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What is RescueDish?

 
 
 

Cabbage Butts. Teaism.

Photo by Amanda Joy Photographics

 
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We're a movement...

RescueDish is a movement to spotlight the work chefs and brands do to make delicious foods and reduce waste along the way. By celebrating dishes that demonstrate root-to-leaf and nose-to-tail creativity, we hope to inspire all eaters and chefs--professional or not--to see opportunity where they used to see waste.

 

We do this by holding events to highlight restaurants with ingenious waste-cutting dishes, like saving extra latte milk to make ricotta, turning juicing pulp into chips, and using pickle juice as salad dressing. Our events range from walking tours and happy hours to designated RescueDish weeks, during which select restaurants across D.C. feature at least one RescueDish on their menu.

 

 
Broccoli Tots and Stir-Fried Cabbage Butts at  Teaism .

Broccoli Tots and Stir-Fried Cabbage Butts at Teaism.

Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Seeds at  Beefsteak .

Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Seeds at Beefsteak.

 

...to inspire creative solutions...

RescueDish is based in Washington, DC, and is a part of the DC Food Recovery Working Group, a consortium of people in the public, private and nonprofit sectors who all care deeply about reducing food waste and putting a lid on the 40 percent of U.S. food that winds up in the dumpster every year. RescueDish kicked off in 2017 as a part of DC Food Recovery Week. During the week, about a dozen restaurants, including Teaism, Lupo Verde and Little Red Fox, promoted dishes on their menus with food-waste reduction stories.

 

 

...to wasted food.

The next RescueDish week is slated for the summer of 2019. In the meantime, check back here to learn more about happy hours and walking tours!

 

Is your restaurant doing creative things to reduce food waste? We'd love to hear about it! 

 
Pickled watermelon rind garnishes the Summer Sandia at  Firefly .

Pickled watermelon rind garnishes the Summer Sandia at Firefly.

FAQ

What is RescueDish?

RescueDish is an initiative to bridge foodie-ism with the fight against food waste. We plan events with chefs, restaurants and other food businesses that are creating new taste experiences with underutilized ingredients. 

 

Tell me more about your events.

Our capstone events are designated weeks in which select restaurants across the Washington, D.C. region highlight “RescueDishes” on their menus. We also hold happy hours, organize neighborhood restaurant walking tours and other things as opportunities arise. Visit our Events page to learn more.

 

That’s so cool! But I want to try a RescueDish right now. Where can I find one?

Navigate over to our Find a RescueDish page to learn which restaurants are actively serving a RescueDish. 

 

Who are you?

RescueDish grew out of the DC Food Recovery Working Group, a consortium of people from government, business, nonprofit and other backgrounds who all care about reducing food waste and ending hunger. RescueDish is just one of the initiatives the Working Group tackles and is lead by an executive committee who are lucky enough to hold planning meetings at some of the best and most sustainable restaurants DC has to offer.

 

I think my restaurant would be a great fit for RescueDish. How can I get in touch?

Email us at RescueDish@gmail.com or contact us through this site. Also, we’d love it if you tagged RescueDish (#RescueDish) in any of your social media posts about how you use food efficiently and lovingly at your restaurant. 

 

What's next on the RescueDish calendar?

The next RescueDish week is slated for Summer 2019. In the meantime, check out our events pages for updates on happy hours, walking tours and other happenings.