Asheville, America’s 1st Green Dining Destination

Asheville, America’s 1st Green Dining Destination


Asheville is the first American city to earn the official designation of being a Green Dining Destination™. This month, Asheville met its goal of having 16 Certified Green Restaurants® throughout the city, all of which have met the GRA’s rigorous certification standards.

Asheville’s Certified Green Restaurants® are leading the way toward zero waste, energy independence, and sustainable food, said Mayor Terry Bellamy. “The Asheville area prides itself on a food culture that embraces fresh, innovative cuisine that integrates product from local growers and artisan food producers,” Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Stephanie Brown noted.

All of Asheville’s Certified Green Restaurant® have met the GRA’s rigorous certification standards by earning at least 100 GreenPoints™ in the categories of food, water, waste, energy, chemicals, and disposables. Additionally, each Certified Green Restaurant® has eliminated use of polystyrene foam, (aka StyroFoam™), and has implemented a full-scale recycling program.

The 16 Certified Green Restaurants® in the city are:

The French Broad Chocolate LoungeHomegrownLaughing Seed Cafe,Luella’s Bar-B-QuePlant RestaurantNeo CantinaPosana CafeRosetta’s KitchenStrada ItalianoThe Corner KitchenThe Green SageThe Green Sage SouthTupelo Honey CaféTupelo Honey Cafe SouthCedric’s Tavern on the Biltmore EstateBouchon

“We are thrilled to be one of the Certified Green Restaurants® that has helped Asheville become the nation’s first Green Dining Destination™,” says Randy Tally from The Green Sage.

Leslie H. Armstrong from Plant Restaurant adds, “Our customers care greatly about the environmental impact of the restaurants they visit. Because our menu is exclusively plant-based, our ecological footprint is inherently light. As a Certified Green Restaurant®, we’re pleased that we can provide transparent details about how we’ve become even more environmentally sustainable across our operations.”

Green-minded consumers can easily locate the continually expanding list of Certified Green Restaurants® online by visiting, which also features the detailed environmental accomplishments of each location. Further, on the website, diners can learn more about the environmental impact of the restaurant industry, and encourage even more local restaurants to go green.

“As a Green Dining Destination™, Asheville truly satisfies the 79% of people who prefer to dine at Certified Green Restaurants®,” says Michael Oshman, CEO and Founder of the Green Restaurant Association. “We are proud of Asheville’s Certified Green Restaurants®, and we are proud to have worked with AIR and BRSI to help Asheville achieve this historic accomplishment.

For details on the GRA’s Certification Standards, visit:
For a list of Asheville’s Certified Green Restaurants®, visit:

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