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Eat'n Park Hospitality Group's Local Purchasing Program Reaches $23 Million; Increases Local Purchasing by 13%
Increases Local Purchases by 13%

Pittsburgh, PA, April 3, 20122012 – Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, including member companies Parkhurst Dining Services and Cura Hospitality, continues to source more than 20% of its food locally by procuring $23 million in food and beverage purchases from local companies in 2011, a 13% increase over 2010 local purchases. 

According to Jeff Broadhurst, CEO and President of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Eat’n Park restaurants accounted for more than $10 million in local spend; while Parkhurst Dining and Cura Hospitality spent a combined $13 million in support of local agriculture and business.  “Our success is made possible by a commitment that Eat’n Park Hospitality Group made over 12 years ago to enhance the freshness of its food by creating an innovative local purchasing program it calls FarmSource™, recognized in the industry as one of the top local purchasing programs.

 “The notion of buying from the farmer down the street evolved when I attended a Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) conference where I was eager to learn more about supporting local agriculture and how to partner with local suppliers in the community we do business,” said Jamie Moore, director of sourcing and sustainability for Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.  The response was overwhelming. 

Today, Moore helps to drive Eat’n Park Hospitality Group’s local sourcing by partnering with more than 200 of the finest local growers, family-owned farms and producers of food within a 125-mile radius of the organization’s service areas.  He also sits on the PASA board of directors and has been instrumental to bridging the gap between chefs and farmers by establishing a curriculum at PASA’s annual Farming for the Future Conference where they learn and support each others business.

Partnerships like the one Eat’n Park Hospitality Group has with Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance in Pittsburgh, PA, help to support more than 30 member farms that deliver fresh fruit, vegetables and other farm food products to customers in the Pittsburgh area.    “Our local partnership with Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance supports food grown in Southwestern Pennsylvania, all while we receive fresh and local products that Parkhurst Dining and Cura chefs prepare at our dining venues in Pittsburgh and surrounding regions, ” said Moore.

Moore attributes the increase in local purchases to some key factors.  “The increase in awareness of how far food travels from harvest to table is certainly driving local sourcing.  This decreases air pollution and the need for oil.  The other is the education and training we provide to our workforce on the benefits of buying local, whether it’s through our work with PASA, Slow Food USA, tours of farms and local producers of food.    We also encourage our suppliers to focus their purchasing efforts on procuring from local food producers.”

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group will continue to increase its local sourcing programs and expand its knowledge in bringing a more sustainable and farm-fresh dining experience to their guests.   “Knowing your source, where your food comes from and making good use of fresh and wholesome locally-grown food on our menus every day, while supporting local agriculture and producers of food, creates a win/win.   It’s just the right thing to do,” said Broadhurst.

About Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is a portfolio of foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining and winner of the National Restaurant Association’s 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award for community service. The restaurant division includes Eat’n Park Restaurants and two neighborhood bistro concepts: Six Penn Kitchen and The Porch At Schenley. Its contract foodservice division includes: Parkhurst Dining Services, a provider of contract dining services to businesses, higher education institutions and cultural centers; and Cura Hospitality; which enhances life around great food through contract dining and management services for regional hospitals and senior living facilities. Its e-commerce division includes SmileyCookie.com, Eat’n Park’s online gourmet cookie delivery company.  Additional information about Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is available online at www.enphospitality.com.

Contacts:

Grace Hoyer, Public Relations
Parkhurst Dining 
610-282-0916, office
610-349-0844, cell
ghoyer@parkhurstdining.com

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group's Local Purchasing Program Reaches $23 Million; Increases Local Purchasing by 13%
Increases Local Purchases by 13%

Pittsburgh, PA, April 3, 20122012 – Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, including member companies Parkhurst Dining Services and Cura Hospitality, continues to source more than 20% of its food locally by procuring $23 million in food and beverage purchases from local companies in 2011, a 13% increase over 2010 local purchases. 

According to Jeff Broadhurst, CEO and President of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Eat’n Park restaurants accounted for more than $10 million in local spend; while Parkhurst Dining and Cura Hospitality spent a combined $13 million in support of local agriculture and business.  “Our success is made possible by a commitment that Eat’n Park Hospitality Group made over 12 years ago to enhance the freshness of its food by creating an innovative local purchasing program it calls FarmSource™, recognized in the industry as one of the top local purchasing programs.

 “The notion of buying from the farmer down the street evolved when I attended a Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) conference where I was eager to learn more about supporting local agriculture and how to partner with local suppliers in the community we do business,” said Jamie Moore, director of sourcing and sustainability for Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.  The response was overwhelming. 

Today, Moore helps to drive Eat’n Park Hospitality Group’s local sourcing by partnering with more than 200 of the finest local growers, family-owned farms and producers of food within a 125-mile radius of the organization’s service areas.  He also sits on the PASA board of directors and has been instrumental to bridging the gap between chefs and farmers by establishing a curriculum at PASA’s annual Farming for the Future Conference where they learn and support each others business.

Partnerships like the one Eat’n Park Hospitality Group has with Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance in Pittsburgh, PA, help to support more than 30 member farms that deliver fresh fruit, vegetables and other farm food products to customers in the Pittsburgh area.    “Our local partnership with Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance supports food grown in Southwestern Pennsylvania, all while we receive fresh and local products that Parkhurst Dining and Cura chefs prepare at our dining venues in Pittsburgh and surrounding regions, ” said Moore.

Moore attributes the increase in local purchases to some key factors.  “The increase in awareness of how far food travels from harvest to table is certainly driving local sourcing.  This decreases air pollution and the need for oil.  The other is the education and training we provide to our workforce on the benefits of buying local, whether it’s through our work with PASA, Slow Food USA, tours of farms and local producers of food.    We also encourage our suppliers to focus their purchasing efforts on procuring from local food producers.”

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group will continue to increase its local sourcing programs and expand its knowledge in bringing a more sustainable and farm-fresh dining experience to their guests.   “Knowing your source, where your food comes from and making good use of fresh and wholesome locally-grown food on our menus every day, while supporting local agriculture and producers of food, creates a win/win.   It’s just the right thing to do,” said Broadhurst.

About Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is a portfolio of foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining and winner of the National Restaurant Association’s 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award for community service. The restaurant division includes Eat’n Park Restaurants and two neighborhood bistro concepts: Six Penn Kitchen and The Porch At Schenley. Its contract foodservice division includes: Parkhurst Dining Services, a provider of contract dining services to businesses, higher education institutions and cultural centers; and Cura Hospitality; which enhances life around great food through contract dining and management services for regional hospitals and senior living facilities. Its e-commerce division includes SmileyCookie.com, Eat’n Park’s online gourmet cookie delivery company.  Additional information about Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is available online at www.enphospitality.com.

Contacts:

Grace Hoyer, Public Relations
Parkhurst Dining 
610-282-0916, office
610-349-0844, cell
ghoyer@parkhurstdining.com