Laughing Planet chuckles its way to top restaurant honors

Laughing Planet captured the Nature Conservancy's top local green restaurant award.

The Laughing Planet Café has captured top local honors in a Nature Conservancy eatery contest.

The Portland cafes won The Nature Conservancy’s Nature’s Plate award for the Portland area. The award honors restaurants that promote healthy food and healthy environments.

The second-annual contest named Laughing Planet tops among “green restaurants” around town. Runners-up for the contest were Bamboo Sushi, Dick’s Kitchen and Verde Cocina.

Laughing Planet Café features 10 locations throughout the Willamette Valley. It’s a quick-service outlet that uses locally sourced organic ingredients and “globally inspired flavors.”

“As a restaurant that truly believes in and abides by our commitment to sustainability, environmental awareness and education, fresh and healthy organic produce, and directly supporting a local agricultural economy, it’s great to see first-hand that putting our money where our mouth is when it comes to these issues definitely resonates with our customers,” said Matty Byloos, the company’s marketing director.

Nature Conservancy staffers have long worked with food producers to craft sustainable food programs. For instance, it has teamed with Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery in Netarts Bay to bring Olympia oysters, which is the West Coast’s only native oyster.

The group’s restaurant contest honored spots in 19 states.

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