MONTREAL - The new-cuisine restaurant Lola Rosa offers half-portions to suit smaller appetites and reduce waste. The Asian dining spot ChuChai serves an entirely vegan menu. And the Beaver Club, a French eatery in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, has a vegetable garden and beehives on the hotel's roof.
They're among 19 "sustainable restaurants" highlighted by Tourism Montreal as part of its effort to make the city "a greener destination."
The city's official tourism bureau partnered with Viatao, a publisher of sustainable tourism guides, to develop the list of eateries. Criteria that were considered included waste and energy management, working conditions and the use of local producers.
Invitations to participate were sent to Tourism Montreal's 200 member restaurants. Thirty-one agreed to be audited, and 19 made the final cut.
Charles Lapointe, CEO of Tourism Montreal, said it makes sense to showcase the city's eco-friendly and socially responsible dining establishments.
"Sustainable gastronomy is a boon to the local economy and our environment and it satisfies a demand on the part of tourists," Lapointe said.
To see the full list, go to http://tinyurl.com/m4h9dgn.