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Dade City restaurant serves up green approach

DADE CITY — Glen and Gail Greenfelder are trying to take their iconic Kafe Kokopelli restaurant green.

And they want to bring their customers along with them.

A few months ago, the Greenfelders took on a new challenge at their Dade City restaurant. They did away with certain plastic and plastic foam products for an environmentally friendly alternative.

Now it seems Kafe Kokopelli is one of few east Pasco restaurants "going green," according to Gail Greenfelder who, with her husband, has run the downtown business for a dozen years.

"I'm doing my part," said Greenfelder, 62, who lives in Dade City. "We want to minimize our carbon footprint on the Earth."

And she says she hopes folks will follow suit.

So nowadays at Kokopelli, the straws are made in part with sugar cane and the takeout boxes are corn-based, Greenfelder says.

That way, instead of bulky products sitting in a landfill for decades, the new-school items will eventually break down and become compost.

Much better for the environment, Greenfelder says proudly.

When it's available, the restaurant's chef features organic produce in the signature dishes such as the fried green tomatoes and the popular house salad.

Sometimes the steaks, chops and chicken breasts are hormone-free, too.

Even Kokopelli's cleaning products are Earth-friendly.

Sometimes "green" items are pricier, Greenfelder says, but worth it. "We care about our customers and we want to do our best to have as minimal an impact on our Earth and to have as minimal an impact on our customer," she says.

And that doesn't necessarily mean higher menu prices either, she points out.

"The Earth is our home. We are stewards," she said. "We do not own this Earth. And we must do something to take the Earth out of peril."


Dade City dining

Kafe Kokopelli is at 37940 Live Oak Ave. in downtown Dade City. For information, call (352) 523-0055 or visit

Dade City restaurant serves up green approach 07/27/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 31, 2008 6:59pm]
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