City Escape: Celebrating at the White Dog Café!
The week surrounding the 4th of July not only celebrates our great nation’s birthday, but it just so happens to celebrate mine as well! Having the picnics and fireworks coincide with my own festivities has always been a thrill, and each year I love to find special ways to toast another year. Since I was visiting my hometown, I was able to enjoy a special dinner with my family, and what a pleasant surprise to find out the chosen restaurant was organic and eco-friendly!
The White Dog Café is a popular restaurant committed to bringing the farm-to-table experience to the local community. With two locations, one in downtown Philadelphia and the other in the suburbs of the Main Line, the White Dog Café offers a seasonal menu based on the availability of local ingredients. Only the highest quality organic ingredients are sourced from local farms within a 50-mile radius of each restaurant, ensuring a fresh and healthy meal while supporting and strengthening the local economy. The homepage on their website (www.whitedog.com) shows a map with all the local, environmentally friendly farms they support, allowing you to see just where the vegetables, meat, and seafood you are eating for dinner are coming from—a fun visual! For all the ingredients that cannot be sourced locally, they make sure to only purchase them through fair trade suppliers.
The décor of the restaurant is also eco-friendly. A comfortable and kitschy design, each room features a different décor, from a bright room with benches, big throw pillows, and rustic accents to a darker room with paneled walls for more of an old library feel, the constant running throughout is of course the dog theme, from the painted portraits to the statues accenting the tables. Each table is made of reclaimed wood, the wall décor comes from sustainable forests, and the furniture is vintage, refurbished by local artisans.
Their list of sustainable business practices is also quite impressive. As detailed in a newsletter available for all customers, the restaurant operates on 100% renewable energy from wind turbines, their hot water is provided through a solar heating system, all food waste is composted and then used to fertilize local gardens, and they recycle their fryer oil (fun fact—the resulting bio-diesel fuel is used to heat cages for the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo!). They also offer special events, from American-produced wine tastings to local farm tours.
Overall, I enjoyed a lovely meal and it was made all the better knowing that I was supporting the environmentally sustainable commitments of this wonderful restaurant. Take a peek at some of the mouthwatering dishes I sampled!
The local strawberry salad with homemade ricotta was bursting with flavor!
Delicious locally sourced beets accented with fresh goat cheese
Pesto crusted cod—yum!
Fresh carrot cake with Philadelphia cream cheese icing—perfect end to a perfect meal!
The presentation on their house-churned ice cream is so adorable.