Column: Dine Sustainably Twin Ports WeekI had a great conversation this week with a childhood friend about growing up in Duluth.
By: Cara Lindberg, For the Budgeteer News
I had a great conversation this week with a childhood friend about growing up in Duluth.
We shared all sorts of stories from our childhood, such as skiing at Spirit Mountain, taking bike rides (without helmets) to buy ice cream, and playing outside until the sun went down, with no real fear except making sure we were home when it got dark so our moms didn’t get mad.
We agreed that this was a great place to grow up.
Both of us had spent several years away from Duluth in the last decade, only to return because of the same reason, which we couldn’t really explain. We both felt “pulled” back here. Neither of us could describe exactly what it was that pulled us, however; we both felt that Lake Superior and our natural green spaces were a big reason.
After growing up here, leaving, and returning, I have to say that there is no place I would rather be, at this exact moment in time, than right here in Duluth. Big things are happening and I feel blessed to be a part of it!
Moving back and starting a career in Duluth led me to Sustainable Twin Ports (STP), a local nonprofit that facilitates sustainability training for businesses and organizations. STP provides many opportunities and platforms for education and networking.
What I love the most are the relationships built through growing the sustainable community in the Twin Ports. When we all work together, it seems that there is little we cannot accomplish.
An example of this inclusiveness is our first annual “Dine Sustainably Twin Ports Week,” which begins April 28 and runs through May 5. This inaugural weeklong celebration, presented by Sustainable Twin Ports, highlights restaurants in the Twin Ports that are making positive strides towards sustainability.
The participating restaurants were self-selected based on criteria such as a commitment to purchasing locally sourced products when possible; serving organic, grass-fed, free-range, and fair-trade-certified items; supporting local farmers; using scratch-cooking methods; practicing sustainable operations (recycling, composting, growing food); educating the community on sustainability, healthy food and food justice; eliminating foam and plastic takeout containers; and being leaders in the local food-systems and locavore movement.
Food has an amazing way to bring folks together and this event is created to do just that. This groundbreaking weeklong event is a fundraiser for Sustainable Twin Ports and a celebration of the positive progress these restaurants have made toward creating a more sustainable, healthy Twin Ports. The event is also meant to encourage others to make sustainable changes at home and at work.
Drumroll, please …
The Dine Sustainably Twin Ports 2013 participants are:
Duluth Grill – 118 S. 27th Ave. West
Tycoon’s Ale House – 132 E. Superior Street
At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Café – 1902 E. Eighth Street
Dubh Linn Irish Pub – 109 W. Superior Street
How Sweet It Is – 324 W. Superior Street
Sala Thai – 4023 Woodland Ave.
Please visit these six participating Duluth restaurants Sunday, April 28 through Sunday, May 5: Eat delicious food, congratulate and encourage them on their sustainable efforts, and support Sustainable Twin Ports.
If you would like more information on Dine Sustainably Twin Ports or Sustainable Twin Ports, please visit our website at www.sustainabletwinports.org or email email@example.com.
Cara Lindberg is the board president of Sustainable Twin Ports. She lives with her husband in the Duluth area. Cara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.