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Dempsey Sponsors Exclusive RAMW Member Farm-to-Table Event

Ed Mullarkey, Erica Porch, Josh Hahn, Kristin Dempsey, Brad Parker, Michael Bonk

Ed Mullarkey, Erica Porch, Josh Hahn, Kristin Dempsey, Brad Parker, Michael Bonk

A Farm-to-Table Event, exclusive for Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) members, was held recently at The Pig, located at 1320 14th St. NW Washington DC. The event was sponsored by Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, a leading, independent restaurant linen service company serving the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area in celebration of Earth Week. Ed Mullarkey, general manager for Dempsey and Kristin Dempsey, vice president sales and marketing, attended the event. They also kicked off Dempsey’s campaign to champion awareness for sustainable business practices within the restaurant industry.

A head to tail tasting menu by The Pig Chef, Michael Bonk showcased the protein, complemented by seasonal, freshly-picked produce from EatWell Natural Farm and artisan goat cheese made by Pipe

Chef Michael Bonk served a head to tail buffet for guests.

Chef Michael Bonk served a head to tail buffet for guests.

Dreams Fromage. Special guest speakers included  EatWell Natural Farm Manager, Erica Porch, and Pipe Dreams Fromage cheesemaker Brad Parker who shared their passion for farm-to-table cuisine discussing their backgrounds, daily operations on their farms, and their interest in sustainable agriculture.

The Pig is operated by Dempsey customer, EatWell DC, which runs five casual neighborhood restaurants in Washington DC focused on farm-to-table cuisine. EatWell DC was recently featured as the cover story for Restaurant Facility Business Magazine’s Feb/Mar issue, titled, “The Green Team” detailing “how one small restaurant company, EatWell DC, can teach an entire industry about sustainable operations.” EatWell’s Operating Partner, Josh Hahn said of Dempsey, “Partnering with vendors who share our values is of great importance to us. We’ve taken countless steps over the

Brad Parker, Pipe Dreams Fromage, shared stories from his goat cheese adventure.

Brad Parker, Pipe Dreams Fromage, shared stories from his goat cheese adventure.

years to be a more environmentally responsible company, from paper goods, wind energy, local vendors, our own farm and much more.“

Dempsey is also planning a second event in the fall to focus on the operations, maintenance, and construction side of the equation for RAMW restaurant members.

Dempsey has also launched an advertising campaign “Farm-to-Table Linen” to dovetail their efforts in raising awareness among restaurant operators who want to green their supply chain as an extension of their sustainable practices.

As an industry leader in environmental stewardship, Dempsey operates the first TRSA “CleanGreen” certified laundering facility in the United States. A restaurant that uses table linens, uniforms, towels, floor mats and other reusable textiles laundered by a Clean Green facility can point to the certification as evidence that these were washed, dried and finished with techniques selected to maximize sustainability, meeting quality standards for conserving resources, controlling sewer discharges and otherwise minimizing environmental impact.  They deploy state-of-the-art, high-capacity washing, drying and wrinkle-removal equipment and document their efficiencies in water and energy use and best management practices (BMPs). Dempsey is also a voluntary member of the Laundry Environmental Stewardship Program (LaundryESP), and the US EPA Sustainability Partnership Program, which includes programs such as WaterSense, Energy Star and WasteWise.

For more information: www.dempseyuniform.com  or call 800-378-8060.

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