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Mayor John Cooper to Issue Challenge to Restaurant Industry on Reducing Food Waste This Holiday Season

12/11/2019
Chris Song

This Friday, Mayor John Cooper will challenge area restauranteurs to reduce their food waste while helping to feed hungry Nashvillians throughout the holiday season and beyond.

He will also recognize standout, current participants in the Mayor’s Food-Saver Challenge. The event will be held at a Las Palmas, which is committing their entire franchise to the Challenge this week.

The Mayor’s Food-Saver Challenge aims to inspire our local businesses to donate wholesome food to people who need it most this holiday season. Up to 40 percent of the food in the United States goes uneaten, with 95 percent of that wasted food ending up in landfills or incinerators.

To join the Challenge, restaurants, hotels and event venues are asked to select and implement at least five options from a menu of strategies proven to reduce food waste, and then report out on their progress.

Who: Mayor John Cooper and local restaurant chefs, managers, and owners including: Mauricio Sanchez of Las Palmas, Maneet Chauhan of Chaatable and a regular judge on Chopped, Deb Paquette of etch, Vanessa Paz of Las Paletas, Matt Farley of TomKats, and more. Mayor John Cooper, Metro Public Works, Nashville Originals, the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association, and the Nashville Food Waste Initiative are challenging local restaurants to reduce the amount of food they waste.

What: Mayor’s Food-Saver Challenge. The Challenge prioritizes the prevention of wasted food, donation of surplus food, and recycling of food scraps—in that order.

When: Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Where: Las Palmas Restaurant
5821 Charlotte Pike
Nashville TN 37209