By Sam Kislia
These restaurants have gone above and beyond what it means to be environmentally friendly and have taken it upon themselves to be innovative to ensure minimal waste and maximum results.
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The Millstone of Iola Mills – Iola
Aside from being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Millstone of Iola Mills is known for its delicious food made from both local and organic ingredients and even more notably, customer-provided fruits that go into their delicious, hand-made gelato. Situated on the water, The Millstone utilizes hydroelectric power that’s generated by a 19th century turbine. They also work with the DNR on its pond improvement program.
The Grumpy Troll – Mount Horeb
Don’t be put off by the name - A meal or drink at The Grumpy Troll will leave you anything but grumpy! This Travel Green destination harnesses the power of the sun with a 7.8 kilowatt solar system on the roof as a partial power source for the restaurant. Aside from utilizing solar power to keep things green, The Grumpy Troll uses organic and local ingredients, and the spent grains from the in-house brewery are donated to local farmers to serve as animal feed. While you’re in, don’t forget to try a gourmet “treber crust” pizza! Brewery tours are also available by reservation for small groups.
Cookery Restaurant – Fish Creek
The Cookery Restaurant in Fish Creek has gone through much iteration since it opened its doors in 1977. With a number of expansions and renovations, one thing has remained a priority: sustainability. The Cookery’s commitment to a sustainable, green business is maintained by purchasing local ingredients, renewable energy and by providing biodegradable to-go containers so you won’t have to feel guilty about taking those delicious leftovers home!
Kavarna Coffeehouse & Parisi's Delicatessen – Green Bay
This combination coffeehouse/restaurant has been a Green Bay favorite for years. The 2-in-1 restaurant offers everything from meals made from scratch using organic, local and fair trade ingredients, to hand crafted espresso drinks made with high-quality coffee. Not only does Karvarna Parisi’s practice green habits, they also promote these practices to their customers through environmental film screenings and other educational opportunities. Come hungry, leave full of delicious food and valuable knowledge!
Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. – Wisconsin Dells
The Moosejaw might be most well known for its delicious pizza and beverages, but its green innovations are worthy of equal praise. The folks at Moosejaw are focused on reducing their footprint and leaving behind as little waste as possible. Their pizza delivery vehicles run on recycled vegetable oil, and the used grains from the brewery are donated for feed to local riding stables. Fermenters and serving tanks also utilize sensors to conserve as much energy as possible! Don’t miss out on a delicious meal from a restaurant that is dedicated to both quality food and the environment!