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Practicing What We Preach: Recycling at Our Annual Cooking for Solutions Event
The Cooking for Solutions Gala is a remarkable event that takes place each May. In one evening dozens of restaurants and wineries set up stations throughout the Aquarium and over 2,800 epicureans stroll throughout the galleries sampling outstanding wines, seafood and other fine fare. While all this activity goes on inside the building, others are behind the scenes carrying out a seemingly impossible mission—to eliminate virtually all refuse from this event.
The whole idea of Cooking for Solutions is to highlight sustainable agriculture and sustainable seafood—helping us all learn how to make good food choices that contribute to healthy land and healthy oceans. Yet it might seem a little incongruous that thousands of disposable plates, cups and utensils are used in a celebration of sustainability. Not so with Cooking for Solutions. Each guest is given a wine glass and wooden tray (reusable/recyclable) to hold their food and wine samples. Compostable plates are used for some food samples. Disposable cups are made from vegetable-based materials instead of plastic, and are also compostable. Even spoons, forks and napkins are manufactured from compostable material.
Behind the scenes a dedicated crew of sorters is standing by in the Aquarium’s corporation yard. As trash receptacles are emptied inside the building the bags are brought outside for the sorting crew to examine. They quickly separate out any items that may not be compostable and send the rest on to a special bin that has been brought in for the event. Wine bottles are all recycled. The final result: from hundreds of pounds of refuse, only a few pounds actually wind up in the landfill. All the rest goes to compost or recycling.
In a world where many resources are increasingly scarce, the old saying, “Waste not want not” takes on a new meaning. If we learn to reduce our waste stream, and make smart use of resources and reuse/recycle where possible, we may avoid wanting for those resources in the future. The Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, and our support of sustainable agriculture, are all about the wise use of our land and sea resources so we will never want for food. That’s the solution we’re cooking up and it’s a great recipe for a future we can all savor.
—Jim Covel, Senior Manager of Guest Experience Training & Interpretation
More great weather—and great events—at Cooking for Solutions. We hope you had a chance to enjoy the festivities!
What an evening for our Cooking for Solutions Gala! There are more events to come, and you can learn more here.
The party is only a week away! May 17 is the Gala and there are still tickets available! Enjoy over 80 food stations, premier wines and specialty beers while exploring the Aquarium exhibits! See you there!
Help Save the Oceans One Bid at a Time! Our Cooking for Solutions online auction starts today, benefits the Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program and features outstanding culinary adventures, great wines and one-of-a-kind items.
Love street food? So do we! The Street Food Extravaganza takes place May 18 at Cooking for Solutions, with host Carla Hall. Tickets still available!
Did you know that Carla Hall wants to have breakfast with you? We still have tickets for this and other events at Cooking for Solutions, May 17-19!
Sam’s got something for you! Enter now for your chance to win two tickets to the Cooking for Solutions Gala May 17. Weekly prizes, too. Ends soon!
One food station down, 80 more to go!
Enter to win tickets to the Cooking for Solutions Gala May 17.
Entered our contest yet? This could be you May 17!