Sodexo Inc (PINK:SDXAY), with North American headquarters in Gaithersburg has partnered with the National Aquarium to open a new dining experience at the renowned aquatic center in Baltimore.
Sodexo will operate the Harbor Market Kitchen, the result of a newly renovated space at the Aquarium's primary eating room where over 1.4 Million visitors a year have patronized the café since its opening in 2005.
Harbor Market Kitchen embraces green-sustainable principles not only in the build out of the space but also the in its menu.
The menu is actually made up of food options from local farms with offering like organic fruits and vegetables that do not use harsh chemical pesticides.
Arnold Farms in Chestertown, MD was selected as one of the local suppliers to support Sodexo's sustainable menu. The family-owned company is going to provide organic fruits and vegetables at the Kitchen's salad station including cauliflower, corn, cantaloupes and tomatoes.
Toigo Orchards based in Shippensburg, PA is providing meat options like beefsteak made from cows that are grass-fed and hormone free. The farm will also supply Heirloom tomatoes, apricots, plums, raspberries and peas.
Visitors can chose from popular items like The Chesapeake Farm Salad or Blue Crab Chowder that's made from a sustainable harvest.
The Harbor Kitchen Market overhaul now has composting stations where organic trash can be thrown and turned into soil. Even the plates, bowls, spoons, forks and knives are biodegradable items, ranging from materials made from sustainably harvested bamboo to potatoes.
"When it came time to bring a new dining experience to Aquarium visitors, we took the opportunity not only to renovate the space, but also use our café as another avenue to help our visitors make thoughtful choices about the planet in their daily lives," stated the National Aquarium's Senior Director of Visitor Experiences Bill Minarik. "The concept complements the sustainable business choices we make throughout Aquarium operations, and helps visitors do the same in their daily lives."
Sodexo, Inc is a Quality of Daily Life Solutions company and a major provider of food services, the company's North American arm had $8 Billion in revenue, 120,000 employees and served over 10 Million customers a day as of August 31, 2010.