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3 Ways Culinary Wise Operates Green Restaurants in Dallas

3 Ways Culinary Wise Operates Green

We are Culinary Wise, the parent brand of eco-friendly restaurants and catering services in the Dallas metroplex. Our company as an entity honors 4 pillars: Quality, Customer Experience, Social Responsibility, and Green Initiatives. We believe the quality of the vision, the people, and the food matter. The customer experience is not about us, it’s about you. We own the social responsibility to take an active role in our communities. All of our concepts operate with green initiatives top of mind, and we make proactive decisions that lessen our environmental impact.

So what do “green initiatives” really mean and what are the CW concepts actively doing each day to walk the talk? 

At Culinary Wise, we are passionate about creating a positive impact on the environment and practicing green initiatives in several ways - through changes big and small. Whenever possible, we use recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable products. This includes our takeout containers all the way to our paper towels. We help reduce waste through composting and have worked to become more energy-efficient, and are committed to participating in ecological projects, causes, and events. The CW restaurant concepts are some of only a few Dallas restaurants to carry the title of Certified Green. 

What’s is a Certified Green Restaurant?

In comparison to other local Dallas restaurants, this distinction is given by the Green Restaurant Association and our restaurants follow stringent guidelines to uphold our certification. Our Certified Green Restaurants that are committed to green dining in Dallas include: State & Allen, Maple Landing, and Nodding DonkeyWe’ve compiled a list of 3 ways Culinary Wise operates green certified restaurants in Dallas:

  • Why do we ask if you want water?

No, we aren’t being stingy – we’re being green! Our restaurant staff asks if you want water with your meal not only to conserve water but to conserve the energy used to make ice and wash your glass.

  • Free coffee sounds good, right? 

When you bring your own coffee mug to the best brunch in Dallas (ours), we’ll fill it up for free! This helps conserve the energy used to run the commercial dishwashers. We enjoy encouraging our patrons to do their part to help our planet along with us. Every little thing that we do makes a big difference! Thanks for doing your part!

  • Why do we offer compostable take-out “Ecotainers”?

Another important move that we've made has to do with our paper products. We use recycled paper and supplies in our office, and, on the customer side, we've started buying Ecotainer products. Unlike traditional packaging, Ecotainer products use a plastic lining made from plants. All products are compostable. Our plastic bags come from, and they are 100% biodegradable and will not harm the environment when they decompose. They're made with natural bioplastic polymers. 

As a parent company, Culinary Wise believes in creating environmentally friendly restaurants that operate with green initiatives top of mind. Make a reservation at State & Allen, Maple Landing or Nodding Donkey today to see what we’re doing to make an impact!

Our Restaurants and Concepts

Culinary Wise Restaurants and Concepts

We consciously created our restaurants & concepts with green initiatives, the community, and the customer experience in mind. While each of our concepts at Culinary Wise is unique in its own way, they are all bound together by our commitment to creating a positive impact on the world around us. Did you know one of our restaurants smokes the best BBQ in Dallas and another is well-known for being a top-rated catering company in Dallas? It’s true, our local concepts offer a wide variety of services across a few different industries. Let’s take a look.

Maple Landing

Maple Landing is the hot spot for the best BBQ in Dallas, rare and unique whiskeys, and cold local beer. Located in the heart of the Medical District, it’s truly a casual neighborhood bar specializing in bourbon, beer, burgers, and brisket. Maple Landing is the perfect destination for a lunch on the breezy patio or a weekend pitstop to experience the best brunch in Dallas with mimosas and more. Maple Landing also offers event space that’s perfect for any occasion. 

Savory Catering

As a full-service catering company, Savory Catering offers a tasteful choice of dishes and an unmatched level of service for events both big and small (conveniently located just northwest of downtown Dallas). From corporate daily lunches to private event catering for parties, weddings, and happy hours, it’s no secret that Savory Catering offers the best catering in Dallas. Savory Catering is committed to serving guests fresh, chef prepared meals made with the highest quality ingredients.

State & Allen

State & Allen is uptown’s best bar and restaurant for a casual neighborhood hangout serving up eclectic American cuisine in a casual restaurant setting. State & Allen is one of those Dallas neighborhood establishments that is as real and as effortlessly fun as the people who frequent it. The street side patio is the perfect place for a quick cocktail or impeccably prepared food accompanied by a selection from an impressive wine list. From date night to happy hour, at State & Allen you can experience the best dinner in Dallas and the best happy hour in Uptown all under one roof. 

The Nodding Donkey

The Nodding Donkey continues to be the best sports bar in Uptown by serving up the freshest ingredients, pouring the best drinks and, of course, offering the best patio in Dallas. The Nodding Donkey is home to a Social Pie "ghost kitchen" that allows customers the opportunity to get all their favorite pizzas and salads in one place! If you’re looking for a neighborhood bar with a scratch kitchen and sports for days, the Nodding Donkey is the place with 20 big screens, a spacious patio, and all your game day classics.

Social Pie

Social Pie is a favorite spot for delicious pizza, wine, and cold local beer. Social Pie brought our beloved pizza from State&Allen in Uptown to the Dallas Medical District. Social Pie is a casual counter-service restaurant offering artisan pizza, sandwiches, local craft beer, and wine in a laid-back setting. While Social Pie is a great option for lunch in Dallas for lunch - don't forget our popular happy hour. Come meet friends at our expansive outdoor patio, complete with TVs - ideal for the next Dallas Cowboys game! 

At Culinary Wise our concepts are committed to delivering an approachable dining experience with exceptional service. Our team is dedicated to our community, the environment, and, most importantly, to you. We invite you to experience one of our concepts and let us know what you think!