Green news and events from the State of Tennessee.

What Does Green Tayst Like?

As their website states, Tayst Restaurant is the first (and so far only) green certified eatery in Nashville, TN. What began as chef/owner Jeremy Barlow’s desire to buy only locally produced food spiraled into a full-on one man green movement. Barlow found that as he researched local food, he became more and more interested in the entire growing process of that food. Since nearly everything that happens to food affects its flavor, this led Barlow toward sustainable organic foods and that led the chef toward greening other aspects of the restaurant as well. In addition to using only foods grown locally which are pesticide- and fertilizer-free, Tayst recycles, composts, and continually works toward reduced energy consumption and an ever-smaller carbon footprint.

The Tayst menu offers a wide variety of items from an “Escargot Pot Pie” to goat cheese grits, bison with cranberry relish and tobacco gnocchi gratin to strictly vegetarian offerings. Since there is an attached wine bar, each selection on the menu has a recommended wine with which to pair it. First courses start at $7 and mains start at $17.

3 Green Things for 2011

To celebrate the New Year, here is a round-up of interesting green tidbits that I collected near the end of 2010:

NowPlayingNashville.com started a page dedicated to those events and attractions in and around Middle Tennessee that have positive environmental significance. Currently, it has not been updated for this year, but no doubt it will be soon. 2010 saw a lot of green activities, so hopefully 2011 will have even more.

Newsweek rated the Top 10 green businesses of 2010. While there seems to be some controversy over some of the companies that made the list, over all, the information they gathered showed that there are corporations paying attention to how they affect the planet, and that is good. Since Associated Content recently became the Yahoo! Contributor Network, it was personally satisfying to see them on the list.

In downtown Franklin, TN they have implemented solar powered trash compactors that also have an attached bin for cans and bottles to be recycled, manufactured by BigBelly Solar. These compactors are reported to reduce the negative aspects of waste removal by as much as 80%.

BigBelly Solar

BigBelly Solar


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