, VA (PRUnderground) August 1st, 2018

Virginia health-focused restaurant pioneer, GreenFare Organic Cafe, has undergone the Eat REAL® Certified Audit and became the first in the state to qualify for Platinum level certification. The experience and dishes at Greenfare Organic are not unique and inventive and are designed and crafted to improve your overall health.

“GreenFare was envisioned to be a community-focused environment where local people could come to dine and learn about the life-enhancing benefits of organic, freshly prepared, minimally processed plant food without added salt, oil, or sugar.” explains owner Gwyn Whittaker

This certification incorporates responsible food preparation, sustainable produce sourcing, and a tiered (Silver, Gold, and Platinum) system for scoring restaurants that go above and beyond standard practice in their operations.

By becoming Platinum certified, GreenFare Organic Café is leading the highest ranking REAL Certified establishments – the goal of which is to represent the top 1% of nutrition and sustainability best-practice nationwide. On top of the REAL Certified audit standards, Platinum restaurants must also meet the following prerequisites:

  • A minimum score of 90% on the REAL Certified audit

  • 100% of meat and poultry products are sourced from non-CAFO farms.

  • 100% of seafood must be “green” according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Consumer Guide.

  • At least 50% of all oils used in food preparation are non-GMO.

  • 100% of entrees contain at least one serving of vegetables that is NOT juiced, deep-fried, or sweetened.

  • None of the pre-packaged food items sold include ingredients from Eat REAL’s list of unacceptable ingredients.

“The passion and care that Gwyn and the staff at GreenFare show through their careful sourcing, preparation, and community education truly sets them apart from others in the restaurant industry”, says Nutrition, Standards, and Certification Manager Kristin Zelhart, “We are proud to award and recognize them as an important leader in the movement towards a better food system!”

Greenfare Organic Cafe is also only one of five certified organic restaurants in the country. Additionally, the restaurant is powered by 100% renewable energy, with menus dictated by seasonal ingredients available locally.

For more information on Greenfare Organic Café, visit their website.

About Eat REAL

Eat REAL® is a 501(c) (3) Public Health nonprofit organization based in Richmond, 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 food service leaders to raise the bar and make food in schools more nutritious and sustainable. Eat REAL’s core program currently supports 237 schools, reaching over 116,000 students.

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