Berlin Bistro, a favorite casual dining destination in Long Beach’s eclectic East Village neighborhood is partnering with the Art Theatre and DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week, in bringing attention to the very important issue of edible food waste and to raise vitally needed funds for local non-profit Food Finders food rescue organization. The benefit on March 6th is a special screening of the highly-praised documentary, “Just Eat It. A Food Waste Story” followed by a specialty multi-course “Root -to-Stem” lunch created by Berlin Bistro’s chef, Tim Balen.
It’s a sad fact that 40 per cent of fresh food produced in America ends up in a landfill. This is perfectly good, edible food.
Chef Tim and the Producer of DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week, Terri Henry, join us with the 411.
The program on Sunday, March 6th is a benefit for the non-profit Food Finders food rescue organization.
“Just Eat It. A Food Waste Story” is a lively, funny and thought-provoking, 97-minute film produced in 2014 by filmmakers and food lovers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin. The pair dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail and restaurants, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food for six months. What they find is truly shocking.
Following the film at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, March 6th, Berlin Bistro Executive Chef Tim Balen will present a unique multi-course “Root-to-Stem” lunch made primarily from fresh vegetable and fruit scraps, along with other perfectly edible food products that are typically discarded as unusable.
The menu includes:
Beet Skin Pickled Egg Salad
Brown Beech Mushroom Stock – Spring Vegetable Soup
Carrot Top Salsa Verde
All lunch guests will take home a mason jar of Berlin’s housemade Blood Orange Infused Vinegar.