Brandi Marter and her team at Bedrock Eats & Sweets are serious about eating well. They’re also serious about doing good. When we met them, they had already voluntarily adopted most of the PGF standards.
Brandi says, “We looked around and realized we were doing really bad with sustainability: so much plastic! After a week’s worth of research we found better products to replace the plastic ones. We offset pricing to balance the new costs. To go orders now have a $1 to-go fee. Items in the case went up $.25. Almost all of our containers are compostable now. Feedback from customers was overwhelmingly positive. All of this makes us feel good about ourselves.”
Bedrock is a gluten-free restaurant that caters to anyone looking for real food and deliciousness. Paleo followers and persons with allergies are welcome. So are people who love a great waffle. The atmosphere is welcoming and tidy, the sort of place that’s equally appropriate for Saturday brunch and a grab-and-go dinner. With a considerable portion of their business to-go, Bedrock’s concerted efforts to compost and source sustainable containers make a big impact. So do their efforts to reduce food waste on the front end.
“If there is extra uncooked food left from a food truck event that I can’t use at Bedrock, we share with a neighboring restaurant. We use quality ingredients, so we can’t afford to waste them,” says Brandi.
If you haven’t visited Bedrock yet, put it on your list. Use one of their fun mugs while you’re enjoying a slow cup of coffee. Your taste buds and your desire to support sustainable local businesses will be equally satisfied.
Bedrock Market & Cafe is located at 327 S. Main in the South Main neighborhood. The Market & Cafe is open Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. They also offer online ordering and multiple pick-up locations throughout Shelby County. For more information, call 901-512-5374 or visit them on their website, Facebook, or Instagram.