Caterers rewarded in Eat Out Eat Well schemeBy Victoria Smith
June 25, 2012
Five Wokingham borough caterers have been awarded hearts of gold because their menus make it easier for customers to make healthy choices.
Called Eat Out Eat Well (EOEW), the new scheme rewards caterers for the ways they encourage healthy eating, either on their premises or as takeaways.
Sixteen outlets are the first to be rated under the new scheme, which was launched across the county to coincide with national Food Safety Week, running from June 11 to June 15.
The award scheme, which is being run by West Berkshire and Wokingham Environmental Health and Trading Standards Services, has three levels – bronze, silver, and gold, and is symbolised by an apple logo in the shape of a heart.
Five businesses locally have been awarded gold, seven silver and four bronze. They cover eight businesses and also eight outlets at the University of Reading.
The level of award is based on a scoring system that takes into account the type of food on offer, cooking methods, and how caterers promote healthy options to their customers.
Councillor Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for internal services at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “Whether sitting down or taking away, we’re very lucky to have such a wide choice of great places to eat across Wokingham borough.
“This scheme gives residents the information they need to better understand the food choices they make, to enjoy meals that are both healthy and delicious.”