Local restaurants such as Puckett’s, Frothy Monkey and Local Taco are among those participating in The Land Trust for Tennessee’s annual fundraiser Eat Green for Tennessee on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
On that day Nashville, Chattanooga and surrounding area restaurants will raise awareness and donate a percentage of the day’s sales to The Land Trust for Tennessee in support of its work protecting local farms and Tennessee’s natural landscapes. This year, Eat Green for Tennessee is expanding outside of Nashville and Chattanooga into new markets including Sewanee and Memphis.
“We are the only statewide organization actively focused on conserving farmland and our restaurant partners understand the importance of that on a local and global scale,” Land Trust President and CEO Liz Edsall McLaurin said in a press release announcing the event and partners.
Having protected more than 100,000 acres of green space in Tennessee including public parks, view-sheds on The Natchez Trace Parkway and more than 90 private family farms, The Land Trust for Tennessee supports tourism, recreation, cultural heritage and local food production through permanent land conservation. Nearly 40,000 of these protected acres are in the Southeast and South Cumberland Region surrounding Chattanooga including Fiery Gizzard, portions of Lost Cove, parts of The Mountain Goat Trail and Blythe Ferry on the Hiawassee Refuge among other natural areas. To date, The Land Trust has completed 329 projects in 61 counties and is currently working on 50 projects in 25 counties. The organization aims to protect the state’s rich history of agriculture that contributes $20 billion to the state economy and supports 200,000 jobs per year.
“Local farms, like The Hermitage Hotel garden at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm, are the pinnacle of Nashville’s fresh and sustainable food movement,” says Executive Chef Cory Untch from The Hermitage Hotel’s Capitol Grille restaurant. “This movement not only allows us to deliver healthy and organic food to our guests, but to also benefit our community’s economy through sustainable growing practices. We are proud of our eight-year partnership with The Land Trust, working together to support the tradition of local agriculture in our great state.”
As an added bonus, Uber is offering diners 15 percent off their Uber rides to and from participating restaurants on September 14, with the code EATGREENTN.
To view participating restaurants and learn more about the fundraiser please visit www.eatgreenfortn.com. Restaurants are being added daily. To learn more about The Land Trust for Tennessee please visit the website and stay in touch with the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the hashtag #EatGreen4TN.