The Carob Tree Food Court not only offers an excellent array of food and drink outlets, it also offers a connective dining environment in which guests can network in the heart of the bustling St Julian’s Bay. Food courts bring people together, they dish up flexibility and atmosphere. This food court however, is pioneering change and incorporating sustainability into their operations.
Spinola Park as a development nestles into the hill of St Julian’s, the development boasts 1200sqm of terrace space with lush green trees and vegetation. Carob Tree is the heart of the park, with several outlets currently promoting a variety of different cuisines. There are plenty of vegetarian options available for the meat free also. Gluten free options and other dietary requirements are also well catered for, they even have special ice creams!
The Carob Tree has recently devised and launched an in-house Sustainability Strategy in collaboration with Gayle Murphy from Global Green Events. Recognizing that responsible hospitality needs to work from multiple directions, both vendors and consumers will be encouraged to make conscious choices and work together to hit the Carob Tree Sustainability goals.
This commitment towards implementing some effective measures around waste reduction and responsible service gears them towards a sustainable certification for the entire food court community. While the food court is aiming for Bronze certification, the individual outlets will have the opportunity to aim for Silver or Gold. The sustainability goal by the end of Q2 is to have a no single use plastic policy, have compostable disposables only and to have a full recycling system in-house.
For waste reduction week in 2018, The Carob Tree launched three initiatives: a stylish stainless steel straw initiative where customers could purchase a branded rose gold stainless steel straw at wholesale price, ‘No Junk Mail’ stickers which were given to customers when validating their parking, and the introduction of their educational colouring book on reducing, reusing and recycling for children.
Complementing this stylish food court is The Pod. The Pod is located inside of Carob Tree and is a multi-purpose studio which can host public or private events, and offer a creative and unique space for workshops. It is a fully flexible space with two kitchen set ups, flexible lighting, video/audio recording capabilities and more.
In an effort to contribute towards corporate social responsibility, The Pod will be made available to local NGOs and CSOs who require a space for collaboration and educational workshops. The Carob Tree recently hosted a butchery workshop promoting responsible consumption of meat through a no waste nose to tail course. They are planning on hosting a number of sustainable workshops going forward this year.
We look forward the launch of their sustainable hospitality community – keep an eye out for positive developments.