As you probably know, we’ve been working on a list of Seattle area restaurants that source their meat from ethical and humane sources. Well, we’ve finally contacted enough restaurants that we’re willing to publish the list.
A few disclaimers/bits of information about this list.
1. This is NOT a complete list. We contacted the restaurants we frequent first. Not all of them responded to our queries. Of those that responded, not all of them were CAFO free. Some of them declined to state whether they were CAFO free or not.
2. We did not contact vegetairan or vegan restaurants.
3. We verified sourcing to the best of their abilities. Some of the restaurants list the meat source on every menu item, others do not. Some have nine out of ten items on their menu sustainable and one that is not. We’ve tried to provide as much information as we can in the notes so you can make your own judgement.
4. We have relied on emails and Twitter conversations with restaurant owners and chefs, along with menus for our information. If you believe any of the information is in error, please let us know and we will investigate ASAP.
5. Much of the seafood information is still incomplete. About halfway through this effort, we realized how important it would be to include restaurants that served sustainable seafood as well. However, that means we need to contact many of the restaurants a second time.
6. If you are a local restaurant owner or local chef, and you source all or some of your meat and fish from sustainable and ethical sources, please let us know. We would love to add you to our list.
Edited to add: When researching specific suppliers, we made judgement calls in the cases of suppliers who were not exclusively pastured/wild/foraged. We were not looking for purely pastured/wild/foraged animals, but animals with space to roam, who were fed without hormones, and who were kept in as natural of a habitat as possible. For example, one meat supplier pastures their beef for 14 months, and then transfers them to a finishing facility. However, the finishing facility is not highly concentrated, the animals are still on pasture, but they are fed a grain and alfalfa mix (without hormones and antibiotics). Is this ideal? No. We would prefer that the cows were exclusively pasture fed. However, this is significantly better than the vast majority of the beef on the market today, so we have chosen to include them in our list.
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