The Omnivore's Dilemma Strikes Again!

Have you seen that "Arbor Brewing Company is embarking on a menu makeover"?  The changes they are making are pretty amazing and it makes me want to go out and personally buy a copy of the Omnivore's Dilemma for every restaurant owner and food business in town.  Rene Gref writes on the Arbor Brewing/Corner blog:

"We recently read one of those life-altering books that immediately changes the way you see and interact with the world around you. It is called the Omnivore's Dilemma and it is an unflinching and utterly enlightening investigation into the American food system - how it works and how it has been altered by corporate interest, government policy, and the American way.

And it really compelled us to take the plunge and look long and hard at every single item and ingredient we use and research all of our options for getting things that are locally sourced, sustainably and humanely farmed in ways that support the environment, support the animals, support the workers, and support our local economy. 

We are committing ourselves to purchase meat, poultry, and dairy products only from farmers who provide a happy life and humane departure. When animals are raised humanely on diets nature intended them to eat; with plenty of room for exercise and fresh air; and not overcrowded into horrible feedlots up their hocks in their own waste, they actually don't need an arsenal of artificial hormones and antibiotics to keep them alive.

And we are committing ourselves to locally source as many items as possible. We have convinced ourselves over the years that a high-volume restaurant really needs to rely on mega-suppliers for the majority of its "groceries" to facilitate smooth ordering and inventory management but we're ready to put that assumption to the test."


I applaud what they are doing with this and sincerely hope that they are successful and able to influence others to do the same.  I'd love to know more about how things are going for them. When I was there this week I didn't see a menu but mightily enjoyed the tart grapefruit-iness of their lovely IPA.   Yay ABC!   I'm hoping to enjoy a local hamburger there in the very near future - so far Silvio's is the only place I know that serves that burger. 

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