REAL Certified Businesses

REAL Certified Restaurants Work to Create Healthier Dinning Out Options Throughout the Nation

Originally posted by Salud America! There are many options for dining out these days, but which restaurants offer healthier and more sustainable options for families? REAL, standing for Responsible, Epicurean, and Agricultural Leadership, is a nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.  The United States Healthful Food Council… Read More

Hot Italian — a healthy type of pizza

  Jay Gelvezon / Aggie By Betty Wu || Originally posted on The California Aggie || October 30, 2016 Restaurant offers variety of pizza made from local, organic ingredients As an international student studying in the United States, I must admit that I have mixed feelings about American cuisine. Juicy hamburgers, cheesy pizzas and extra-large Cokes are all… Read More

Part 1: Why more restaurants are getting REAL

Orginally posted on Fast Causal  By now, most members of the restaurant industry have heard of both the U.S. Healthful Foods Council and its program, Responsible Epicurean Agricultural Leadership, or REAL. The council has certified hundreds of restaurant brands nationwide that live up to its high standards for sustainable sourcing, environmentally sound practices, and healthful menus. Additionally, the… Read More

UC Davis becomes second university to be REAL Certified

Original Article on University Business Wednesday, January 27, 2016 The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) announced today that the University of California, Davis, has become only the second university in the nation to be audited and certified for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL). “UC Davis recognizes the critical link between food, health and… Read More

Taziki’s Holiday Offer

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe was the first national franchise to gain REAL Certification – a year later, they are still setting the standard for healthful living. As the holiday season begins, Taziki’s is offering a promotion to get you and your loved ones eating REAL through the festivities. For every $25 gift certificate purchased, you get… Read More

Zoo’s Eateries First in Indiana to Earn REAL Certification

Kokomo Perspective || September 3, 2015 Program recognizes restaurants offering healthy, sustainable foods INDIANAPOLIS — Fresh flavors, local ingredients, healthy options — those are the principles that recently earned two of the Indianapolis Zoo’s eateries the United States Healthful Food Council’s REAL Certification. Café on the Commons and the seasonal Farm to Table salad cart are… Read More

Stanford’s dining program earns elite sustainability designation

Original article featured in FoodService Director By Bianca N. Herron, Digital Editor A nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting diet-related disease has certified Stanford University as meeting its Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) criteria.  No other college has yet earned the certification from the United States Healthful Food Council. “Stanford is helping set new standards for… Read More

Stanford first college to get REAL

Written by Mike Buzalka || Original article featured in Food Management Designation from U.S. Healthful Food Council certifies school’s excellence in its commitment to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship. Stanford University has become the nation’s first campus dining program to be REAL (Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership) Certified for its use of nutrition and sustainability best… Read More

Guckenheimer corporate cafes receive REAL Certification

Original Article appeared in Food Management Designation signifies compliance with United States Healthful Food Council standards for healthfulness and sustainability. A number of Guckenheimer operated corporate dining programs have completed the verification process and received the REAL Certified designation from the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC). The designation validates that the sites have met USHFC… Read More


By Carly Garcia || Originally posted on || July 7, 2015 Louisville is a city known for offering its residents with an impressively large variety of delicious foods. From authentic Ethiopian cuisine to the best of sushi buffets, this city has it all. And now Louisville is adding something else to its list of dining… Read More