No one can ever say that Boulder lacks a focus on sustainability and localized sourcing of a number of resources. In fact, that’s what makes Boulder the perfect place for the nonprofit Local Food Shift.
Local Food Shift works to promote the use of locally sourced ingredients in businesses and in homes. Of course, even they will admit that the term “local” has a different definition for many people. It could mean within the state for some and within the city limits for others.
Regardless of how local you source your food, West Flanders, Sticker Giant, and Local Food Shift invite you to celebrate local food, local brews, and local businesses all in one night on Thursday, April 3rd, from 4 pm to 7 pm at Brewed in Boulder: A Happy Hour to Benefit Local Food.
West Flanders has brewed up a special collaboration beer for the event that’s 100% locally sourced within Boulder and they’ve generously agreed to donate $1.00 of each beer sold to Local Food Shift. Co-host Sicker Giant is matching the donation dollar for dollar, so basically, for every beer you drink that night, $2.00 goes right to this great nonprofit.
We would never promote excessive drinking, but you know, you’re drinking for charity, so it wouldn’t hurt to knock off work a little early and belly up to the bar for a good cause. Maybe invite a friend or two to keep your consumption low on a school night yet keep the dollars flowing in for a good cause.
Of course, after this event is over, you can continue to do your part by supporting the local food market after the event on Thursday by taking the 10% pledge.
Relax, no one is asking you to tithe or anything. The 10% pledge is Local Food Shift’s campaign to get everyone, both individuals and businesses, to commit to dedicating 10% of your food budget each month to buying local food, instead of food from the far flung reaches of the world.
There’s not really a downside to this pledge, quite honestly; you help support the local food economy and in return, you get fresh, healthy produce with an originating address right here in Colorado. If you want to find out where you can get locally sourced ingredients, Local Food Shift has a handy directory on their site, to help you find food sources.
However, beer things first. This Thursday, do your part for the local economy and come drink local beer at West Flanders to support locally sourced food. The nonprofit will be there as well to answer any questions you might have about how you can better support your Boulder food economy.