State’s Oldest Vegan Restaurant Nominated for Travel Award

Susty’s Café Deserves Top Honors for Area Loyalty, Business Excellence, and Sustainability, Says PETA

For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Concord, N.H.

As the New Hampshire Travel Council solicits nominations for the travel awards slated for the 40th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism in May, PETA has nominated all-vegan Susty’s Café—which has been pleasing vegetarians, vegans, environmentalists, and the health conscious for 17 years—for the Business Excellence/Sustainability Award.

In its nomination, PETA notes that Norma Koski has been dishing up delicious vegan meals at Susty’s in Northwood since 1998, and her restaurant’s sustainable practices are exemplary and somewhat extraordinary. Susty’s recycles, composts, and even invites diners to bring their own containers and coffee cups to take orders to-go—and the restaurant uses local New Hampshire farmers’ produce whenever possible, including basil, kale, tomatoes, and maple syrup. Susty’s vegan cuisine—with standout dishes such as the roasted seitan, black bean burger, and famous tofu fries—has won praise from outlets as diverse as VegNews, New Hampshire Public Radio, and ABC Manchester, among others.

“PETA has heard from eco-conscious and animal-friendly diners across the U.S. who were drawn to New Hampshire by Susty’s healthy, hearty vegan platters, sandwiches, and wraps,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Susty’s Café sets the bar extremely high when it comes to dining that is as delicious as it is kind to animals and the environment.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that Susty’s sustainability doesn’t stop at the compost pile. The United Nations has concluded that a global shift toward a vegan diet is vital if we are to combat the worst effects of climate change, as animal agriculture accounts for as much as 50 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions. In addition, everyone who goes vegan saves more than 100 animals every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries.

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