Dupree Catering and Events is celebrating its fourth anniversary of being 2 Star certified by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants and caterers to become more environmentally sustainable. Receiving 148.22 GreenPoints™ on the GRA’s rigorous certification scale and having implemented 53 steps, Dupree Catering and Events has gone 48.22% above and beyond the minimum requirements necessary for Certification.
"We're thrilled that Dupree Catering and Events is the first caterer in Kentucky to become a 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant Caterer®," says Michael Oshman, CEO and Founder of the Green Restaurant Association. "Dupree Catering and Events is showing that caterers across the country can truly take steps to source more sustainable food, conserve energy and water, and reduce waste."
About Dupree Catering
Dupree Catering + Events was started 30 years ago by Harriet Dupree Bradley. Harriet is a Lexington native whose love for feeding people with gracious service came from her family’s Southern roots. After college, Harriet earned a Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School and returned to Lexington in 1985 to launch Dupree Catering.
Dupree Catering continued to grow and operate as an industry leader. In what seemed a natural progression to expand, Dupree Catering merged with Azur Catering in 2014, and now operates as Dupree Catering + Events.
Dupree Catering is now led by Tom Evans and Harriet Dupree Bradley. Tom Evans was recruited to lead Azur Catering after 30 years with his family’s Washington DC catering company, one of the most successful in that market. The combined skills of Tom and Harriet bring a level of service to Dupree Catering that truly makes every event tasteful and memorable.
In an effort to become eco-friendly, Dupree Catering and Events joined the Green Restaurant Association in 2010 and was certified in 2012. The two-year process, headed by Harriet Dupree Bradley, under the guidance of GRA has created dramatic changes in business practices resulting in 83% of the company’s waste going to recycling and composting, (Determined by a Live Green Lexington Audit).
“Becoming certified has helped us make many small, simple changes that add up to one big difference. Anyone can do this. We hope to be an example for other food service providers by sharing our story. Besides supporting Lexington’s 2020 mission to become a more sustainable city, we have reaped substantial savings in a number of areas including trash disposal costs, utilities and paper goods. Going green is good for business.” says Tom Evans, Owner and Manager of Dupree Catering + Events. “We were already doing many things that were ecologically sound such as buying much of our produce from local farmers and composting our food waste but we wanted to take it much further.”
Among the changes made, Dupree Catering and Events now offers attractive alternatives to standard plastic and paper disposable dinnerware. “We are now committed to using only bamboo and other compostable dinnerware products, in addition to real china and glassware. We are also offering more delicious vegetarian options since meat production is one of the biggest contributors to a large carbon footprint. There are vegetarians at nearly every event we cater and in accommodating their tastes, we have found meat eaters enjoying more and more vegetarian choices.”
Members in the Green Restaurant Association must continue their efforts each year to maintain their status.
About the Green Restaurant Association
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) is the only official certifier of Green Restaurants® in the country. The national non-profit organization was founded in 1990 to shift the restaurant industry toward ecological sustainability. For 22 years, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and currently works with over 850 restaurants and caterers throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a transparent and turnkey Certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to profit and become more environmentally sustainable. As the industry standard for Greening restaurants, the GRA has the world’s largest database of environmental solutions for the foodservice industry. In 2009, the New York State Restaurant Association announced its official endorsement of the GRA, joining EPA Energy Star for Small Business, and several other national environmental groups. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post. For more information visit www.dinegreen.com.