April 26, 2010
What a day! Our sincerest thanks go out to everyone who joined us at the sweetlife festival in Dupont Circle on Saturday! Despite the cloudy skies, the rain held off and the crowd grew steadily throughout the afternoon and evening. Over 750 people stopped by to enjoy the energetic atmosphere. With the success of this first festival under our belts, we’re already dreaming big for next year. Until then, stay tuned for additional coverage and keep living the sweetlife!
The Love Language
The Love Language
Hot Chip w/ sweetgreen founders
Photos courtesy of Keaton Bedell
January 28, 2010
Sweetgreen recently headed north to the Culinary Loft in SoHo for “Destination DC,” an awesome event that aimed at introducing some of DC’s hottest new culinary movements to the national media. We were honored to prepare the opening salad course (ingredients below!). To carry on our locavore mission, we decided to challenge ourselves and locally source the ingredients for the dinner. We hit up Satur Farms in Long Island for all of the produce and the renowned Catapano Farms, also in Long Island, for the cheese.
The salad that we tossed? Baby Wild Arugula with thyme-roasted Sunchokes and Shallots, baby carrots, toasted hazelnuts, and goat cheese with a blood orange vinaigrette.
A quick shout out to everyone who prepared the meal…
Kyle Bailey, Executive Chef & Tiffany MacIsaac, Pastry Chef; Birch & Barley
Nicolas Jammet, Owner; sweetgreen
Jamie Leeds, Chef/Owner; Hank’s Oyster Bar & CommonWealth
Travis Timberlake, Executive Chef; Art & Soul
Wine Pairings from Loudoun, Virginia: DC’s Wine Country
…and a huge thanks to the Loft for having us!
January 17, 2009
two of sweetgreen’s founders nic & nate were featured on the front page of the entertainment section of the dc examiner! check it out below:
to read the online version of the article go here, it includes the following insights about the dynamic duo:
Q&A with the Chefs
Do you cook at home?
Nicolas: Yes, and it’s classical French or Mediterranean. My mom is Lebanese. I watch the Food Network.
Nathaniel: Our day is long and spontaneous. I try to fix dinner two times a week. My family is Chinese, so dumplings and noodles and wok-cooking are a big thing.
What is your comfort food?
Nicolas: Foie gras and anything with truffles.
Nathaniel: Food from Chipotle or Chinese or Vietnamese food
Which are your favorite restaurants?
Nicolas: Central, Rays the Steaks, Blue Duck, Nora, Rasika and Oyamel.
What’s in your fridge?
Nicolas: A lot of Honest Tea, hummus, baby carrots. Lots of cheese and baguettes. I eat here twice a day.
Nathaniel: Not much. Green onions and a bottle of champagne, but I do have sesame oil in my pantry and rice and vinegar.
Cicada – Metropolis (The Twelves B-Live Rio Mix)
Bonde Do Role – Geremia (Chewy Chocolate Cookies Remix
Lykke Li – Little Bit ft. Drake & Mickey Factz
September 5, 2008
“A green-collar job is in essence a blue-collar job that has been upgraded to address the environmental challenges of our country.”
-Lucy Blake, CEO of Apollo Alliance
“A green job has to do something useful for people, and it has to be helpful to, or at least not damaging to, the environment.”
-Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club
what are the perks of green collar jobs?
proponents say that green jobs are good because:
- growing this industry will create jobs that cannot be easily outsourced
- construction workers currently unemployed due to the housing collapse may easily transition into being green collar, for example building and maintaining wind turbines
- green collar jobs are not static in the way that blue collar factory jobs are – in fact they could be upwardly mobile, providing a path out of poverty (see NYT article)
- nor is “green collar” limited to manual labor – these jobs may require highly specialized technical and scientific knowledge, for example Ph.D. employees at Plextronics, which manufactures polymer inks used in solar panels, making it a diverse industry in terms of job opportunities
green collars in the news
- One of Barack Obama’s major policy proposals is sinking $150bn into creating 5 million new green collar jobs, aiming to bolster the economy while finding for new and better sources of renewable energy. This was also a major part of Senator Clinton’s platform; she emphasized the fact that green collar jobs do not lend themselves to being outsourced or exported and afford a relatively high degree of upward mobility.
- The Green Builder’s Association in DC and the Green-Collar Jobs Advisory Council of DC have recently partnered to create a job training curriculum for workers in the local construction industry. Participants will be trained to recognize the relationship between the life cycles of buildings and the environment, finding greener construction alternatives and identifying their pros and cons as well as understanding how a building may become LEED rated; completion of the curriculum will earn them credentials recognized in the construction industry that can give them an advantage in the job market. Nicely fulfills Pope’s criteria in that it not only promotes green building practices but directly benefits its human participants as well by expanding their skill set and improving their job prospects.
Metronomy – Heartbreaker (Kris Menace Remix)
Earlier in the summer we had a post about how due to the energy crisis and rising fuel prices, biodegradable plastics suddenly became cheaper to produce and the companies that make them experienced enormous growth. In other words, in the area of bioplastics at least, the energy crisis forced us to expand into a greener alternative (which we knew we should have been doing all along) and it is turning out not to be as painful as we thought it would be.
Maybe this is a similar situation – we are quickly catching on to the fact that we’ve been lazy in coming up with alternative energy sources and that all our procrastination has set us back. There could be a silver lining. Now that we are finally getting around to it, it may end up helping one of the sectors of our economy that is hurting right now – construction. The housing crisis and subsequent decline in residential investment has left many unemployed, but if they can make the transition into the nation’s fifth largest market sector, there may be a green collar there waiting to be worn.
Vampire Weekend – Bryn