On Safari Foods is a Seattle-based sustainable catering and corporate food service company.
What is sustainable catering?
Sustainable catering is the practice of sourcing seasonal, local produce whenever possible as well as 100% humanely raised protein and working to drastically reduce all forms of waste.
A commitment to sustainable catering
"Sustainable food is the production of food using techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. It's a way of food production that generates abundance while ensuring future generations can do the same," says Anna Lappe, author and sustainable food advocate.
At On Safari Foods, we understand that people want higher quality, better flavors, and the knowledge that what they are putting into their body was raised with care and without harmful pesticides or cruelty. As a Seattle caterer and food service provider, these issues have a direct effect not just on the food we make, but the way we operate as a company.
We conduct business based on key principles of sustainability.
Whenever possible, we buy only local ingredients that are currently in-season. Why? Locally grown food creates important economic opportunities, provides health benefits and helps to reduce environmental impact. By buying local, we are able to offer you food that is fresher while supporting our local farmers. The stronger our local farmers are, the more we ensure local goods can be grown and raised for generations to come.
We believe all food-producing animals should be raised in a healthy and humane manner so that everyone can have access to safe and humanely-produced food. We are the only large-scale Seattle caterer with a sustainable, humanely raised protein program. The cherry on top? Premium, locally sourced ingredients lead to healthier, higher quality, and all around tastier food.
At On Safari foods, we strive never to waste food; therefore any surplus food is donated to missions in the Seattle area. We compost our food scraps and offer compostable cutlery, napkins, plates, and to-go containers for clients. In addition to our standard recycling program for cardboard, plastics, and glass, we also recycle used cooking oil. We offer clients the option of reusable platters for sandwiches and salads instead of box lunches to reduce extra packaging waste.
Our partners in delivering sustainable food to you
Below you will find an ever growing list of our producers, along with that producer’s website or information. We encourage you to do your own research as well.
Salmon – Peter Pan Seafoods Bristol Bay (Wild. We never use farmed salmon.)
All other fish (except Trout) are caught wild and not farmed.
*Trout is all but impossible to source wild caught
Shepherd’s Grain direct seed, no till flour products
The largest local and organic program in the city. When they realized that the greatest impediment for a small farmer is getting their produce to market, they sent their trucks out to the farms North of Seattle and East of the mountains to gather these locally grown goods.
On Safari Foods has also been recognized as a partner in “Greener Fields Together” for our efforts to reduce waste, carbon footprint, and for our commitment to the use of sustainably grown products.
Sustainable food Facts
81% of Americans would like more food options that protect the environment.
A typical carrot travels 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table.
Up to 40 percent of the food in the United States is never eaten.
Over 95% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms, which focus on profit and efficiency at the expense of animal welfare.