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By Block Ice | April 5, 2022

Across California, restaurants are taking innovative and eco-friendly approaches to bringing food to your plate. Options like locally sourced and organic food create flavorful dishes with a lower carbon footprint. Honor your taste buds and the environment with these 5 sustainability-focused restaurants in NorCal.

The 5 Best Spots to Enjoy Green Dining in the Golden State

SingleThread in Healdsburg, CA

Healdsburg’s SingleThread is one of just nine California restaurants to be awarded the coveted MICHELIN Green Star. This award recognizes restaurants that are dedicated to sustainable gastronomy.

SingleThread pays expert attention to the unique climate of Sonoma County, California, maintaining a menu attuned to the changing of the seasons. This allows the restaurant to make use of locally-sourced produce creating dishes with ingredients from the farm or local area. SingleThread’s farm provides the restaurant with vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, honey, eggs, and olive oil.

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Little Saint in Healdsburg, CA

Little Saint in Healdsburg is a 100% plant-based restaurant serving food inspired by California-Mediterranean cuisine. They proudly declare themselves to be a “farm-forward” restaurant, using produce grown on-site or at SingleThread Farms.

Even the cocktail menu pays special attention to sustainability. Their creative spirit-based or non-alcoholic cocktails use ingredients sourced from their farms, chilled by Block Ice artisan ice cubes.

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Ella in Sacramento, CA

Ella Dining Room and Bar is part of the Selland Family of Restaurants and honors the brand’s commitment to local and sustainable farming. Ella’s chefs create innovative dishes using seasonal, regionally-sourced ingredients.

Enjoy farm-to-fork lunches, dinners, and a seasonal selection of cocktails.

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The Kitchen in Sacramento, CA

Another member of the Selland Family of Restaurants, The Kitchen emphasizes local, organic food. Chef and Owner Randall Selland is a passionate advocate for sustainability in the restaurant industry.

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Farm at Carneros in Napa, CA

The menu at Farm at Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa is inspired by the Valley’s natural abundance, featuring local produce and wine. Many ingredients come from the restaurant’s own 1300-square-foot organic gardens. These gardens and the surrounding landscape are always sustainably maintained.

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Charlie Palmer Steak at Archer Hotel in Napa, CA

Located at the elegant Archer Hotel in Napa, California, Charlie Palmer Steak offers a menu showcasing the best of the Napa Valley’s local farms and vineyards. This unique steakhouse focuses on sourcing meat from small producers who offer cleaner, more flavorful beef.

The hotel itself follows the brand’s commitment to community and sustainability, following the Archer Sustainable Food Guidelines that prioritize local and regional wines.

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