Why Whole Food Matters

New In Deer Park, sweetgreen Has a Variety of Made-to-Order Meals Highlighting Healthy Ingredients.

Article by Nicholas Jammet

Photography by Stephen Neilson & Provided

Originally published in SW Lake Lifestyle

In 2007 three college classmates opened their first restaurant and called it sweetgreen (sic). Now the first sweetgreen has launched right here in SW Lake County, and we can’t wait to share our menu of fresh, flavorful, made-from-scratch bowls, plates, salads, sides, and more.

You may not have heard of us yet, but we’re in the business of feeding people, and we’re out to change what that means. We’re creating a new definition of ‘fast food’ that’s delicious, sustainable, and healthy. Food the whole family will love.

Our Roots

When my other co-founders (Nathaniel Ru and Jonathan Neman) and I were in college, there were two choices: food that was slow, expensive, and fresh — or fast, cheap, and unhealthy. We saw an opportunity to create a business where quality was never sacrificed for convenience. Just three months out of school, we started sweetgreen in Washington, DC.

Since then, we’ve become the go-to for millions of people looking for delicious, locally sourced food that’s made from scratch daily and limits waste. Today, sweetgreen operates over 215 locations around the country serving hearty, nutritious meals with local, organic, and sustainable ingredients from farmers we know and trust.

The Way We See Food

We make great food that tastes amazing because, to us, getting more people to eat well is our secret ingredient to changing the world.

The choices we all make about what we eat, where it comes from, and how it’s prepared have a direct and powerful impact on our health and mood, our neighborhoods, and the rest of the planet.

The easier we make it for all of us to embrace eating well — from how good it tastes, to how convenient it is to get, to how sustainable it is — the better off we’ll all be.

Our local sourcing and earth-friendly menu means that we’re already 30% less carbon intensive than the average American diet. We work closely with our suppliers to help implement industry-leading strategies for carbon minimization.

The Menu

Our core values — proudly displayed in every restaurant — guide our actions, and we aim to empower our customers, team members and partners to be a positive force on the food system. That’s why we’re building a transparent supply network, why we cook from scratch, and why we’re building a community of people who believe in the power of real food.

Bursting with variety, convenience, and quality, our menu is full of chef-curated bowls, plates, and salads overflowing with delicious, seasonal, local produce and dressed to impress — seriously, you’ve gotta try the spicy cashew dressing.

We’re always excited to add new ingredients to our menu that not only meet our food ethos but also deliver fresh, delicious flavors that we know the community will love.

We prioritize sourcing quality ingredients, with fresh produce delivered each morning. We have developed deep ties to producers in the state of Illinois, allowing us to build an extensive network of trusted farm partners. Currently, suppliers for sweetgreen include Gotham Greens (basil), Phoenix Bean (tofu), Lillie’s Q (honey barbecue sauce), Riveridge (apples), Mick Klug Farm (corn), and LaClare Creamery (goat cheese), to name a few. 

The Experience

Our local sweetgreen, located within Deer Park Town Center, is open daily from 10am to 9pm. The restaurant can accommodate 26 diners indoors, with room for an additional 24 people on the patio. Come on in and say hello or order online or on our app for easy pickup or delivery. With the sweetgreen app, you’ll also get exclusive access to special promos, rewards, challenges, seasonal specials and more.

Wholesome Food for a Workplace

Companies can invite nature into their workplace with an office program that delivers personalized, plant-forward meals at the same time every day. It’s called sweetgreen Outpost, a batch delivery program that brings locally sourced, made-from-scratch food to work. When a workplace participates with a sweetgreen Outpost, everybody enjoys:

  • Low fees on all orders
  • Healthy and delicious food made fresh to order
  • Easy individual ordering & in-app customization
  • Convenient pickup spot inside the workplace
  • Daily batched delivery (with no minimum orders)

About the Author: Nicolas Jammet is co-founder and Chief Concept Officer for sweetgreen. Learn more at Sweetgreen.com.

Some of the local suppliers for sweetgreen include Gotham Greens (basil), Phoenix Bean (tofu), Lillie’s Q (honey barbecue sauce), Riveridge (apples), Mick Klug Farm (corn), and LaClare Creamery (goat cheese).

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