Submitted by Tamee Flanagan, Operations Manager
Bon Appétit may talk about environmental stewardship, but wouldn’t you rather hear it from the Dalai Lama? Participants at a multi-venue Environmental Summit — including the University of Portland in Portland, OR—got to do just that. The summit included teachings from and conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leaders of the Pacific Northwest environmental, scientific, policy, and faith communities. Bon Appétit was honored to prepare a locally sourced, vegetarian lunch for His Holiness, who called for greater personal responsibility along with ethical policy making, and his distinguished guests. Meal highlights included a freckled romaine salad with French breakfast radishes, hakurei turnips, and shaved fennel with artichoke vinaigrette; hand-made, pan-seared ravioli filled with parsnip and chévre served in maitake mushroom jus; grilled asparagus and choi; and strawberries with meringue crisps and Swedish cream—from such distinguished local providers as Creative Growers, Sauvie Island Organics, Happy Harvest, River’s Edge, and Grand Central Bakery.
Guests were as delighted with the offerings as the staff was humbled to serve the Dalai Lama.