The Mess Hall Poutinerie is dedicated to providing our customers high quality comfort food in a way that does not create a large environmental footprint. This means that we are conscious of where our food is sourced, how we prepare our food, how we dispose of it and even where you consume it in our dining room!
If you couldn’t already guess what our biggest food consumption is, it’s potatoes!
The Mess Hall has fresh, local potatoes delivered weekly from Downey Potato Farms located only 73.5 kilometres away in Shelbourne, Ontario. Not only are our potatoes farm to table which reduces fossil fuel consumption, they are also GMO free!
The Mess Hall uses a lot of oil in order to prepare a lot of french fries each day.
Our used cooking oil is collected by a company which reclaims and renews the oil and then returns it to the marketplace as a vital ingredient in lubricants and animal feed. In the past this same company has reused this oil by turning it into biodiesel.
In 2015 The Mess Hall filtered and saved their own used cooking oil for a dear friend who had converted his truck into a biodiesel consuming vehicle. All of the oil was used on a journey he embarked on to Northern Canada.
Paper Tray Liners – unbleached, made from 100% recycled fibre and are biodegradable and compostable
Take-Out Boxes – unbleached, made from 100% recycled fibre and recyclable
Take-Out Forks – unbleached, made from vegetable starch and are biodegradable and compostable
Napkins & Paper Towels – unbleached, made from 100% recycled fibre and are biodegradable and compostable
Take-out Bags– unbleached, made from 100% recycled fibre and are recyclable, biodegradable and compostable
Every ton of 100% post-consumer recycled paper products we buy saves:
- 12 trees
- 1,087 lbs of solid waste
- 1,560 kilowatts of energy (approx. 2 months of electric power required in an average home)
- 1,196 gallons of water
- 1,976 lbs of greenhouse gases (1,600 miles travelled in an average car)
- 3 cubic yards of landfill space
- 9lbs of HAPs, VOCs and AOXs combined
- 390 gallons of oil
(Sourced from Green Restaurant Association Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Restaurant Industry)
When you are sitting at our tables you are sitting at a tabletop made from up-cycled wooden floor joists hand crafted by owners Kain and Kristie. The table bases were all hand made by local blacksmith artists Armstrong and Carter Ironworks here in Georgetown and we’ve reused old school chairs as our seating.