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Interview with Paul S. Warner, Oregon Zoo, 2006 (audio)


Paul S. Warner

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Sustainability -- Oregon -- Portland, Oregon Zoo, Restaurant Menus


Interview of Paul S. Warner by Kelly Goodwin on August 10th, 2006.


Paul S. Warner became the Executive Chef at the Oregon Zoo in 1999. His responsibilities have included overseeing the menu, staff, and catering at the zoo, as well as the annual creation of Packy's birthday cake. He earned an AOS in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Art Institute (CIA) in 1981.


Paul Warner is the Executive Chef for the Oregon Zoo, where he is in charge of food services at the Zoo including the Cascade Grill, catering private events, and Zoo concert concessions. Part of the Zoo’s sustainability goal is using local ingredients when possible, partly to achieve a high quality product, as well as to combat rising shipping prices due to fuel costs. The Oregon Zoo participates in the Seafood Watch program when choosing their sources for seafood on their menus. They choose to use biodegradable utensils and products when possible, as they compost, on-site, at the Zoo. Though the Zoo is an entertainment venue, it is also a conservation effort, and their approach to serving meals at the facility follow a similar approach: entertainment, value, and conservation.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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