Cameron Diaz believes empowerment involves being healthy — she leads a healthy lifestyle, only consuming foods that are sustainable, organic, and simple. While she’s been conscious about her eating habits, she didn’t always pay the same emphasis on her wine. She trusted that wines being advertised and marketed as organic would live up to that name. She believed, like most of us, that wine is simply fermented grapes.
But, she recently realized that most store-bought wines consist mostly of chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, fungicides, and other additives. She was horrified by this discovery, and so she set about investigating the matter. She learned that there’s a shocking lack of regulation and oversight in the wine industry. Manufacturers can basically slap the “organic” label on any bottle of wine, regardless of the production process.
Sundown at Granada, a lower Greenville Avenue neighborhood restaurant and beer garden has launched a new menu that is 70% organic and 99% non-GMO. Co-owner Michael Schoder says, “The entire reason we decided to launch a new menu was to move towards an organic and non-GMO menu and promote eating seasonally. We are finding ways to increase our organic options even more everyday.”
Executive chef Patrick Stark delivers an American menu with global flavors that is uniquely approachable using high quality local ingredients. He explains, “The Sundown menu is an equal opportunity one supporting vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, carnivore, gluten-free and paleo diets.” All of Sundown’s meat, dairy and eggs are organic. All the fish on the menu is wild-caught. The buns used are non-GMO (with gluten-free options) and gluten-free flatbread crust is also available. All fruits and vegetables are non-GMO. The menu also includes super foods like kale, quinoa, Swiss chard and more.