Applications Opens for Second Annual Good Food 100 Restaurants™ List

Revolutionary Rating System Measures Impact of Chefs and Restaurants on Economy and Good Food Systems.  Deadline May 1, 2018.

Attention chefs and restaurants! The Good Food Media Network has opened the application period for the second annual Good Food 100 Restaurants™ list, a badge of trust that educates eaters and recognizes chefs and restaurants that are transparent with their purchasing and sustainable business practices.

Founded by food industry veteran Sara Brito, the strategic rating system is moving the restaurant industry forward by underscoring how chefs and restaurants are building a better food system and supporting state, regional, and national good food economies. In its first year, 90 restaurants, representing over 140 locations, in 23 states and all eight regions of the United States applied; contributing an astounding $199 million on the national good food economy.

“The inaugural Good Food 100 Restaurants™ list was a success, revealing the influence of chefs and restaurants beyond what’s on a diner’s plate. It confirmed their undying power to fuel environmental and social change and to drive economic growth,” said Sara Brito, co-founder and president, Good Food Media Network. “We are thrilled to see such enthusiasm around the list and encourage chefs and restaurants who are proud of their good food practices to apply this year.”

The list will again be compiled based on self-reported annual food purchasing data, independently verified by NSF Responsible Sourcing. The data collected will be used to quantify restaurants on a link rating system of 2-6 based on percent of total food costs spent to support state, regional and national ‘good food’ producers and purveyors. Restaurants will be categorized as:

  • Food Service
  • Fast Casual
  • Casual Dining
  • Fine Dining
  • Food Delivery Services

Once the list is assembled, the Good Food Media Network will award the restaurants with the highest percentage of good food purchases in each category as well as restaurants classified as specialty grocers, catering businesses and plant forward businesses. Restaurants that have significantly advocated for the environment, animal welfare and championed farmers, ranchers and fishermen and restaurant and food chain workers will also be recognized.

To complement the list, the Business Research Division of Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder, will analyze the data to produce an economic analysis measuring chefs’ good food purchasing decisions on local, regional, and national economies.

Chefs and restaurants interested in participating can visit the Good Food 100 website to complete the application by the May 1 deadline. The Good Food 100 rating and economic analysis report will be revealed in tandem in September 2018. All participating businesses will receive a certification of participation, window decals and copies of the economic assessment.

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Source: The Rosen Group

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