Industry: Health and Nutrition
Herndon, VA | (PRUnderground) | August 1st, 2018
Virginia health-focused restaurant pioneer, GreenFare Organic Cafe, has undergone the Eat REAL® Certified Audit and became the first in the state to qualify for Platinum level certification. The experience and dishes at Greenfare Organic are not unique and inventive and are designed and crafted to improve your overall health.
“GreenFare was envisioned to be a community-focused environment where local people could come to dine and learn about the life-enhancing benefits of organic, freshly prepared, minimally processed plant food without added salt, oil, or sugar.” explains owner Gwyn Whittaker
This certification incorporates responsible food preparation, sustainable produce sourcing, and a tiered (Silver, Gold, and Platinum) system for scoring restaurants that go above and beyond standard practice in their operations.
By becoming Platinum certified, GreenFare Organic Café is leading the highest ranking REAL Certified establishments – the goal of which is to represent the top 1% of nutrition and sustainability best-practice nationwide. On top of the REAL Certified audit standards, Platinum restaurants must also meet the following prerequisites:
- A minimum score of 90% on the REAL Certified audit
- 100% of meat and poultry products are sourced from non-CAFO farms.
- 100% of seafood must be “green” according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Consumer Guide.
- At least 50% of all oils used in food preparation are non-GMO.
- 100% of entrees contain at least one serving of vegetables that is NOT juiced, deep-fried, or sweetened.
- None of the pre-packaged food items sold include ingredients from Eat REAL’s list of unacceptable ingredients.
“The passion and care that Gwyn and the staff at GreenFare show through their careful sourcing, preparation, and community education truly sets them apart from others in the restaurant industry”, says Nutrition, Standards, and Certification Manager Kristin Zelhart, “We are proud to award and recognize them as an important leader in the movement towards a better food system!”
Greenfare Organic Cafe is also only one of five certified organic restaurants in the country. Additionally, the restaurant is powered by 100% renewable energy, with menus dictated by seasonal ingredients available locally.
For more information on Greenfare Organic Café, visit their website.
About Eat REAL
Eat REAL® is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to transforming America’s food system and fighting diet-related disease. Launched in 2012, Eat REAL Certified is a nutrition and sustainability best practices certification program aimed at realigning the food industry’s incentives with consumers’ health interests. The organization has certified over 500 restaurants, corporate cafes and university and school dining services in 35 states, with financial support from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Park Foundation, the Mary Black Foundation, the Campbell Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. More information can be found at www.eatreal.org.