Welcome to Alnoba’s ChangeMaker Supper Club series. For this month we will focus on tackling global issues with a localized approach. Sustainable Seacoast is an emerging organization, founded and run by Kate Harris and Keith Tharp. They are sharply focused on the elimination of single-use plastics in the Seacoast’s restaurant industry. They will be digging in on the impact they have already had working closely with restauranteurs and consumers alike to better their consumption habits and improve their overall sustainability. The night will be filled with conversation, story-telling and good company—and of course, you can expect a scrumptious meal of sustainable food from The Farm at Eastman’s Corner.
Raised by two environmental activists, Kate studied Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Her focus was in Recreation Management, however, deviated while pursuing a career in civil service then photography. Kate’s commitment to the environment endured in her personal life with growing fervor. And after refusing as many single-use items as possible from her day to day, felt that hopping across the counter was more impactful. Together with husband, Keith, they decided to affect change on a larger scale hoping to educate others on the single-use dilemma locally. Thus Sustainable Seacoast was born.
Keith Tharp is co-founder and executive director of Sustainable Seacoast. Sparked by a trip to a particularly wasteful ice cream shop, he and his wife Kate transformed their lifelong passion for the environment into what became Sustainable Seacoast. Working as consultants and facilitators, Sustainable Seacoast explores practical and sustainable alternatives to disposable processes in restaurants. In its first year, Sustainable Seacoast has worked with 28 restaurants and businesses and has added zero waste event planning to their list of successes. Learn more about Keith’s work with Sustainable Seacoast by checking out his 2018 TEDx talk.
5:00 PM | Cocktail Hour
Arrive at Alnoba early for an optional cocktail hour for networking and a tour of the main building of Alnoba.
6:00 PM | Dinner Served in the Great Room
The Farm at Eastman’s Corner will be serving a farm fresh meal in the Great Room. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. The evening’s menu is vegan and will feature:
thai stir fry
bok choy, shikou eggplant, water chestnuts, chili & sweet soy sauce on coconut jasmine rice
tofu, agave nectar, biscuits, fresh mango
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Question & Answer
8:00 PM | Program Ends