— As a way of recognizing, promoting, and inspiring local restaurants to implement sustainable practices, the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) is excited to announce Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza as the first recipient of the CRA’s Sustainability & Innovation Award, presented by WoodRiver Energy.
Founded in 1993 by legendary foodservice pro Bart Bortles, Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza is currently run by Bart’s son, Jon Bortles, who continues his father’s legacy of being a good steward of the community and the environment. Jon, an environmental studies graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, has turned his passion and education into reality at Woody’s, seeking out sustainable solutions for the restaurant across all aspects of operations. From investing in solar panels to retrofitting all lighting to LED to implementing a program that composts more than 14,000 pounds of food waste each month, Woody’s has shown incredible commitment to preserving the environment. Woody’s even opened its own version of a “ghost kitchen” in 2019, made from an upcycled, solar-powered shipping container, complete with a rooftop garden.
“We’ve always tried to do well by doing good, and that looks unique to each business,” said Jon Bortles. “For us, we knew we had to tackle the inefficiencies of our 100-year-old building while also addressing the elephant in the room: food waste. As an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, the sheer volume of food scraps that we generate is absurd. Thanks to the hard work of our staff, we now divert roughly 90% of our waste –the weight of a Boeing 737 airplane in food-waste alone – every year.”
“The average restaurant uses five to seven times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings, which is why it is so important to recognize the different ways Colorado restaurants can positively impact the environment,” said Don Krattenmaker, Vice President & COO, WoodRiver Energy. “We’re excited to partner with the Colorado Restaurant Association to provide solutions that help restaurants improve efficiency and operations.”
“We are thrilled to partner with WoodRiver Energy on this award and celebrate the many ways that Woody’s invests in the environment and the greater Golden community,” says Sonia Riggs, President and CEO of the CRA. “Bart Bortles was inducted into the Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame this year for his long career of service to the restaurant industry, and it’s wonderful to see his son, Jon Bortles, following in his father’s distinguished footsteps in this way, working to improve their family-run restaurant and the world we all live in.”
The CRA’s Industry Spotlight Awards event, during which Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza will be honored as the inaugural recipient of the Sustainability & Innovation Award, is Colorado’s only awards ceremony that recognizes outstanding hospitality professionals at all levels of the restaurant. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 3, 2021
at the Studio Loft at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House
(980 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80202), beginning at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the awards event can be purchased at: 2021 Industry Spotlight Awards - Registration (wufoo.com)
###About the Colorado Restaurant Association:
The Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) is dedicated to the enhancement and success of Colorado’s foodservice industry. Founded in 1933, the CRA is the leading trade organization for the state’s dynamic restaurant scene. The CRA represents, educates, and promotes a $14 billion industry comprising more than 12,000 eating and drinking establishments and 280,000 workers. corestaurant.org
About WoodRiver Energy:
Since 2014, WoodRiver Energy has provided cost-effective solutions for commercial, industrial, and educational customers to help manage energy costs. With the company’s energy management solution, ConnectedControl, restaurants can save up to 15 percent on their electricity and remotely monitor their restaurants. Our team of experts partner with customers to design an energy plan that fits their operations and budget.To learn more about WoodRiver’s energy solutions for Colorado Restaurant Association members, visit the: Colorado Restaurant Association