F&B Goes Green at Chattanooga Convention Center

While many convention centers are going green, the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., is also growing green, according to local newspaper the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which reported this month that the convention center will soon begin serving locally grown produce to its guests.

According to the paper, the convention center has contracted with T&T Produce, a distributor of fruits and vegetables, which will in turn contract with local farmers in order source fresh produce for the convention center.

"It's about supporting the community, getting better food in here and doing the right thing," Keith Quatrano, the convention center's executive chef, told the Times Free Press. "We are trying to be as green as possible."

Because the produce is grown locally, it has a shorter distance to travel from field to plate, which means it has a smaller and more environmentally friendly carbon footprint.

It also means it's fresher, added the convention center's assistant director, Mike Shuford. "It's local produce, and we are trying to keep our money local as much as possible," he said. "The product will be in the field one day and we will be serving it three days later."