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Rooftop Gardening, Beekeeping, Composting for the Bar at Charlie Parker's in Sydney

Charlie Parker's is a cocktail bar downstairs from restaurant Fred's in Sydney, Australia. Above both of them is a rooftop garden where they have a 20,000-resident beehive, lots of edible produce, and composting. Our compost bins take care of 90% of all bar waste and our top to tail plastic free approach has seen major success from exclusively using grain straws (or no straws), to all drink prep being stored in food safe mason jars that double as epic sous vide vessels. Our garnishes are made out of the by products from our preps and, our citrus soda is the... Read more →


Low- and No-Citrus Innovations from Stillife in Montreal

The bar Stilllife in Montreal uses no fresh citrus juice on their menu. The citrus products they do use are waste created by their other bar, The Cloakroom. Bar owner Andrew Whibley emailed with some information and recipes from the bar. He made sure to credit the other members of his team for these recipes as well: Andrew Whibley- Owner Stillife/Cloakroom Bar Jonas Kempeners - Manager Cloakroom Jay Lawson- Prep manager Stillife Anna Levy- Prep manager Cloakroom Quick Links Citrus Oil Sprays instead of using fresh peels Fermented leftover citrus juice and a drink recipe that uses it Acid-adjusted fruit... Read more →


Sustainably Stories in the News

Here's a round-up of some recent cocktails/wine sustainability stories in the news. For Wine Enthusiast, Lauren Mowery wrote, "Low-Waste Bars and Restaurants Are Building a New Paradigm." Some interesting quotes from the story: During the planning phase, Marcus consulted with FoodPrint, experts in waste hauling, to find a vendor who recycles and composts properly. Rich and Chambers asked a vendor to switch from plastic tape to paper, a change the vendor made for all its accounts. Others who wouldn’t conform to Rhodora’s packaging guidelines were dropped. A baker that delivered in plastic was replaced by one that biked bread to... Read more →


Lacto-Fermentation Tips from Jennifer Colliau

Some bartenders are using lacto-fermentation as a way to create ingredients for the bar, use up leftover produce, reduce purchasing (by reusing containers instead of buying new products), and even fermenting leftover citrus and garnishes. Jennifer Colliau is the creator/owner of Small Hand Foods syrups, former owner of Here's How, and a bar sustainability consultant who worked on The Perennial and The Interval at Long Now. She has shared her base recipe and tips on lacto-fermentation below. For lacto-fermentation, you want a 5% brine. Dissolve 50g of salt into 950g water. Put your veg and aromatics into a jar, Cambro,... Read more →


Many Citrus Reuse and Alternatives from Boston’s Seth Freidus

Boston’s Seth Freidus formerly headed up the bar programs at Alden & Harlow and Waypoint. Later in 2020, he’s planning on opening his own bar in Boston called Good Company. The below is edited from emails from Freidus. Working With the Kitchen When we write menus, for kitchen/ food and bar/cocktails, kitchen managers, bar managers and myself sit down and collaborate for cohesive menus that cross-utilize as many ingredients as possible without having stale, boring, redundant menus. We write menus based on the season, and what will be readily available for high quality produce. From there we collaborate on using... Read more →