Waste is Gold is an anti-food waste popup featuring gourmet dishes made from food waste ingredients.
Waste is Gold is an anti-food waste “popup” with restaurants in Los Angeles taking place November 19-21, featuring restaurants that have created dishes made out of food waste ingredients. Participating chefs are challenged to design a dish or repurpose an existing menu item and customers can order these items this weekend for takeout or outdoor dining. In the US alone, 40% of all food produced goes uneaten, making up 133 billion pounds in landfills and totaling $161 billion of food waste per year. In an effort to combat impending climate change, California state bill 1383 also sets a statewide target to reduce organic waste in landfills by 50 percent by 2020, and to recover at least 20 percent of edible food waste by 2025. It’s in this backdrop that Choco – a new app providing free order management technology to restaurants and food suppliers – has organized this campaign. The initiative is a mash up of food, sustainability and technology, topics the restaurant industry is grappling with to survive and thrive in the coming months.
Participating restaurants: Counterpart Vegan – Echo Park (1559 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA), Strings of Life – West Hollywood (609 N W Knoll Dr, West Hollywood, CA), Beelman’s – DTLA (600 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA)
Dishes: Farmers market ratatouille with squash, Skull island tiger prawn bisque, Tomato soup with various leftover vegetables