National Restaurant Show Location Looking to “Go Green”

Press Release – Rancho Cordova, CA – February 18, 2009 – McCormick Place, located in Chicago and home to the National Restaurant Association Show, is looking to move in more of a “Green” direction. The U.S. Green Build Council, the organization that set standards for environmentally friendly buildings, has recently given the LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to the McCormick Place West Building. Their additional efforts include purchasing new receptacles to separate their garbage and their recyclables.

During the 2009 National Restaurant Association Show, which will be held May 16-19, about 65 educational sessions will be offered. These sessions will cover many different topics and are given by industry experts.  The educational sessions which seem to have the most hype around them will discuss the “green movement” and what the industry can do to become more environmentally friendly. The sessions include topics such as: Join the Green Restaurant Revolution; The Future Is Now:  Elegant, Sustainable, Cost-Effective Energy Solutions; Building Green; and The ABC’s of Food Waste Management.

Many eco-friendly companies will also be attending the show to display their products. One such company is PrimeWare. They sell biodegradable tableware such as plates, bowls, platters, and hinged lid containers.  Their tableware products are produced from bagasse (a byproduct of sugarcane) which is a sustainable resource. They also carry a line of cup carriers which are made from recycled materials. PrimeWare will be located in booth 1139E, next to the Organic and Natural Pavilion.