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SAN ANTONIO (June 18, 2019) – Today is “Sustainable Gastronomy Day,” a day designated by the United Nations to promote agricultural development, food security, nutrition, sustainable food production, and the conservation of biodiversity. Communities all over the world are emphasizing the role that sustainable gastronomy can play, and that cultures and civilizations are contributors of sustainable development.
In San Antonio, which has been a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy since 2017, Chef Steve McHugh has been leading by example in food sustainability. The owner of Cured is also a designated Leader in the Smart Catch program, an educational sustainable seafood program of the James Beard Foundation that aims at increasing the sustainability of the seafood supply chain. Smart Catch provides training and support to chefs so they can serve seafood fished or farmed in environmentally-responsible ways. As a Smart Catch Leader, McHugh joins chefs from cities across the country that lead industry efforts to maintain healthy, sustainable food sources. Cured earned the Smart Catch designation in 2018, and is one of only two restaurants in Texas – along with Lucky Robot Restaurant in Austin – to be part of the program.
"At Cured, we have always put a heavy spotlight on our produce and meat purchasing, and we had never really thought of the consequences of our seafood purchases,” McHugh said. “By enrolling in the James Beard Foundation's Smart Catch program we now have a way to audit and hold ourselves accountable for supporting a safe seafood supply chain. Being a Smart Catch leader continues our commitment to sustainably sourced seafood, and influences others in the industry to come ride the wave with us."
As a UNESCO Creative City, San Antonio is committed to enhancing the sustainability of our community through the promotion and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
For more information on San Antonio as a Creative City of Gastronomy, visit https://www.sanantonio.gov/WorldHeritage/Programs/CreativeCities.