In celebration of Earth Month, Seattle Restaurant Week is partnering with Intentionalist to open $100 tabs so that you can enjoy $5 off your meal at five participating restaurants that demonstrate a variety of sustainable practices, helping diners do right by the planet while enjoying amazing food. Click here to access your unique code to use through April 16th or until the tab runs out.
Each restaurant practices sustainability in a variety of ways: offering vegan or vegetarian menus, sourcing locally and organically or sustainably raised meat, reducing waste, recycling, and composting food, offering compostable tableware, or reducing water and energy use.
With agriculture and forestry activities generating 24% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, everyday decisions about what we choose to eat–and where it comes from–make a big impact. A plant-rich diet that consists of decreased and sustainably grown meat consumption and purchasing locally produced food when available is one of the most impactful solutions an individual can make.
Learn more below about how these businesses are doing their part to preserve our irreplaceable home planet, and check out additional participating Seattle Restaurant Week restaurants adhering to Eat Local First principles.
Though these steps may feel small, their collective weight is mighty. The choices we make matter. If the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change teaches us anything, it’s that the next 10 years may very well determine the next 100.
ChuMinh Tofu & Vegan Deli
Thanh-Nga “Tanya” Nguyễn opened ChuMinh Tofu in the CID a decade ago. She makes 150 free community meals each Sunday, using ingredients from local farms and gardens. Since beginning her meal project three years ago, she has partnered with a network of mutual aid volunteers who have named themselves “The Eggrolls” to help distribute meals from ChuMinh Tofu while offering supplies and support to the community. International District. Lunch, Dinner $20.
HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Cafe
Monica Colgan opened HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Cafe in 2008 with the purpose of innovating a healthy, quick-service food concept. Monica creates sustainable, vegetarian menus that are approachable and engaging for everyone. Beyond her delicious offerings found in Queen Anne and West Seattle, Monica takes a wider approach to caring for our community. In addition to using local ingredients, compostable and recycled wares, and following rigorous composting practices, Monica is careful to hire employees who live within the neighborhoods surrounding her cafes while ensuring they have a balanced, supported work environment. This holistic approach to nourishment and care is proof that food can be as mind-blowingly delicious as it is ecologically conscious. Queen Anne, West Seattle. Lunch $20, Dinner $35.
Vinnie’s Wine Shop
Vinnie’s Wine Shop in Belltown is brought to you by the team behind Rob Roy, Navy Strength, and Trade Winds Tavern. Featuring natural wines and a fresh pescatarian menu, this small, intimate space is perfect for getting to know friends better. Vinnie’s is named after co-owner Anu Apte’s mom. Vinnie’s offers a wide selection of minimal-intervention wines by the glass and bottle. Natural wines start with organic grapes using no pesticides. While very much in fashion at the moment, those looking to invest in sustainability can celebrate the fact that natural wine doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Biodynamic and permaculture farming practices aim to raise land fruitful for bugs, plants, vines, and animals in full cycle. The natural winemaking process refrains from using additives, with no added ingredients, and is in fact a traditional approach to winemaking. Belltown. Dinner $50.
Inherently vegan, Askatu Bakery creates artisanal breads and pastries free from the top 9+ food allergens in a dedicated kitchen. Owner/Chef Estela Martinez began creating her allergen-free recipes out of necessity more than 20 years ago and has now launched Askatu into a thriving, if small, a cornerstone of intentional baking. Estela uses mainly earth-friendly ancient grain as the base for all of their baked goods including several varieties of sorghum and millet. These grains are drought tolerant and require much less water and chemicals to grow, making for delicious earth and allergy-friendly treats. In addition to sourcing, Askatu Bakery is also EnviroStars-certified, a City of Seattle program that recognizes green businesses and provides free sustainability tools and resources, and is featured in this video. Belltown. Lunch, Dinner $20.
Feed Co. Burgers
Using only locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, Chef Francis Fernandez offers an exciting array of burgers, sandwiches, and shakes to those looking to take a sustainable approach to their indulgence. Lan Bun bought Feed Co. Burgers from Heather and Scott Staples in the summer of 2019 and has since opened a second location both of which feature natural, hormone and antibiotic-free grass-fed Painted Hills beef. Feed Co is a testament to the idea that while plant-based diets are great for the environment, there are still plenty of ways to be earth-conscious and intentional as a carnivore. Central District, Greenlake. Lunch, Dinner $20.