The race for the 2012 Nature’s Plate Award in New Jersey is heating up. The Nature Conservancy has asked foodies in New Jersey to vote for their favorite green restaurants for Nature’s Plate, a contest to name the people’s choice for the state’s top green restaurant. The nominations are in, and five finalists have been selected. Now it’s your turn to cast your vote<http://www.nature.org/
The 5 NJ finalists are:
1. A Toute Heure (Cranford NJ)
2. Eno Terra (Kingston NJ)
3. Elements (Princeton NJ)
4. The Brothers Moon (Hopewell NJ)
5. The Tortilla Press (Collingswood NJ)
Recent trends show a dramatic shift toward sourcing local foods and using more sustainable practices for farming, ranching and fishing. Nature’s Plate offers a way to highlight some of the restaurants that are leading and supporting this trend. Nature’s Plate is brought to you by The Nature Conservancy and sponsored by Open Table.
“Food is one of the most personal ways you connect with nature. Support your local restaurants that offer sustainably caught seafood and locally harvested fruits and vegetables,” said Barbara Brummer, New Jersey state director of The Nature Conservancy. “You can boost the local economy, enjoy a great meal and help the planet.”
While the contest is focused on restaurants, it’s only the start of a conversation about food, conservation and The Nature Conservancy’s work with farmers, fishermen and ranchers. To cast your vote, visit www.nature.org/naturesplate, click on your city and your favorite green restaurant. You can also learn more about what makes a restaurant green and some of their work in the region.
Voting runs through June 21 and the winner will be announced June 26.
Bite-sized actions make a big difference for you and the planet. Share your passion to help raise awareness of delicious food that’s good for you and good for the planet.