Project Green Fork Promotes Sustainability in Memphis Restaurants and Venues

Project Green Fork, a program offered by a local non-profit Clean Memphis, promotes a more sustainable community by offering an environmental sustainability certification program for Memphis restaurants and venues.

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Project Green Fork
a chef adds sauce to sample serving of food
Project Green Fork

Reharvest Memphis - Thursday, nOV. 16

Don't miss Project Greenfork's upcoming event to raise awareness of sustainability efforts to reduce food waste in Memphis.

This unique, immersive event will highlight the delicious connections between sustainability and food, with local chefs from PGF-certified restaurants preparing creative, surprising hors d’oeuvres using surplus ingredients gleaned from grocery stores.

Attendees will mingle with the chefs and sample top-notch restaurant fare made from ingredients that might otherwise go unsold and uneaten. They will also be treated to complimentary beer, wine, and a signature cocktail and mocktail.

PGF-Certified Restaurants Aim to Reduce Waste

There are nearly 40 Memphis restaurants that are Project Green Fork certified. These are restaurants taking the extra step to do some good and who deserve your support for doing so.

Project Green Fork was founded based on the findings of national studies that indicate ~1.5 pounds of trash are produced for every meal served at a restaurant meaning a restaurant could produce up to 50,000 pounds of garbage a year. 

A lot of that garage could be easily recycled or composted.

To be PGF certified, restaurants must meet six sustainable steps:

  1. Use and source sustainable products
  2. Take steps to reduce unused food inventory
  3. Reduce the use of toxic cleaners
  4. Take steps to reduce and reuse vital energy and water
  5. Connect with local agencies to donate food that wasn’t used
  6. Properly maintain grease traps and kitchen hoods

We know it’s hard out there for local restaurants so to the places making the extra effort to practice good habits - we applaud you!

two compostable to-go boxes with compostable silverware on top
Project Green Fork
Woman stands next to multiple recycling bins
Project Green Fork

Working to Eliminate Waste in Event Spaces

In addition to mitigating surplus and wasted food in restaurants, PGF and Memphis Tourism have pledged to promote sustainability in local event spaces. Providing food to those in need instead of deleterious waste habits is the ultimate goal. This ecotourism initiative is made possible through a training program that uses Careit-- a food donation and rescue platform for businesses to directly donate surplus foods to local nonprofits. 

Leann Edwards, Project Green Fork Program Manager stated, “By training these spaces on food waste reduction strategies, we’re creating a culture of reducing the environmental impact of food waste, while also addressing food insecurity in the community.”

Project Green Fork-certified Establishments and Members

  • A. Schwab Trading Co.
  • Another Roadside Attraction
  • Bar DKDC
  • Beauty Shop Restaurant
  • Bedrock Eats
  • Cafe Eclectic
  • Central BBW
  • Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
  • Cheffie’s
  • City & State
  • City Silo Table + Pantry
  • Comeback Coffee
  • Cordelia’s Market
  • Curb Market
  • Da Guilty Vegan
  • Dory
  • Ecco on Overton Park
  • Farm & Fig
  • Feast & Graze
  • Felicia Suzanne’s
  • Fratelli’s Cafe
  • Fuel Food Truck


  • Good Fortune Co.
  • Grind City Brewing
  • Huey’s Midtown
  • Inspire Community Cafe
  • Juice Bar
  • Libro at Laurelwood
  • Lulu’s Bakery
  • McEwen’s
  • Memphis Made Brewing
  • MemPops
  • Muddy’s Bake Shop
  • Napa Cafe
  • Otherlands Coffee Bar
  • RP Tracks
  • Salt | Soy
  • Tamboli’s
  • Trezevant Manor
  • Tsunami

Event Space Partners

  • Sheraton Memphis Downtown
  • Renasant Convention Center
  • Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
  • Christian Brothers University
  • FedExForum
  • Trezevant Manor
  • Rhodes College
  • Germantown Performing Arts Center
  • Shelby Farms Park FedEx Event Center
  • Shine in the Dark Commission
  • Fuel Memphis
  • Ecco on Overton Park
  • The Mad Grocer & Deli
  • Hive Bagel & Deli
  • Cafe Eclectic
  • Cordelia's Market
  • Tamboli's Pasta and Pizza
bbq nachos with sides of beans, Mac n cheese and potato salad
Project Green Fork

About the Author

Hello! I'm Jalyn Souchek, the Director of Content for I Love Memphis Blog! I love calling the 901 home. When I'm not running the blog you can find me cheering on the Grizzlies, at a concert, exploring a new restaurant or kicking back at one of our breweries. I hope you'll love experiencing Memphis with me.

Build your perfect Memphis meal:

I love to eat so if I were to have only one meal left.. I’m going all out. I’d start with an app of Gumbo Fries from Blue City Cafe or Bayou Fries from Chef Tam, wings from Good Fortune or Central’s (honey gold and Jamaican Jerk), potato salad from Fat Larry’s, side of bbq spaghetti from Bar-B-Q Shop, and fried okra from Soul Fish. All paired with a Beale Street Brewing Space Age Sippin’.

Your most memorable Memphis moment:

College GameDay on Beale Street. That was an electric and perfect morning. I was still working in news then and was able to take it in up close and on the stage at some points. The fun and joy of everyone down there that morning is unbeatable.

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