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Seacoast restaurants to promote plant-based options for Earth Day

PORTSMOUTH — With Earth Day fast approaching, Seacoast eateries are joining a local nonprofit to encourage plant-based foods and reducing environmental impact.

Spearhead by Seacoast Area Renewable Energy Initiative (SEAREI), local favorites are participating in “Planted for the Planet” from Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25.

The 22 participating restaurants will offer a variety of plant-rich menu items dubbed “Earth Day Entrées” for patrons to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Black Trumpet chef and owner Evan Mallett said his restaurant will take part in the “restaurant week type format” to highlight why consuming less meat and conducting more eco-friendly food practices are necessary.

“I don’t think we have a lot of time to waste in addressing the needs of trying to reverse climate change, which may or may not be possible,” he said, “but at least try mitigating it to a point where your grandkids are going to have a safe place to live in.”

Evan Mallett, chef and owner of the Black Trumpet restaurant in Portsmouth, is seen at his Pop Up NH spot in 2020.

Patrons are being asked to order Earth Day Entrées at participating restaurants, take a photo and post it to social media with the caption #PlantedForThePlanet. 

On April 22 and April 25, Planted for the Planet will be hosting “Take Out and Tune In” virtual events featuring local speakers well-versed in sustainability, farming, and eating.

Mallett will be one of the panelists on April 25, saying he was excited to be approached by SEAREI to speak on the importance of topics like local sourcing and plant diets.