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Why you should go see "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste"

Why you should go see "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste"

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It’s not every day that a film comes out that captures the spirit and mission of who you are as a company. It’s like turning on the radio and hearing a song that seems to perfectly narrate what’s going on in your life at the moment (how did Taylor Swift know I was drinking a latte?!) We’ve been excited about Anthony Bourdain's documentary “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” since we saw the awesome trailer, so when it debuted, our team rushed to go see it. Spoiler alert: we loved it and here are 5 reasons why:

  • It’s not all doom and gloom. We’ll be the first to admit that think pieces on food waste are the second most depressing type of food literature behind the ingredient label on a Twinkie. Thankfully, “Wasted!” doesn’t dwell on exploring how heartbreaking waste is, which is already well documented, and instead offers an uplifting series of stories of the ways (big and small) that people all over the world are turning this problem into delicious and innovative solutions.

  • It’s inspiring and action-oriented. You’ll leave this movie excited to learn and do more because it’s essentially a buffet of awesome case-studies in positive change. Watching elementary school students in New Orleans get genuinely excited about composting is heart-warming and hopeful and seeing how Tristram Stuart is turning would-be-wasted bread heels into delicious beer will make you want to hoist a pint for the environment. Cheers to no waste! 

  • It’s gorgeously shot and mouth-wateringly delicious. If you just want to see green beans sliced into paper-thin ribbons with the epic slow-mo normally reserved for an episode of “Planet Earth,” you’ll find plenty of that here. This movie is basically an episode of “Chef’s Table,” lightly seasoned with a dash of environmentalism. You’ll also find plenty of food all-stars like Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, and Dan Barber sharing how chefs view food waste as a delicious challenge. The takeaway: some of our most beloved and iconic dishes from Bouillabaisse to Prosciutto di Parma were created to use up ingredients that might otherwise go to waste.

  • Anthony Bourdain is hilarious. Say what you will about Bourdain’s globe-trotting lifestyle and sarcastic New Yorker tone, but he really shines in this film. His narration knits together the pieces into a compelling story, but it's his irreverent yet heartfelt take on the issue of waste that won us over from the start. From the first frame, you understand that this isn’t going to be a dreadfully serious and stuffy film, it’s going to be an honest discussion of an issue that matters to everyone, in terms that you’ll relate to and enjoy.

  • It’s fun to talk about. This is a movie that invites great discussions. Afterwards, we found ourselves in the lobby of the theater firing ideas back and forth about how we could do more while debating what to cook for dinner. It really made us feel empowered to re-think everything in our refrigerators in the best way possible. If you haven’t seen it, check out the website to find a way to watch! 

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