New pay-what-you-can restaurant opens in Fort Worth, Texas

March 21, 2018 by  
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A Texas couple have opened a new restaurant that offers a pay-what-you-can model. Taste Community Restaurant targets middle class people struggling to get by who still deserve excellent food at a price they can afford. “Specifically,” Taste Community chef and co-founder Julie Williams told Dallas Morning News , “the missing middle 90 percent of the hungry who are not homeless and don’t qualify for government assistance. They might be choosing between food and medical bills or medication, be a single parent trying to make ends meet, be between jobs.” To serve this community, Julie and her husband Jeff founded the Taste Project , the 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports the restaurant. Guests at the Taste Community Restaurant are greeted with a warmly lit space, a friendly staff, 80 percent of whom are volunteers, and a menu that has no prices listed. Guests are not given a check at the conclusion of the meal and are instead encouraged to donate what they can to support the restaurant ‘s mission. Julie and Jeff Williams were inspired and informed in their work by  One World Everybody Eats , which helped pioneer the community cafe model in the United States .  While it is still early in the restaurant’s history, the staff are encouraged. “We measure success in number of patrons who come through the door, percentage of folks in need, number of volunteer hours served, and program revenue,” explained Julie Williams. “We need to increase the number of folks who can pay what they typically pay or a little more in order to reach those in need.” Related: The free grocery store fighting food waste and hunger Taste is particularly appreciated for its shrimp and cheese grits, rib-eye steak chili and butternut squash risotto. There are exciting options for vegetarians and vegans as well. A celery root-green apple vegan soup is popular, as is a farro dish with cauliflower, snow peas and broccolini, all covered with a poached egg and lemon vinaigrette. The menu is seasonal, with winter’s pimento cheese bruschetta giving way to spring’s sweet pea bruschetta. Taste Community Restaurant is currently serving lunch from Tuesday through Sunday. Via Dallas Morning News Images via Taste Project

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Stricter climate regulations could save 150 million lives worldwide

March 21, 2018 by  
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Researchers have calculated that stronger climate regulations across the globe could help prevent up to 150 million premature deaths. Much of the public health benefits of strictly regulating greenhouse gases would be concentrated in South Asia, with nearly 13 million lives spared in large Indian cities alone if air pollution is curtailed. Cairo, Egypt and Lagos, Nigeria would also experience more than 2 million fewer deaths under strong international greenhouse gas regulation. While the Clean Air Act has improved public health outcomes in the United States, hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved in the cities of Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta , Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Washington if stricter greenhouse gas regulations were implemented. “Americans don’t really grasp how pollution impacts their lives,” study lead author Drew Shindell told the Washington Post . “You say, ‘My uncle went to the hospital and died of a heart attack.’ You don’t say the heart attack was caused by air pollution, so we don’t know. It’s still a big killer here. It’s much bigger than from people who die from plane crashes or war or terrorism, but we don’t see the link so clearly.” Related: Despite Trump’s rhetoric, US officials are still working to stop climate change To determine the public health benefits of stricter greenhouse gas regulations, the research team created computer simulations of future emissions and pollutants. According to a statement , they then “calculated the human health impacts of pollution exposure under each scenario all over the world — but focusing on results in major cities — using well-established epidemiological models based on decades of public health data on air-pollution related deaths.” However promising the benefits of strong climate change regulations may be, time is running out, says Shindell. “There’s got to be a significant amount of progress within the 2020s or it’s too late.” Via the Washington Post Images via Depositphotos   (1)

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IKEA is opening a free DIY restaurant where you can learn Swedish cooking skills

September 5, 2016 by  
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Looking to improve on your Swedish meatball recipe? IKEA is already the seventh largest restaurant chain in the world, and they’re hoping to ramp up their culinary cred by opening up a DIY Kitchen in Shoreditch, east London. Starting September 10th, the Ikea Dining Club will let aspiring chefs cook a meal for up to 19 of their closest friends under the supervision of a head chef. Best of all, the dining experience will be free of charge for all guests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DFmkFz3MT0 The massive furniture store has already branched out into on-site food-production for restaurants , and now the company is courting foodies who’d like to test out their cooking skills in a professional kitchen and dining room. Participating DIY chefs can name their restaurant and choose their own menu, including, of course, traditional Scandinavian dishes. Related: IKEA’s Space10 is working on on-site hydroponic farms for restaurants Ellie Pniok, commercial manager for Ikea Food, explains the power of food is behind the dining club’s creation, “We bond and connect over the everyday process of cooking meals together so to celebrate this firmly held belief, we are opening The Dining Club to bring people together to enjoy a meal from beginning to end. This will take place in an environment that reflects a homely kitchen, so you can host a dinner party for all of your friends.” In addition to the cooking and dining experience, the Dining Club will also host a series of culinary workshops. The club will be open from Sept. 10 until Sept. 25, with only 38 sessions available. Reservations can be made online . + IKEA Dining Club Via Mashable Images via IKEA

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Breezy Vietnamese restaurant shows off the beauty and strength of bamboo

August 24, 2016 by  
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Completed in 2016, the Kim Boi Bamboo Restaurant was built on the bones of a twelve-sided concrete structure that was abandoned and left unfinished for many years due to the economic crisis. The architects worked with the existing concrete columns and beams to build a bamboo bearing structure and connected it to the foundation and existing beams with metal pipes and iron pins. The architects selected a type of solid bamboo, known as t?m vông (iron bamboo), to build the frame and covered the roof with lightweight leaves. The finished 15-meter-tall roof takes the form of a conical hat traditionally worn by Vietnamese women and is punctuated by a skylight in the center that brings in natural light. The restaurant is kept open on all sides to bring in cooling winds and allow for landscape views. Related: Beautiful bamboo playhouse in Kuala Lumpur raises the material’s sustainable profile “The project is the highlight in the ecotourism resort offering charming natural landscape in northern Vietnam,” write the architects. “The investor attaches special importance to preservation of environmental landscape, natural ecology of the region and wishes to build a resort which is typical of Vietnamese villages.” + Tran Ba Tiep Via ArchDaily Images by Hoang Le Photography

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Indian restaurant’s sidewalk refrigerator provides free food for the needy

April 6, 2016 by  
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Restaurant owner Minu Pauline noticed a woman digging through the trash for food one night, and realized her eatery could cut down on food waste and make a difference for hungry people in her community. She set up a refrigerator on the sidewalk in front of her restaurant where patrons can stow their leftovers for anyone who needs a meal, and the response has been moving. Read the rest of Indian restaurant’s sidewalk refrigerator provides free food for the needy

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Small town restauranteurs transform former church into a stunning cafe

January 20, 2016 by  
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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

December 30, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canada , Canadian cuisine , eco design , foraged cuisine , foraged food , foraged ingredients , foraging , foraging menu , green design , Locally-sourced , Manitoba , Manitoba Restaurant , Montreal , Montreal restaurant , quebec , Quebec cuisine , Quebec food , Quebec restaurant , Quebecois , Recycled Materials , Restaurant , reused items , seasonal cuisine , seasonal dining , seasonal food , sustainable design , urban foraging , wild ingredients

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Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

September 11, 2014 by  
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New Vertical Garden Showcases Super Tasty Foods Served at Barcelona’s Organics Restaurant

September 5, 2014 by  
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Urbanarbolismo and Unusualgreen just unveiled one of their latest vertical gardens, this time at the entrance to the Organics Restaurant in Barcelona. Low maintenance design and operation plus hardy plants makes for a delicious looking installation. The lush vertical garden is the perfect complement to the restaurant’s menu, which features slow food dished up fast! Read the rest of New Vertical Garden Showcases Super Tasty Foods Served at Barcelona’s Organics Restaurant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “living wall” , “sustainable architecture” , Barcelona , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , living design , organic restaurant , organics restaurant , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , unusualgreen , urbanarbolismo , vertical garden

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China’s Largest Robot Restaurant is Crawling with WALL-E-Style Waiters

August 12, 2014 by  
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