Main Event Caterers, an award-winning catering and event planning company, has announces its use of aquaponic farming at their Arlington, Virginia headquarters. Aquaponics was the subject of California Farmer's June, 2012 cover story. Main Event Caterers is at the forefront of sustainable business.
A cutting-edge form of urban farming, Aquaponics is a closed-loop ecological system combining aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless plant culture). Both fish and plants are grown in one body of water, using one infrastructure wherein water circulates through the fish tanks, filters and plant beds and then flows back to the fish tanks, completing the loop. The nutrient-rich water that results from raising fish provides a natural source of fertilizer for the growing plants, which then helps to purify the water the fish live in. This natural microbial process helps sustain an environment in which both fish and plants can survive.
The forward-thinking caterers say the rewards of this system are expansive, not only for the environment, but for the business itself. "Less water and fertilizer use, the ability to grow a large volume of crops in a small space, and the value of our clients knowing exactly where their food comes from are just a few of the benefits we've experienced," says Joel Thevoz, CEO of Main Event Caterers.
A three-time winner of the EcoLeadership Award, Main Event Caterers has shown their commitment to providing an all-encompassing "green" experience for their clients. Along with the aquaponic farming system, Main Event Caterers takes various steps to achieve a green operation by using the most up-to-date techniques including: wind and solar-powered electricity, 100% compostable materials, geothermal heat transfer, mainstay crop production, rain water reclamation and more.
"Our commitment to sustainable initiatives runs deep," says Nancy Goodman, Co-Founder of Main Event Caterers. "Everything we do within our daily operations is motivated by our dedication to protect and preserve the environment while providing an entirely green experience to our clients."
Main Event Caterers is noted for its sustainable catering and entertaining, and has been previously recognized as 2010 Caterer of the Year by Catering Magazine, as well as the 2010 and 2011 Winner for Best of Weddings by Popular Vote, by The Knot. The Arlington-based catering and event planning company is located at 3870 Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington.