Green Food news for Cincinnati                                                    

Veg News' has listed Cincinnati as one of its "5 Surprising Veg-Friendly Cities in an article by Samuel Hartman of Louisville.  One of those reasons was Park and Vine in downtown Cincinnati.  Their emphasis is on "veganism, sustainability and good food down pat," he noted.  He also recognized Loving Hut in Pleasant Ridge, Melt Electric Deli in Northside, Myra's Dionysus in Clifton Heights and Shanghai Mama's downtown.  Other cities mentioned in the 5 named are Anchorage, Alaska; Kansas City, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Base Camp Cafe - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Green Restaurant Association has designated the Base Camp Cafe at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens as the greenest restaurant in the country.  It is one of only 15 restaurants across the nation to receive the highest rating by the organization.  The restaurant opened this year after being remodeled and retrofit.  One quarter of its power comes from the Zoo's solar electricity array.  These improvements are expected to save the restaurant $10,000 per year.

Other programs within the restaurant that add to its designation include composting of food waste, full recycling program, energy saving kitchen equipment, and the amount of locally grown foods.  The Base Camp offers grass-fed burgers, made-to order salads, and a healthy kids' menu.