Photography by Eugene Hyland
If ever there was a new fad to hit the foodie market, ‘sustainable dining’ is it. And thank goodness it’s a trend that does some good for the world. While politicians mindlessly debate about whether global warming is real, the effects are already felt from our farms to the ‘frontline’ of restaurants and cafes.
“Both farms [where we get our produce from] espouse ethical and sustainable production and are key to Lamaro’s Bodega driving change in the industry through increasing the demand for sustainably and ethically grown food,” says Hayley Morris, Director of Colonial Leisure Group, the parent company of Lamaro’s Bodega. “When you consider the alarming statistics associated with loss of farm land due to soil degradation, water pollution from agricultural chemicals, carbon emissions from intensive agriculture and fresh water scarcity; coupled with the impacts of a changing climate from global warming – agriculture has some massive hurdles to overcome during the next ten years,” she says.
Lamaro’s Bodega is one of many restaurants and cafes taking an ethical stance on where their produce is source from and how the produce is grown. Obtaining produce from Greenvale Farm in Western Victoria, Cape Schanck Farm from Mornington and Spade & Barrow for vegetables (an organisation that purchases whole crops regardless of size, variations or imperfections). What is the outcome of all this sustainable food? A quality meal, of course.
Lamaro’s Bodega, for example, serves a beautiful modern European fair. Think wood grilled rockling and pippies, and a beautiful, fresh charcuterie board with three types of cured and air dried meats. Yum! So if sustainable food is good for the farmers, good for the restaurant, environment and consumer then what are you waiting for? This is one trend we can all get on board with.
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