College Park 2/13/2013 1:36:50 AM
News / Green

La Prima Food Group Becomes a 
3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®: The Greenest Caterer in the State of Maryland

La Prima Food Group has been certified as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit helping restaurants become more environmentally sustainable. The prestigious certification makes La Prima the greenest caterer in the D.C metropolitan region.

The GRA rates organizations based on their sustainable practices in these seven categories: Disposables, Energy Usage, Food, Furnishings and Building Materials, Chemical Reduction, Waste, and Water Usage. Receiving 237.22 GreenPoints™ on the GRA’s rigorous certification scale, La Prima Food Group went 137.22% above and beyond the minimum requirements necessary for certification, earning the highest point rating of any caterer in the D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia regions.

La Prima has earned this certification by implementing the most environmentally conscious business practices and encouraging customers and employees to "Dine Green." Widely known for our farm to table services, La Prima continues to work towards providing patrons with the freshest foods, grown locally. With an onsite garden and nearby partner farms, La Prima shows its commitment to healthy, sustainable foods and local businesses.

Another highlight of La Prima’s prestigious green certification is becoming a Near-Zero Waste™ Caterer through the use of comprehensive composting and recycling. La Prima utilizes onsite composting of all garden waste and food trimmings, dramatically reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Furthermore, La Prima only offers recycled and bio-based disposables for drop off service, encouraging customers to do their part as well.

Highlights of La Prima's Green Accomplishments: 

  •     Sustainable Lighting: CFLs and T8 Lamps
  •     30% of Main Dishes are Vegetarian
  •     Near-Zero Waste™ Restaurant
  •     Recycled and Bio-based Disposables

To See La Prima Food Group's detailed Green Label and all its environmental steps, click here.

"La Prima Food Group has taken 66 environmental steps to source sustainable food, divert waste from landfills, and so much more," says Michael Oshman, CEO and Founder of the Green Restaurant Association. "With more than 237 GreenPoints™, La Prima reigns as the greenest caterer in the state of Maryland!"

"We are extremely proud of our ongoing efforts to provide the most sustainable catering in the mid-Atlantic region," said La Prima President Dave Evans. "Our commitment to environmentally conscious business practices is motivated by our loyal customers and staff. We feel privileged to play a leading roll in supporting ethical, responsible food practices."

About La Prima Food Group 
La Prima Catering kitchens operate in five locations throughout the Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia metro regions, providing unsurpassed service that is fast and flexible. The company’s Catering by Seasons division offers a delicious, contemporary menu full of imagination and style for memorable special events such as weddings, corporate galas, religious celebrations and other important occasions. Its “Seeds to Celebration” program provides fresh-from-the-garden, elegant and sustainable events that support local farms and protect the environment. The company’s “H Generation” division provides a nutritious school lunch program for area schools.

About the Green Restaurant Association 
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) is the only official certifier of Green Restaurants® in the country. The national non-profit organization was founded in 1990 to shift the restaurant industry toward ecological sustainability. For 20 years, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement and currently works with over 850 restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a transparent and turnkey Certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to profit and become more environmentally sustainable. As the industry standard for Greening restaurants, the GRA has the world’s largest database of environmental solutions for the foodservice industry. In 2009, the New York State Restaurant Association announced its official endorsement of the GRA, joining EPA Energy Star for Small Business, and several other national environmental groups. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and in The New York Times, and The Washington Post. For more information visit