It's easy being green at the BC Foodservice Expo

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - This weekend's BC Foodservice Expo will shine
a spotlight on eco-friendly dining with a series of features and events
designed to inform and inspire foodservice operators.
    Here are just a few of the ways the Expo is helping BC restaurants go

    The Sustainable Restaurant

    Created in collaboration with Green Table Network, The Sustainable
    Restaurant is a new 900-square-foot walk-through feature showcasing the
    latest and greenest in kitchen equipment design - including an energy-
    efficient setup that can save 25% on energy bills. Visitors will learn
    about easy and affordable ways to reduce water use, divert organic waste,
    conserve electricity, reduce cooking/processing time and create a smaller
    working kitchen space. No paper or plastic handouts - guaranteed!

    Sustainability 101: To a Greener Future

    On Sunday, Jan. 27 at 11:15 a.m., André la Rivière, creator of BC's Green
    Table Network, will show restaurateurs how a commitment to sound
    environmental principles can boost a restaurant's bottom line. From
    reducing waste and conserving water to increasing energy-efficiency and
    supporting local suppliers, there are dozens of practical ways for
    restaurants to build a more sustainable - and profitable - future.

    BC Edible Harvest

    This feature, located in Booth 825, will showcase some of BC's best local
    food products, including: cranberry salsa, frozen fruit from the
    Okanagan, snacks made from BC salmon, Fraser Valley honey, bison sausage,
    handmade cheeses, organic meats, specialty breads, artisanal pastries,
    seafood entrées and vegan "cheese" cake.

    BC Winery & Microbrewery Pavilion

    From established producers to new niche players, BC's growing beer and
    wine industry offers restaurateurs and their customers a bounty of unique
    flavours and pairing opportunities. Local producers will be on hand to
    offer product samples, suggest pairing opportunities, answer questions
    and help place product orders.

    Free reusable bag giveaway

    Each day of the show, the first 250 people to attend will receive a
    reusable cloth shopping bag, provided by Blackwood Career Essentials +

    Show dates and times:

    Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Monday, Jan. 28, 2008: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


    BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver

    The BC Foodservice Expo is Western Canada' s largest hospitality show.
For more information about the 2008 edition, visit the show's website at or download the visitor's brochure at .

    The BC Foodservice Expo is a trade-only event owned and operated by the
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association and sponsored by VISA.
Admission is restricted to industry personnel aged 19 or older.

    CRFA maintains a strict system for media accreditation at the BC
Foodservice Expo and all its trade shows. You must register in advance using
the online media registration form at

For further information:

For further information: Samantha Scholefield, BC Foodservice Expo Show
Manager, (604) 328-2517 (cell); Jeni Armstrong, Communications Specialist,
1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254

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