Local Restaurants Support Tennessee Farmland Conservation

Monday, August 24, 2015

A group of 39 community-minded Nashville restaurants and 18 local Chattanooga restaurants will raise awareness and donate a percentage of the day’s sales on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to the Land Trust for Tennessee in support of its work protecting local farms and Tennessee’s natural landscapes.  

This year, the third annual Eat Green for Tennessee event gained momentum with more than double the 26 restaurants that participated in Nashville in 2014 and for the first time, expanded to Chattanooga. 

With increased attention from the food community, the Land Trust for Tennessee is dedicated to helping keep the “farm” in “farm-to-table” cuisine. Having protected nearly 100,000 acres of green space in Tennessee, from public parks to viewsheds on the Natchez Trace Parkway to over 90 private family farms, the Land Trust for Tennessee supports tourism, outdoor recreation, cultural heritage and local food production through permanent land conservation. Nearly 40,000 of these protected acres are in the Southeast and South Cumberland Region surrounding Chattanooga including Fiery Gizzard, Lost Cove, parts of the Mountain Goat Trail, Blythe Ferry on the Hiawassee Refuge among other natural areas. 

In the spirit of building community conservation, both cities are invited to join the Land Trust for Tennessee and local food proprietors to “Eat Green for Tennessee” in support of the Land Trust for Tennessee’s mission to protect the character of Tennessee’s natural and historic landscapes and sites for future generations. Agriculture accounts for $20 billion in Tennessee’s economy and sustains 200,000 jobs. The loss of more than 15 percent of Tennessee farms between 2007 and 2014 is an issue that affects every Tennessee community, said officials. 

For the day, with no added fees, those dining out at participating locations can buy gift certificates, have a morning coffee, eat dinner with friends, grab a snack, stop for ice cream, buy local meat and cheese for a dinner party—and 10 percent or more will be donated to the Land Trust to fund work protecting the state’s greenspace, including the Tennessee farmland that provides seasonal, fresh produce. 

Participating restaurants include: 

CHATTANOOGA (18): 1885 Grill, 212 Market Restaurant, Alleia, Clyde’s on Main, Community Pie, Easy Bistro, Flying Squirrel Bar, Good Dog, Lupi’s Pizza Pies*, Main Street Meats, Milk & Honey, Mojo Burrito*, Public House, Slick’s Burgers, St. John’s Meeting Place, Taco Mamacita, Two Ten Jack and Urban Stack

NASHVILLE (39): 12 South Tap Room, 360 Bistro, 5th & Taylor, Adele’s, Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Bagel Face Bakery, Burger Up (12 South), Butchertown Hall, The Capitol Grille, Chago’s Cantina, City House, Dozen Bakery, FLIP Burger, Frothy Monkey*, Grays on Main, Holland House, Josephine, Kayne Prime, Las Paletas, Lockeland Table, Merchant’s, Miel, Moto, Noelle, Paradise Park, The Perch*, Pharmacy Burger, Porter Road Butchers*, Prima, Pub5, Puckett’s (Leiper’s Fork), Rolf & Daughters, Saint Anejo, Taco Mamacita, Tavern, Two Ten Jack, Virago, Whiskey Kitchen and Wild Cow


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