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Indigenous Celebrated on Inaugural Good Food 100 Restaurants List

Indigenous has been recognized for its role in promoting good food and sustainable food systems on the first annual Good Food 100 Restaurants List from the Good Food Media Network.


The list is based on self-reported annual food purchasing data, independently verified by NSF Responsible Sourcing. Restaurants are rated with two to six links—symbolizing links in the food chain—based on the percent of total food costs spent to support state, regional and national ‘good food’ producers and purveyors. Indigenous earned a perfect score of six links. A corresponding economic assessment conducted by the Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder measuring the dollar impact locally, regionally and nationally by these restaurants will be available this summer.


“We applaud the Good Food Media Network on its efforts to encourage sustainability and responsibility in menu preparation,” said Steve Phelps. “It’s an honor to be recognized on the inaugural list.”


“Consumers are making a concerted effort to be aware of where their food is coming from. Now diners can select where they want to eat not solely based on a critic’s pick, Yelp review or best-of lists, but by which restaurants are actively contributing to the betterment of our food system through sustainable purchasing practices. The Good Food 100 is not only a compilation of these restaurants, it’s a celebration of them,” said Sara Brito, co-founder and president, Good Food Media Network. “Congratulations to all of this year’s participants. We look forward to expanding this list even more and honoring the many wonderful restaurants and food service businesses that are positively impacting every link in the food chain.”


Keeping with their mission of conscientious sourcing, Indigenous’ menu of seasonal American cuisine changes throughout the year based on ingredient availability. The restaurant was meticulously restored to complement its surroundings, the historic Towles Court district in downtown Sarasota. Inspired by Chef Phelps’ passion for food, the planet and the community, Indigenous uses perfectly executed techniques and carefully sourced local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients to give guests a unique and conscious dining experience.


Nearly 90 restaurants from 25 states participated in the national pilot survey. To learn more about the Good Food 100 and all the restaurants, visit the Good Food 100 website.


Methodology: Restaurants were segmented into five groups based on their respective level of good food purchases as a percentage of overall food purchases. The top cohort reporting good food purchases earned six rings—meaning that they reported the greatest percentage of good food purchases among the participating restaurants. The next cohort earned five rings and so on. Restaurants earning two rings reported some good food purchases. Those who participated but reported no good food purchases were designated as a “2017 participant.”