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Restaurants & the Truth About “Organic” Meals

Restaurants & the Truth About “Organic” Meals
The restaurant claims it’s organic. Can you trust it?

It’s complicated. If they’re making a reasonable effort to serve organic food, they can make the organic claim. Farmers endure a rigorous process for organic labeling. Those standards don’t apply to restaurants. In fact, a mix of mostly organic meat combined with non-organic meat can be called organic at a restaurant.

Different regulating bodies could be the reason for the disparity in classification. A lack of available organic ingredients may be the reason some “organic” restaurants don’t stick to 100 percent organic.

Businesses should be transparent, calling themselves sustainable or farm-to-table if those classifications are more appropriate than organic. It’s better to list specific efforts so customers know what they’re getting.

Listen as chef Abbie Gellman joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to discuss the truth behind “organic” restaurants.


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Featured Speaker:
Abbie Gellman, MS, RD
Abbie Gellman RDAbbie Gellman, MS, RD, is a professionally-trained chef and Registered Dietitian. Abbie has over 10 years of hospitality and food and beverage consulting experience and nearly 10 years of nutrition-related experience.

She received a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed a dietetic internship at New York – Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. Abbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and earned her Culinary Degree from Peter Kump's New York Cooking School (now known as ICE).

In addition to working with a wide variety of food service operators, Abbie also counsels and educates patients and groups in a private practice setting and cooks privately for individual clients.