The Right Partner is Key to a Sustainable Event
Recently, the Koncept Events team headed west to Santa Fe for a Bonanza Creek Ranch takeover. The 600-person corporate event was a total hit for the crowd (see video proof here) but what went on behind the scenes was just as great. As you may know, sustainability is a passion here at KE, and we are always looking for like-minded vendors. In Walter Burke, we found a kindred spirit. “I saw the waste that was happening in our industry and knew something had to be done” he told Courtney Lohmann, CMP and KE’s sustainability champion. “It may mean a few less dollars for me at the end of the year, but it’s the right thing to do.” And through the amazing partnership of Walter Burke Catering, the entire event became a sustainability success!
We were lucky enough to grab Walter for a few minutes and got inside the mind of the man helping us produce a more sustainable event. Below are Walter’s Top 5 Tips, which we saw implemented first hand during the night. They also make a great set of goals for your caterer on the road to responsible eventing! If you have a few minutes, click the video below to see the full interview between Courtney and Walter Burke!
TIP 1: Recycle as Much as You Can!
A great partnership with the city of Santa Fe let’s WBC recycle their plastic containers, cardboard, aluminum and glass. During the event itself, the bottled water and soda cans were collected so no bottle was left behind!
TIP 2: Choose Biodegradable Dinner Ware
Walter Burke uses Birchware for utensils and chooses plates made from pressed palm leaves. Not only are they compostable, but in the case of the plates and bowls, they are also reused forest products, harvested from the ground after the palms have fallen naturally.
TIP 3: Find a Great Food Donation Program
Walter Burke works with local shelters like the Interfaith Community Shelter and Kitchen Angels, both programs which provide food for those in need. After the event, 32 pounds of food were donated to another one of their partners, The Food Depot. Food rescue is also one of KE’s favorite pastimes and Courtney has offered up some quick tips here.
TIP 4: Use Those Food Scraps!
After food prep, take leftover stems from broccoli, vegetable pieces and fruit peels and find a local program that does composting. In WBC’s case, one of their servers turns their discarded items into garden soil while another takes scraps to reuse as part of a school lunch program.
TIP 5: Recycle Frying Oil
Re-purpose the frying oil and protein oil into biodiesel, which is a growing source of alternative fuel.