One thing is definite, you don’t want to scrimp on food. It’s a party after all. But you do want the food to be sustainable and the quantity to be appropriate for the number of guests you decide to have. SustaniableTable.org is a good source for educating yourself on how you can eat healthier and shop smarter and find great tasting sustainable food in your local area.
No need to economize on decorations either. They underline the holiday theme and set a festive tone. Just pick reusable party decorations and, in the case of lighting, energy-efficiency.
Keep away from disposable plates. If that’s not possible, then buy a green brand. Ditto for cutlery and glasses. Send electronic invitations and let any computer-averse guests know about the celebration by phone.
Squeeze the excess leftover problem in the bud by preparing the right amount of food for the company, taking into account the share of men, women and children. Keep in mind that the more dishware you serve, the more people will tend to eat overall. The length of time prior to the meal will affect the amount of snacks and hors d’oeuvres required.
Put together your menu around local farmers markets and seasonal foods. Granted, there isn’t that much available in December in colder areas, but see what you can get—if not from the instant vicinity then from the region. It will be easier if you shop at a farmers’ market than the grocery store.
Reduce your meat consumption. I know that it doesn’t sound very conventional, but consider the idea if you care about the environment. Our nation’s meat-centric way of eating is unsustainable for a diversity of reasons. The recommended daily allowance of meat is 5.5 ounces. Americans are currently averaging 8.4 ounces per day. If every American cut out meat just one day a week, it would have a huge positive impact on our environment – and the health of our bodies too!
How do you cut back on animal products at a holiday meal? Instead of a roast, which encourages heavy meat consumption, make a dish that mixes meat with plant foods, such as a stew with carrots, turnips and leeks or stuffed cabbage. Tempt the company with an elegant vegetarian entree, such as a goat cheese, beet and walnut tart.
Have a beautiful party, a happy holiday and a healthy new year from the entire team of New Carbon Economics. Ian Adlington
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