Our Sourcing Philosophy
How we define “food service for a sustainable future”:
Flavorful food that’s healthy and economically viable for all, produced through practices that respect farmers, workers, and animals; nourish the community; and replenish our shared natural resources for future generations.
Bon Appétit has long been the role model for responsible sourcing in the food service industry.
Our path toward greater sustainability started as a quest for flavor. When you cook everything from scratch, you want the freshest ingredients.
That led us to launch our Farm to Fork program back in 1999 — long before local food became the welcome trend it is today. Our years of working directly with farmers and ranchers have opened our eyes to the many problems of our modern food supply: while it is abundant and cheap, it has many hidden costs.
We believe we can deliver fantastic food and wonderful service while also helping make our food system better. It’s a tall order, but we do love a challenge. As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”