Green Event Details: Gorgeous & Green 2011

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When you're a green organization, it goes without saying that you will be especially considerate of the environment when planning your special events. We asked our events manager, Nina Storm, for the scoop on the green event details of our Gorgeous & Green event in San Francisco on December 6, 2011. FOOD

General green event rules: Serve organic and sustainable food. Whenever possible, use produce from local farmers and merchants.

Gorgeous & Green 2011 details: Dinner from chefs Michael Mina, Joseph Humphrey, and Bill Corbett includes dishes made with locally-grown and sustainable ingredients, including a salad with organic beets and black cod with seasonal vegetable dumplings. Farm-to-table appetizers are from Taste Catering and include produce from Marin Sun Farms, K&J Orchard, Liberty Farms, Catalan Farms, and Zuckerman Farms.

DRINKS

General green event rules: Serve organic alcohol, juices, and soft drinks and wines that are organic and biodynamic. Use reusable glassware.

Gorgeous & Green 2011 details: Drinks are from 360 Vodka, Rutz Cellars, Korbel Organic California Champagne, Numi Tea. The specialty cocktail for the event is a Ginger Fizz, made with organic 360 Vodka, organic apple juice, organic lime juice, fresh ginger, and soda water.

VENUE

General green event rules: Book your event at a venue that is energy-efficient and practices sustainability.

Gorgeous & Green 2011 details: The Bently Reserve is a LEED-certified green building.

TRANSPORTATION

General green event rules: Encourage public transportation, carpooling, or travel in hybrid or electric vehicles.

Gorgeous & Green 2011 details: The new Lincoln MKZ hybrid from our sponsor was showcased outside the venue. Because San Francisco has an excellent public transportation system, many attendees are naturally taking the BART to the station right up the block.

PRINTED MATERIALS

General green event rules: Enlist a printing service that uses recycled paper and non-toxic ink for necessary printed materials, such as invitations and event programs.

Gorgeous & Green 2011 details: The program was printed on 100% recycled New Leaf Paper using soy inks by Leewood Press. Signs for the show were provided by Speedpro Imaging Marin.

FASHION & BEAUTY

Because this is a "Gorgeous & Green" event, with an eco-fashion show component, of course the fashion is good and green. Tonight's show features designs by Oliver Tolentino and other designers who use sustainable fabrics and materials. Non-toxic makeup was provided by Vapour Organic Beauty and haircare by Pureology (our generous sponsor).