Toasted Pepita Pesto
Pesto can be made with almost any nut or seed one desires; this recipe uses pepitas. Toasting the pepitas releases their oils and deepens their flavor for a delicious take on the classic. Serve over whole wheat pasta thinned with a bit of pasta cooking water and topped with halved cherry tomatoes, torn fresh basil leaves, and a sprinkling of Parmesan.
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Pursuing a Plant-Forward Future
Research continues to link eating more plants to better health for both our bodies and the environment. As a company, we are committed to a plant-forward future. Our chefs plate plants first, making them the star of the dish, while using meat and fish as strategic accents.
Meeting Many Needs
At Bon Appétit, we plan café-specific menus and cook from scratch in each location. From simmering stocks to finishing sauces and roasting meats, our approach to food allows us to provide fresh foods from whole ingredients. Our approach allows guests to customize many cafe options to meet their personal dietary goals. We love to hear from you and can assist you in identifying your choices or even prepare foods to meet your needs.
Our Well-Being Commitments
We take a macro view of wellness. Our menus are designed not just to optimize your health, but to help our communities and environment thrive, too. We know our guests have a range of interest in and knowledge of health and nutrition. We aim to meet you where you are and to give you the information and choices that you’re looking for.
Farm To Fork
Farm to Fork is a companywide initiative to buy locally, formalized in 1999. Our first choice is to purchase seasonal ingredients from small, owner-operated farms and ranches within a 150-mile radius of your café — at least 20 percent of every dollar we spend. Food grown locally is fresher, better tasting, and often has greater nutritional value. Our commitment to local food is about preserving biodiversity, protecting open space, supporting family farmers, and keeping money invested in your community.
A sustainable future for food service means flavorful food that’s healthy and economically viable for all, produced through practices that respect farmers, workers, and animals; nourish the community; and replenish our shared natural resources for future generations.
—Bon Appétit Management Company’s definition of sustainability
Our path toward greater social responsibility and sustainability started as a quest for flavor. When you cook from scratch, you want the freshest ingredients. That led us to launch our Farm to Fork program back in 1999, long before local food became the phenomenon it is today. Working directly with farmers and ranchers opened our eyes to the many problems of our modern food supply: while it is abundant and cheap, it has many hidden costs, such as environmental pollution and worker abuse.
We want to play a part in making it better.
Leading by example
We are proud to be the first food service company to commit to:
- Supporting local agriculture (with a defined purchasing target), since 1999
- Striving to serve only seafood that meets Seafood Watch® sustainability guidelines for commercial buyers, since 2002
- Reducing antibiotic use in farm animals (2003)
- Serving rBGH-free milk (2003)
- Switching to cage-free shell eggs (2005) and cage-free liquid eggs (2016)
Do you have a specific question about nutrition or the foods that are served in your Bon Appétit café? Please browse the previously asked questions below or contact our wellness team using this form.