Local Miami Restaurants Giving Back On Earth Day & Arbor Day
Earth Day is officially over but you can still support their efforts year round! It’s an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. And now, more than ever, we all need to do our part to support our fragile environment. A few of our favorite spots in Miami are doing their part to give back on Earth Day.
Check out some of their events and see how dining out can help show your support on Earth Day!
American Harvest To Donate 10% of Their Sales To Slow Food Miami
In celebration of Earth Day on Saturday April 22, 2017, American Harvest, the fast-casual dining destination by Grove Bay Hospitality Group located at Brickell City Centre, will be doing their part in providing a sustainable environment by donating 10% of the day’s sales to Slow Food Miami.
Slow Food Miami is the local, 100% volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to “planting a fresher future for our children,” by supporting local growers and artisan food makers who use sustainable methods to provide good, clean and fair food for all in the local community. Event proceeds from their annual Snail of Approval Awards go towards building Edible School & Community Gardens that encourage the enjoyment of local, seasonal and sustainably grown food.
Shoppers are encouraged to dine at American Harvest and contribute to the slow food movement at the same time. Delectable menu highlights include the Rotisserie Chicken Skillet – cage-free, all natural, hormone and antibiotic free chicken quarter with chimichurri vinaigrette served with roasted sweet potatoes, mushroom, bacon and scallions; Blue’s Steak Tacos – Myers all-natural, grass fed, free range steak, organic GMO-free blue corn tortillas, caramelized shallots, chimichurri vinaigrette, avocado and fresh cilantro; and Spicy Thai Salad – hydroponic butter lettuce cups, red grapes, baby heirloom tomatoes, edamame, fresh cilantro and shaved red onion drizzled with a spicy Thai vinaigrette.
KYU Invites Guests to Join in Planting Trees for Arbor Day
Chef Michael Lewis and business partner Steven Haigh have been committed to green practices since opening KYU in February, 2016. Now, in celebration of Arbor Day, Friday, April 28th, the James Beard Semifinalist restaurant plans to double down on eco-friendly practices – that have included planting trees, use of an Orca composter to reduce waste, sourcing locally, and avoiding plastic (paper straws, anyone) – by inviting guests to join the effort. For each guest dining at KYU on Arbor Day the team will donate $1 to Trees for the Future. Guests are invited to contribute as well and KYU is setting a goal of planting 6,000 trees for Arbor Day. Moving forward there will be an option on the menu to donate to Trees for the Future to make every day Arbor Day. KYU aims to be a good neighbor -- but the team acknowledges that the effort is ongoing and is always on the lookout for ways to improve their contributions and reduce their carbon footprint.
Earth Day at The Wynwood Yard
Soak in Earth Day inspiration at The Wynwood Yard with fun, hands-on, educational workshops and activities that connect you with our cosmos. Play with puppet bees and butterflies with Earth Angel Outreach. Learn how to make "scissor salsa" at a garden-to-table cooking demo with Slow Food Miami. Create art from recycled items and other mediums with local artist, Diana Martinez. Plant your seed in the garden with us. Live music, activations, and info booths with organizations like Debris Free Oceans, Adventure Links, and Project Seahorse, among others, will be free or low-cost for all to enjoy together. Shop earth friendly products from local producers and artisans. Kick off the day with free family yoga on the lawn, by Green Monkey. Keith Johns will perform live. All ages are welcome! Visit their facebook event page for more info and schedule.