Awarded to one sustainable restaurant leading the pack in South Africa, the prestigious 2019 Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award forms part of the annual Eat Out Restaurant Awards. Enter now using the easily navigable form.
The criteria for the award, available at a glance, were compiled by our esteemed judging panel comprising Pavitray Pillay of WWF-SASSI, Sonia Mountford of Eategrity and Karen Welter of the Longtable Project. Last year The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal in Franschhoek was named the winner.
Amongst other things, the judges look at the sourcing of meat, seafood and fresh produce; the design of menus; the impact of the restaurant on its surrounding communities; treatment of staff; use of resources like water and electricity; and efforts to recycle.
In the past three years since its inception, the award has already had a knock-on effect, resulting in restaurant owners making more connections with their farmers, asking for proof of claims from suppliers, taking steps to improve their own methods and menus, and thus improving the education of their consumers. We hope to continue and encourage this trend to foster sustainable practices in South Africa.