Sustainability, provenance and food miles: The importance of ethical catering for events
With the COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront of our minds, we as consumers have never been more focussed on health, hygiene, wellbeing, and our relationship with the planet and each other than we are today.
But the trend for healthy, high quality and ethically sourced foods was growing long before ‘Coronavirus’ entered the general vernacular. These days, consumers are better educated and far more aware of the health and environmental benefits of eating high-quality, sustainably sourced produce.
At Avala, we’ve always understood the importance of the quality, provenance and ethical production of the food that we eat. In fact, we’ve built our entire business around an ethos that promotes great food, produced with responsibly sourced ingredients.
Locally produced, ethically sourced, seasonal ingredients
Wherever possible, we focus on locally produced, seasonal ingredients sourced from suppliers who use traditional farming methods. Generally, this means a reduced carbon footprint and ingredients that haven’t been genetically manipulated or coated in pesticides.
Working with farmers who are PFLA (Pasture for Life Association) certified, is one way to ensure the quality of the meats that we buy. It also ensures a high standard of animal welfare in the farming practices. Meat from PFLA certified farms comes from animals that have lived on a completely natural diet, raised on pasture lands rich with grasses, wildflowers and herbs.
Our founder, Nigel Husaunndee, has been a driving force behind our ethical catering standpoint. Spend just a few minutes talking with Nigel and you’ll very quickly understand how passionate he, and we as a company, feel about ethics within the catering industry.
Nigel knows how important it is for us to build strong relationships with the suppliers that we work with. He has been conducting farm visits for a number of years now; Meeting local farmers, touring their farms and seeing first-hand the animals and the environments in which they’re reared.
Three ways we are committed to looking after the environment
Ethical catering practices extend beyond the provenance of our ingredients. We are continually striving to improve the ways that we operate as a business on a day to day basis.
- Plastics: We try to minimise usage of single use plastics, phasing out non-recyclable cling film, offering biodegradable cutlery, coffee and teacup options (for less formal events).
- Food waste: We try to minimise food waste and compost as much of our leftovers as possible.
- Seasonality: We also encourage our clients to think sustainably when planning their menus. Though we’ll never push, we promote the use of locally produced, seasonal goods. The more we can do to reduce our carbon footprint the better. Using locally sourced and seasonal produce means that we don’t have to buy goods shipped in from overseas or that have had to travel many food miles to make it onto our client’s plates.
Speak to us about your next event
Producing a luxury dining experience for our clients is what we are all about. But we also want to ensure that our clients are getting great value for money. To us, that means producing an event and dining experience that surpasses client expectations, while upholding our ethos and values.
If you are looking for an ethical catering company that will deliver a luxury event experience with delicious premium-quality dishes, prepared using responsibly sourced ingredients, why not talk to a member of our team today?
Talk to a member of our team to discuss how we can help make your next event an occasion to remember. We’ll be happy to discuss the options that we have available to make your event as sustainable as possible.
Why not make food ethics, sustainability – and great food – talking points at your next event? Speak to us on 01483 859180, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.