So, in a previous post, I said I’d follow up with a post on food courts using real dishes and cutlery. Well, there is one that recently popped up in my own back yard and it’s so exciting!
My daughter and I checked out the new Urban Eatery at Toronto’s Eaton Centre a while ago and you should too! Not only does the new food court look spectacular, but it’s leading the way by serving everything in real dishes. Way to go!
Pictured is my daughter, enjoying Chinese fast food on a real plate and with a real fork!
Here she is handing in her tray at the Collection Station. There are no garbage cans, so everything actually gets sorted properly by the person working behind the counter. Please thank them!
And there is even a little sign at each table letting you know where to take your tray.
This is the first of it’s kind in Toronto, and won’t be the last, but Toronto wasn’t the first to offer this new aged food court. I had been planning to visit Oakville Place, which led the way in Ontario opening it’s new food court in June 2009. It was all over the headlines that they had ‘gone green’. Customers were given the choice of reusable or disposable dinnerware, and they reported that 9 out of 10 chose reusable. Cadillac Fairview, the same company that re-did the Eaton Centre, revamped the food court at Carrefour Lavalin Quebec in November 2009. Oxford Properties has redone the food court at Yorkdale Shopping Centre which recently opened.
When I was searching for articles on new food courts, I was surprised to find few headlines focused on the new green option and that most of them focussed on the the updated look, and the new upscale eateries including a vegan option. The fact that food was being served in real dishes and that waste was being reduced by 85% barely registered more than two or three sentences in most articles, which I found very disappointing. No praises for placing the environment ahead of ‘convenience’, for thinking of the future. I’m surprised that the decor outshadowed the obviously huge step towards sustainable fast-food eating, and wonder what that says about our society or our journalists….
Well, I for one, am so very thankful that we can have our cake and eat it without creating excess garbage. We shouldn’t have to choose between eating or creating garbage, and now we don’t have to.