Local small business shortlisted for national sustainability award.

29th February 2016

The Café in the Park, based in the Aquadrome in Rickmansworth, has been shortlisted as one of five finalists in the People’s Favourite category of the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s Food Made Good Awards.

The finalists were selected from six hundred nominations, for to the positive impact they make on the community, the environment and people’s stomachs. The awards, supported by top chefs such as Raymond Blanc, are amongst the highest accolades in the sustainable restaurant community.

The Café in the Park has championed sustainability since it opened the doors to its first hut in 2005 – and commits to the three areas highlighted by the SRA’s Making Food Good campaign – environment, sourcing and society. The family run business buys only free range meat and strives to source products and produce from local suppliers. Its trademark street salad is made with British grown quinoa – delicious, healthy and home-grown. And the goodness isn’t confined to what’s served on the plates. The restaurant is heated by an air source heat pump, furnished with upcycled pieces and offers volunteers with learning difficulties valuable opportunities to work.

“We look at every element of our business and think about how we can do it with the most positive impact - from the way we treat our staff to the way we buy our paint. It’s about considering the world around you in every decision you make.” states Carly Trisk Grove, co-founder and ‘ideas person’.

Competition for the shortlist was fierce. Lisa Markwell, Editor of Independent on Sunday and one of the judges, said “It was difficult to narrow down the list, as there were some fascinating stories of inspiring community spirit and fantastic initiatives about cutting waste and sourcing produce in clever, sustainable ways”.

The Café in the Park owners, staff and customers now hope that the business will win the top award as a recognition for the café’s continued contribution to community life – and top quality, guilt free dining.

To watch the short video of the café’s inspiring story, visit www.thecafeinthepark.com – and to help the Café in the Park become the Food Made Good award’s People’s Favourite, cast your vote before Sunday 13th March on http://www.foodmadegood.org/peoplesfave16/ or tweet #SRAfavevote

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