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The Real-Cost Cafe Lets Visitors "Dine" Sustainably
February 2007Imagine a restaurant where the staff praises youor gently upbraids youdepending on the seafood choices you make. That's the idea behind the Real-Cost Cafe, a 1950s-style restaurant where visitors use touch-screen menus to select seafood dishes as a personable (but occasionally gruff) video chef, waitress and waiter comment on whether or not the seafood is sustainable.
The exhibit, which delivers a conservation message in a lighthearted manner, is honored by the Themed Entertainment Association at an awards ceremony in Anaheim, California, recognizing the Real-Cost Cafe as the outstanding aquarium exhibit of 2006 created on a limited budget. The Real-Cost Café shows how everyday choices at restaurants and fish markets can have very real effects on our ocean resources!