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Ingredients for a great party: Great clients

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New Resource Bank

What makes a lunchbox eco-friendly? What green hotel can store your mountain bike in style while you slumber on 300-thread-count sheets? What does it mean to be a GHG Protocol 3 zero carbon business? Everyone who talked with our friends from 3rd Stone Design, Basecamp Hotel, and AlterEco at our most recent annual client reception and showcase is now in the know.

The several hundred attendees at the Feb. 28 event benefited from New Resource’s organic and local food connections, sampling products from Mission Cheese, which provided selections from its “fresh and clean” and “like butter” categories. The eatery features local brewers, winemakers, coffee roasters, chocolatiers, charcutiers, and cheesemakers, including New Resource client Cowgirl Creamery. Cowgirl uses organic milk supplied by another bank client, Straus Family Creamery, which was on hand to talk about its farming operation in Tomales Bay.

Other food- and drink-purveying clients included 18 Rabbits (we dug the dates in their Haute Diggity Date organic granola bars); Albert and Eve Organics, which delivers locally sourced, minimally packaged fruit and veggie boxes to your door; and Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery, which offers several cask-conditioned ales that we thought would pair well with Hog Island Oysters’ Food Alliance Certified seafood. And they did!

Want to visit Hog Island’s oyster farm in Tomales Bay but don’t own a car? Our client City CarShare, the only nonprofit car-sharing service in the Bay Area, has your ride. Its reps mentioned their member-to-member RideShare service, which allows you to share a City CarShare trip with other City CarShare members. If car camping is more your speed, we hope you met the Lost Campers crew. The campervan with the inside bed and roof-top tent on the street outside our party? That was one of Lost Campers’ Sierra Class vehicles.

Other clients in attendance: Pacific Community Ventures, which helps create jobs and economic opportunity in lower-income communities; Yerba Buena Community Acupuncture, which offers relief from what ails you on a sliding scale; and Fireclay Tile, which creates ceramic products using sustainable manufacturing processes and recycled materials (if your kitchen could talk, it would beg for a backsplash made of something from the Debris series).

Thanks also go to Spice Kit (our next-door neighbor) and Grape Expectations for the delectable finger food and the excellent wine. 

See you next year!

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