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South Africa's Eat Out Restaurant Guide is calling out for restaurants across the country to enter this year's Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Awards in a bid to recognise the establishment that offers its customers the most seasonal, local and responsibly produced food.
While the definitive restaurant guide is most well known for championing SA's best food, this will be the third year the magazine has endorsed the importance of sustainability of restaurants alongside quality food.
“We launched the award to acknowledge the one restaurant leading the pack in South Africa,” says Eat Out Editor, Linda Scarborough. “We’re looking for an awareness of not just the environment and higher animal welfare standards in farming, but of human health and social justice, too.”
Scores will be allocated for various criteria including the sourcing of meat, seafood and fresh produce; the design of menus; the impact of the restaurant on its surrounding communities; treatment of staff; use of resources like water and electricity; and efforts to recycle, amongst other measures.
Last year’s winner was Camphors at Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West which impressed the judges with its dedication to the sustainable journey with the majority of ingredients on the menu being found in the restaurant's grounds. The inaugural winner was The Table at De Meye in Stellenbosch, a country-style restaurant that was praised by the judges for its abundant garden, ethically sourced meat, and support of local small producers.
HOW TO ENTER:
Restaurants must complete the online form in order to participate. The closing date for entries is 31 August 2018.
The winner will be announced at the annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, which will be held in November.