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Bresca Becomes First DC Restaurant to Join Zero Food Print Initiative

Bresca has become the only Washington DC restaurant to join restaurants around the world to help fight climate change by going carbon neutral. The restaurant has joined ZeroFoodprint, the nonprofit organization aimed at helping restaurants and diners reduce their climate impact to offset their emissions from the day.
“I am very excited to be part of this initiative and to bring our city into the movement,” says Ryan Ratino, Chef and Owner of Bresca. “I truly believe that the restaurant community can be a great advocate to reducing the climate impact of many of the products, equipment, and methods we use daily. I am thrilled to work with my team in significantly lowering our carbon food print, reducing our food waste, and hopefully ignite conversations with industry colleagues that encourages them to take actions that can reduce our carbon impact.”

An average restaurant meal—including everything from growing the food, to bottling beverages, to cooking the food, to operating the restaurant—generates between 10 and 15 kg of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of burning 1 gallon of gas. Globally, the food system accounts for about 30 percent of the world’s carbon
emissions.

“More than half of our food dollars are spent outside the home,” explains ZeroFoodprint Co-Founder, chef Anthony Myint (The Perennial, Mission Chinese Food). “As an $800-billion sector of the American economy, restaurants have the opportunity to ensure that those dollars are supporting the restaurants, farmers, ranchers, and communities around the globe who are taking responsibility for the future of food.

Moving forward, diners at Bresca will be able to enjoy carbon-neutral meals and help support ZeroFoodprint’s ongoing efforts. Chef Ratino and the team will work together to interlace sustainability into the daily practices of restaurant operations such as recycling, composting and sourcing products from purveyors who prioritize sustainable practices.
“Our team is ready to improvise on the spot and curate our menus to match the availability of ingredients. We are embarking on an adventure where our guests will be able to engage through our food while we highlight exceptional ingredients and raise awareness on the importance of earth-friendly practices in our industry.”

Located at 1906 14th St, NW, Bresca is open for dinner Tuesday – Thursday and Sundays from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Friday to Saturday from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The restaurant celebrates the bounties of nature, creative flavor fusions and deepened dining experiences. Reservations for Bresca can be made at  www.brescadc.com.



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