G-Zen in Branford Wins 'Nature's Plate' Award

Mark and Ami Beach Shadle, G-Zen

Mark and Ami Beach Shadle, owners of G-Zen in Branford (HANDOUT/G-ZEN / October 17, 2013)

G-Zen in Branford has emerged as the victor in The Nature Conservancy's 2013 Nature's Plate Award for the state of Connecticut, as chosen by voters.

The contest honors sustainable, organic or farm-to-table restaurants in the country.  LeFarm in Westport, Seagrass Grill in Branford, Six Main in Chester and Zinc in New Haven were also among the five contenders for the recognition.

G-Zen, owned and operated by Mark and Ami Beach Shadle, is a vegan and raw-food eatery with a focus on sustainability and eco-conscious cuisine. The Shadles grow organic produce for the restaurant and their food truck, Gmonkey Mobile, at their solar-powered Durham farm, composting waste. G-Zen marks its second anniversary on the shoreline this week.

"...To be recognized on a local level for all of our hard, hands on labor and sustainable business practices, makes our labor of love that much sweeter," the Shadles said in a statement. "We couldn’t be more honored to accept this award and become leaders in the community in raising awareness about the importance of becoming more sustainable and more responsible as business owners."

G-Zen is at 2 East Main Street in Branford. 203-208-0443, g-zen.com.

 

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