Sauce Magazine – St. Louis Green Dining Week and other Earth Day festivities kick off this weekend

St. Louis Green Dining Week and other Earth Day celebrations begin this weekend

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For the second time, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the St. Louis Earth Day Festival being canceled by Earthday365. Instead, there will be a number of socially distant Earth Day celebrations and events, including Green Dining Week, an online resilience speaker series, free Earth Day celebration kits, and volunteer opportunities like community cleanup.

The Green Dining Week takes place from April 16 to 25, when 15 of the 115 or so restaurants of the Green Dining Alliance (GDA) donate 20% of the proceeds from selected menu items to Earthday365 and its programs such as the GDA. To become part of the GDA, restaurants must demonstrate sustainability efforts such as recycling and cutting strofoam.

Participating restaurants include Clementines Naughty & Nice Creamery, with a portion of sales donated to pints of the vegan vanilla ice cream. The Avenue in Clayton has a variety of options including a vegetarian quiche, assorted soups, avocado toast with mixed greens, grilled cheese, and parmesan risotto with spinach and marinara. The Dam, 1111 Mississippi, PW Pizza, Vin de Set, and more are also involved. A list of the participating restaurants can be found on the GDA website.

vegan vanilla pods from Clementines Dairy // Photo courtesy of Clementines Dairy

Other festivities include the online resilience speaker series, which includes keynote speakers, screenings, and food justice panels. On Tuesday, April 20 at 6 p.m., The Invisible Hand will be shown in association with the Missouri Historical Society’s Global Freshwater Summit. On Thursday, April 22nd, at 9 a.m., there will be a panel on the resilience of water catchment areas. And on Friday, April 23rd, at 3 p.m., the series will end with a keynote address by the architect Mary Ann Lazarus.

Community cleanups will take place in O’Fallon Park on April 18th and in Dutchtown on April 24th. For more information on how to get involved, please visit earthday365’s website.

Free Earth Day celebration kits are available and include a selection of gifts and activities, including scavenger hunts, a metal travel straw, LED lights, packets of seeds, and more. Kits also include ways to engage in community science in the St. Louis community and at home. To receive your free bag, sign up here.

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