At Rivers Edge Catering, providing delicious meals that are sustainably sourced is a key part of our business. We feel that the best way to serve our customers is by committing ourselves to finding and creating lasting relationships with great food vendors within close proximity to Portland. We also believe it is our responsibility to be good stewards of our environment which is why we get excited when eco-friendly practices also make sense from a business standpoint. Here are a few of the advantages that keep us providing sustainable food to our customers.
Support the Local Portland Economy
First and foremost, purchasing our products from local vendors helps to sustain the local Portland economy. If we were to chose a national vendor for our products, a very small amount of what we would spend would stay in the local community. By selecting vendors in or near the Portland area, a much greater percentage of the money we spend stays in our community. This creates a virtuous cycle as our vendors are more likely to spend their earnings in Portland, and so on and so forth.
Sustainable Food Tastes Better
As a corporate catering company, the health of our business relies on the quality of our food and service. We want to develop great relationships with our customers, so they will hire us for their events on a regular basis. Our ability to develop repeat clientele is heavily dependent on us providing high-quality food that leaves our customers satisfied. In our opinion, sustainable food is the best choice for delivering food of the highest quality time and again.
When we select our vendors, we want to make sure their standards are just as high as ours are. By choosing local sources, we can feel confident in the quality of our products as we are able to tour their facilities and see how they run their businesses. That’s why we’ve developed relationships with vendors that we can be proud of instead of with the ones that can give us the biggest profit margins.
The success of our business is highly dependant on our ability to serve our customers with high-quality products. By being able to develop these personal relationships with local vendors, we get peace of mind that the ingredients in our meals are of the quality we expect and demand.
Shorter Transport Distances – Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emmisions
In addition to getting high-quality food and supporting the local economy, we can cut down on the transport distances by choosing local vendors. Shorter transport distance means fewer greenhouse gases introduced into the air. Global warming presents dangers to everyone, and everyone is going to need to help to address it. We feel this is just one of the many ways that we can work as a business to reduce our carbon footprint and present a sustainable model of food production.