Throughout our winter fundraising series, Dine for Climate, good food, good company and a good mission came together to unite a whole new community of Twin Cities conscientious eaters behind the climate change-solving potential of local and sustainable food. Our partnership with Birchwood Café, French Meadow Bakery & Café, Spoonriver Restaurant and Lucia’s Restaurant highlighted farm-to-table food as a delicious and important way to support climate change solutions. We were grateful to have the opportunity to share that message with our long-term supporters as well as a new group of concerned citizens, and thank all of the restaurant owners for making the series possible!
While more than just a fundraising event, these evenings generated close to $6,000 to support our climate change education work, and engaged hundreds of people more deeply with our organization. In addition, they attracted extra-large Thursday night crowds to our perennially popular partner restaurants. Each event felt like a mix between a reunion of old friends and an exciting networking opportunity to meet new Twin Cities residents and share our work with them. The outpouring of support clearly demonstrated the positive public response to the climate-mitigating powers of sustainably-sourced food.
Locals lined up outside Birchwood on a chilly November evening, waiting for the doors to open at 5:00 so they could enjoy the famed savory waffle and dine for climate. Minneapolitans and St. Paulites filled both French Meadow locations a month later, with many dining for climate on the featured special of Will Steger Arctic Char. Loyal supporters braved blizzard conditions to savor Spoonriver’s dine for climate offerings, including local wine from Alexis Bailey Vineyards in early January. And at our last event in March, Lucia Watson returned to her recently sold restaurant to greet those dining for climate with another phenomenal weekly menu of seasonal specialties.
All in all, hundreds of patrons participated in this exceptionally delicious climate change solution, proving that the roots of a local and sustainable food supply are firmly in place in the Twin Cities. While too often people feel helpless to address climate change, and feel unconcerned about where their food is coming from, the community that connected around Dine for Climate provided participants with a powerful antidote to apathy. As Michael Pollan has said, “to eat with a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake might sound like a burden, but in practice few things in life can afford quite as much satisfaction.”
See our most recent event, Wine & Dine for Climate, held on August 29, 2015.
For additional information on the connection between food and climate change, download our Dine for Climate brochure.