Asheville named a ‘green dining destination’ by Green Restaurant Association

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Great news! Press release here:

For the first time ever, one of America’s cities, Asheville, North Carolina, has earned the official designation of being a Green Dining Destination™. This achievement means that locals, tourists, and businesspeople can dine at a plethora of Certified Green Restaurants® throughout Asheville. This accomplishment was driven by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR), and the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute (BRSI), who formed a local Coalition to encourage more environmentally sustainable practices within the city’s restaurants.

This month, Asheville has met and exceeded its goal of having 15 Certified Green Restaurants® throughout the city, all of which have met the GRA’s rigorous certification standards. As the 16th restaurant in Asheville recently earned its certification, the Coalition has now reached its goal of Asheville becoming the nation’s first Green Dining Destination™.

Mayor Terry M. Bellamy Proudly States:
“I am both proud and honored that the Green Restaurant Association has designated Asheville as America’s first Green Dining Destination™. Asheville’s 15 Certified Green Restaurants® are leading the way toward zero waste, energy independence, and sustainable food… When you visit Asheville you will have an amazing selection of extraordinary green restaurants.”

“The Asheville area prides itself on a food culture that embraces fresh, innovative cuisine that integrates product from local growers and artisan food producers,” Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Stephanie Brown noted. “The prestigious designation of “Green Dining Destination” is an accomplishment that adds to Asheville’s reputation as a distinctive culinary destination.”
All of Asheville’s Certified Green Restaurant® have met the GRA’s rigorous certification standards by earning at least 100 GreenPoints™ in the categories of food, water, waste, energy, chemicals, and disposables. Additionally, each Certified Green Restaurant® has eliminated use of polystyrene foam, (aka StyroFoam™), and has implemented a full-scale recycling program.

The 16 Certified Green Restaurants® in the city are:

The French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Laughing Seed Cafe,
Luella’s Bar-B-Que
Plant Restaurant
Neo Cantina
Posana Cafe
Rosetta’s Kitchen
Strada Italiano
The Corner Kitchen
The Green Sage
The Green Sage South
Tupelo Honey Café
Tupelo Honey Cafe South
Cedric’s Tavern on the Biltmore Estate
“We are thrilled to be one of the Certified Green Restaurants® that has helped Asheville become the nation’s first Green Dining Destination™,” says Randy Tally from The Green Sage.

Leslie H. Armstrong from Plant Restaurant adds, “Our customers care greatly about the environmental impact of the restaurants they visit. Because our menu is exclusively plant-based, our ecological footprint is inherently light. As a Certified Green Restaurant®, we’re pleased that we can provide transparent details about how we’ve become even more environmentally sustainable across our operations.”

Green-minded consumers can easily locate the continually expanding list of Certified Green Restaurants® online by visiting, which also features the detailed environmental accomplishments of each location. Further, on the website, diners can learn more about the environmental impact of the restaurant industry, and encourage even more local restaurants to go green.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. Dane Barrager November 16, 2012

    The link to dinegreenasheville appears to be broken. works.

    Also, I wanted everybody to know that we are releasing a smartphone app for the Green Restaurants in Asheville. You can preview it now by directing the browser on your smartphone to:

    Apple iOS and Android versions coming soon!


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