Nature’s plate award given to Boston area restaurant

November 21, 2013 by  

The first official winner in Greater Boston of the Nature’s Plate award is Chef Pankaj Pradham and his vegetarian restaurant, Red Lentil in Watertown, just outside of Cambridge.

The Nature Conservancy, which sponsors the award, along with Chef Pradham, is no doubt using poster printing and other printing services to make those in the Greater Boston area aware of this distinction.

Nature’s Plate is a people’s choice award held on an annual basis for green restaurants. The Nature Conservancy sponsors the award as a means to raise awareness of the inter-relationship between the environment and the foods that are eaten. There were over 50 restaurants in Boston nominated by diners for their environmental ethics. Voting was closed in October, and results were tight in Boston. In the end, however, Red Lentil received 196 of the 531 votes cast.

The Red Lentil serves vegan and vegetarian cuisine, does not use any plastic materials, and focuses on organic and local ingredients. The restaurant’s ethics focus on sustainability and the environment, as evidenced in its walls in a lime color, according to some of its fans.

Chef Pradham adds that sustainability has always been a part of his mentality, even going back to his childhood growing up on a farm in India. It was drives him and his team in the restaurant.

Other restaurants nominated for award were from New Jersey, Ohio, Washington, D.C., New York City and the Finger Lakes region of New York, North Carolina, Idaho, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.