EATERIES from around the city gathered at People’s Park yesterday to welcome the launch of the Savour Limerick initiative.
Hosted by the Limerick city and county environment department and Limerick City Tidy Towns, the Savour Limerick booklet aims to help households reduce food waste when cooking, which was put together by a total of 11 hotels, restaurants and cafés around Limerick.
According to city and county council’s environmental awareness officer Sinéad McDonell, the main idea of the project was to encourage people to buy local produce, use leftovers and prevent food waste in order to make great food.
“The main idea behind it all was about food waste prevention. We thought it would a great idea to get local eateries involved and now we are delighted with the results,” she said.
Pauline McDonogh, of the Local Authority Prevention Network, said it is a vital time for this initiative to come into place and that people should be more mindful, as Limerick City Centre Tidy Towns is working so closely with the city council.
“It’s a fantastic booklet and I would like to thank all of the restaurants for all the time they have put into this. People are not aware of how much they cook and throw out. A third of what we purchase is thrown out.”
Chef in Bobby Byrnes Bar, MJ Buckley said by exercising food waste prevention and supporting local producers, it saves the household and business a lot of money.
“It’s all in the quality and preparation of food, and efficiency is the way we maximise profits.
“It’s also about local produce. If we do business with someone far away, we would be ordering every two or three days, whereas if we call the local butcher, we can make an educated guess as to what we need, whenever we need it.”
Mayor Kathleen Leddin, told all the contributing eateries that the Savour Limerick initiative has potential to benefit the environment.
Among the 11 contributors are Absolute Hotel, Bobby Byrnes, The Canteen, Greene’s, Greenhills, Mortells Deli, The Hunt Café, No 1 Pery Square, Savoy, the Strand and the Cornstore.