Our Love for the Environment
We aspire to be environmentally conscious and make choices that reflect an environmental ethic and social conscience in our business practices.
We believe that good business practices and environmental stewardship go hand in hand, and we aspire to be environmentally conscious and use sustainable business principles in all aspects of our business operations.
Being green is about values, attitude, choices and changing your way of thinking. It requires developing an attitude toward sustainability and practices that can be incorporated into our everyday lives. A Taste of Excellence Catering is a company based on values that reflect an environmental ethic and social conscience.
Becoming ecologically and economically sustainable are both vital for a business’ success. We believe that businesses that are able to work with the environment, rather than simply consume its resources, will not only rise to the top of their market but will help secure their futures and the futures of succeeding generations.
Becoming green is not about being perfect on day one. Our commitment to the environment is ongoing and will take constant improvement. Sustainability and environmental protection has been paramount to our philosophy since our inception. We periodically review our practices and make continuous improvements to ensure we are environmentally and economically sustainable based on the latest innovations and best practices within the industry.
A Taste of Excellence Catering performs annual energy audits on all kitchen equipment, and we utilize high-quality, biodegradable packaging made from renewable resources. Our eco-friendly systems enable us to convert our waste into renewable resources such as bio-fuel and compost for local use. We are always working on our waste management practices in order to reduce our carbon footprint and procure local, seasonal resources when economically viable.
We make it a priority to purchase from vendors that use fair trade practices and that maintain equitable and safe environments for farm and factory workers, whether local, national or worldwide.
A Taste of Excellence Catering believes that locally grown food has many advantages. Foods that are grown and processed close to where they will be consumed can be fresher, healthier and more flavorful. Purchasing locally grown items supports local businesses and farmers and also reduces transportation costs, environmental impact and the use of preservatives.
In light of these benefits of locally grown foods, A Taste of Excellence Catering will make reasonable efforts to identify and make purchases of affordably priced local food products that reflect our commitment to environmental responsibility.
In seeking local food, A Taste of Excellence Catering will use a three-tiered definition of local, placing the highest priority on food that comes from Cuyahoga County and the surrounding counties–Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties–followed by prioritizing food from the state of Ohio and then food from the Midwest region of the United States.
Our menus are designed on a seasonal basis in order to best utilize local, organic, humanely and sustainably raised ingredients. We offer handmade, artisanal products made by local trades, and, where possible, we will offer a local “farmers market” where our customers can find a variety of farm-fresh local products to purchase, which not only benefits the customer but also promotes local farmers and businesses.