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Published on : Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Cheers! The Julian Group is launching the beer “Julian 15″ on Friday the 15th of May 2015 at 15:00 at Restaurant Julian, Toldboden and in the Greenhouse at Copenhagen Street Food on PapirØen (The Paper Island) – all located in Copenhagen.
“We are celebrating our 15th anniversary, and it made sense to toast with our own beer! We have chosen a local brewery that produces quality beer, which also has the added benefit of reducing CO2 emissions. A Czech-style pilsner is great with many of the dishes that are served at the National Museum, Toldboden and Copenhagen Street Food. This version is the first, as we will have an organic Julian 15 in the near future, ” says restaurateur Jesper Møller, of Restaurant Julian, Toldboden as well as Copenhagen’s first street food market – Copenhagen Street Food on The Paper Island.
The first menu with CO2 calculations
With restaurateur Jesper Julian Møller in charge, Restaurant Julian is the first restaurant in Denmark that has a menu approved as climate-friendly by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. In collaboration with scientists from The University of Copenhagen, Restaurant Julian made a climate-friendly menu in 2008. This was the beginning of an increased focus on sustainability.
“At that time, the knowledge about sustainability was less than today, however we contacted researchers from the The University of Copenhagen about the menu. They studied how much CO2 a climate-friendly menu produced compared to a traditional menu. This was a definitely an eye-opener,” says Jesper Møller.
The researchers found that if the Argentine steaks and exotic fruits were replaced with a climate-friendly menu based on local produce, you could save 1,000 gr. CO2 per meal. The amount of CO2 emissions, you avoid by choosing the climate-friendly menu, will be the same amount of CO2 that you produce by driving 10 kilometres by car!
Local, seasonal and outdoor
Since then, The Julian Group’s restaurants have followed the principles of using produce that are local, seasonal and free-range both regarding cooking, decorations and furnishing. As an example, Toldboden is reusing the heat from the kitchen to warm up the place.
At Copenhagen Street Food, discarded mussel shells are used as insulation, as well as to create a better acoustic.
Restaurant Julian’s focus on climate-friendly food has received much attention, e.g. from The New York Times. In 2009, Restaurant Julian had the honour of serving mayors from around the world a climate-friendly dinner at Toldboden during COP15. In 2010 Restaurant Julian received the Green Business Award for the work on climate-friendly food.
Dedicated to its mission to reduce the emissions of CO2, Restaurant Julian and Toldboden are KLIMA + restaurants and prominent members of the Green Climate Business – a network focusing for companies working proactively to reduce their CO2 emissions – an important association whose ambition is, that Copenhagen will the world’s first CO2 neutral capital by 2025.
Copenhagen Street Food also supports the biodynamic farm Thorshøjgaard and the conservation of the Original Red Danish Dairy Breed – which is shown in the documentary “Good Things Await”, directed by Phie Ambo.