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Mr. Clark

Jeff Clark

Manager, Sustainability & Nutrition, Member Engagement, National Restaurant Association

Jeff Clark manages the sustainability and nutrition restaurant education and engagement programs at the National Restaurant Association. He is a passionate advocate for helping the restaurant industry shift towards more environmentally friendly behaviors through minimizing energy and water use, sourcing food with the environment in mind, and minimizing food waste.

Mr. Clark has performed energy and water audits in restaurants and is actively working to reduce food waste both as part of the Association efforts and via the Food Waste Reduction Alliance.  He is also relaunching and revitalizing the Association's Kids LiveWell voluntary initiative, where participating restaurants provide healthier-for-you kids meals with reduced calories, fat, and sugar.

Mr. Clark speaks regularly to the public and restaurateur audiences about environmental issues, helped create more than 80 online educational videos, and crafts sustainability reports like The State of Restaurant Sustainability, 2018 Edition and the Fats, Oils, Greases Toolkit.

When he is not working, Mr. Clark is experimenting with food waste recycling in his Bethesda, MD backyard via regular composting and vermicomposting. He uses this compost in a family garden with his wife and two young children. He is also an avid photographer, foodie, and traveler.

Like many individuals, Mr. Clark's first job was in the restaurant industry. He scooped ice cream for three years while in high school (favorite flavor: chocolate peanut butter). Mr. Clark worked at seven different restaurants as a server and bartender, while earning two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University.

Please visit http://www.restaurant.org for more information.

Mr. Clark can be contacted at +1 202-973-5389 or jclark@restaurant.org

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.