Check Out Eco Dining at Vancouver’s UBC Perch Restaurant

Perch-Patio 01For students, and visitors to the UBC campus, life got a little more delicious recently with the opening of the brand new Perch restaurant on top of the new AMS Student Nest building. Next time you visit the world class Museum of Anthropology out at UBC, make time to pop into Perch for a meal and you’ll see what all the flap is about. Forget all your preconceived ideas about student union mac and cheese or mystery meat burgers, Perch is offering an inspired and affordable menu sourced from local and sustainable ingredients.Perch-Salmon with confit potatoLeading up the Perch is chef Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson, who was trained in Michelin-starred restaurants in Germany and honed his skills at local restaurant, the Pear Tree –whose chef Scott Jaeger represented Canada in the prestigious Bocuse D’Or Culinary Competition. Visitors to Perch will be able to get a taste of B.C.’s famously delicious fresh produce, as the menu will feature sustainably-sourced seasonal ingredients from an organic food broker, UBC’s organic farm as well as The Nest’s own rooftop garden.

Perch plan to make their restaurant an eco-friendly option, which includes serving only organic, shade grown and Fair Trade coffee, and implementing a comprehensive recycling and composting program. The team at Perch have also made a commitment to use only 100% Ocean Wise seafood on its menu, so diners can enjoy local seafood in season and other sustainable  treats such as Albacore tuna, Pacific cod and Steelhead Trout guilt-free. Pair these delights with B.C. wines and craft beers or even craft cocktails using locally-distilled spirits.

Perch-Dining SpaceThat commitment to eco-ideals comes from the ground up: the Nest is a brand new, $107 million, five-storey, 250,000-square-foot building with environmental initiatives such as displacement & passive ventilation, solar-powered heating & cooling, CO2 monitoring and storm water management and retention in place. So, head up to Perch, order up something sustainable and tasty, and enjoy a side order of panoramic views of the campus and lush west side of Vancouver.

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