Taranta Blog

Sustainable Seafood, Local Fisherman, Traceability and QR

Exactly year ago I planned a presentation for the New England Food Service Show and the Boston Seafood Show, I was playing around with QR Codes to the point of making them edible, using branding irons to stamp them in a flour tortilla, printing chocolates and developing a silk screen with the use of  Squid ink to place a QR code , the first attempt was a success, I was able to pinpoint a specific URL with the recipe of a Lobster Causa, the first dish was the Causa QR, a fantasy of connecting a diner with the source of what they were actually eating.…

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Cooltrol Installed on Walk In Cooler and Freezer

About 3 months ago we were offered a rebate program from NSTAR through National Resources Management, the rebate was for about 70% of the cost of the project and an offer to finance the 30% at no interest.…

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Morgan Linen Service – Importance of using a “LaundryESP” certified service

For a while we have been using Morgan Linen Service as our laundry service for the restaurant. Our decision to change companies is part of the process of greening our restaurant also from the upstream side.…

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Naturizzata Sparkling Water by Sidea

We have changed our Natura machine for a Naturizzata Italian water filtration system by Sidea, we had some issues with Natura and we were approached by Atlas Water System that is representing the Naturizzata machines, producing the best alternative to bottled water.…

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Installed 3 Ecobee Wifi Internet Controllable Thermostats

The new Ecobee thermostat allow us to remote control temperature in our restaurant, avoiding waste of energy during times that we do not need AC/Heat.…

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Gourmet Adventure Peru 2009, with an Eco-Friendly aspect

March 21 to March 28, Chef Jose Duarte will be joining a group of travelers heading to Peru. The trip is organized by Gourmet Consulting Group and it will be the first exclusive high end Gourmet Adventure with an Eco-Friendly set.…

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Compost and Recycling, Quantification of changes

Amount of glass, metal and plastic recycled from Sept 07 to March 21 08= 22,300 lbs. Amount of Cardboard recycled from Sept 07 to March 08= 3,710 lbs Amount of Food Waste (Compost) from Nov 2007 to March 21 08= 12,400 lbs Amount of Non Recyclable, non compost material “Garbage” from Sep 07 to March 21 08= 390 lbs Before implementing our composting and recycling all was going to a landfill, now we have reduced our garbage production to 1.01% and we are hoping to continue reduction by using biodegradable PLA cling wrap as soon as it comes to the market, right now we are using normal plastic wrap and it is what is filling most of our garbage as it is very difficult to recycle.…

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PLA Biodegradable Straws

Got our new biodegradable pla drinking straws made of corn. This solves the problem of sorting plastic to throw away with compost.…

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60-80% Recycled Post consumer paper goods

We start using Marcal Sunrise Bathroom tissue, made of 100% recycled paper, 60 to 80% post consumer. Marcal Paper Towels and 100% post consumer printing paper for our office print-outs, our menus are printed on 40% post consumer, all papers are chlorine free, mercury free, or bleach.…

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2008 “Taranta Green” Goals

1.- Installation of a solar panel to charge votive candles. 2.- Retrofit all toilets, urinals and plumbing fixtures 3.- Use 100% post-consumer paper in all office supplies, menus etc 4.- Ask vendors to email statements instead of mail statements.…

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