blynk organic, a provider of organic meals for breakfast and lunch, has brought its healthy fare to the South Park Mall. Located at the exterior edge of the mall food court, the blynk kiosk served its first lunch on Wednesday, December 16.
According to blynk Manager Ernest Clingon, the restaurant aims to be a “one-stop eatery for healthy fast food choices.” The South Park location is blynk’s second for the locally owned restaurant. The original Uptown location, in the lobby of 200 South Tryon Street, has been operating since September 2008.
Everything that blynk serves is made fresh from approximately 80% organic ingredients. The food is prepared offsite under the supervision of a chef and is brought to the restaurant only for reheating and refrigeration. Blynk offers options for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. The meats are “all natural” with no antibiotics and from animals that were raised and slaughtered humanely.
While the South Park location awaits a city license for a salad bar, it serves items that are popular Uptown. They offer a choice of three soups, boxed green salads, a hummus and tabouli salad, and grain pilafs of couscous or brown rice. They also provide a number of sandwich options, including ATM or avocado, tomato, and mozzarella cheese with pesto and a grilled fresh tuna wrap with jasmine rice and the sweet and sour spike of preserved lemon and pickled ginger. A variety of unusual dressings are available for sandwiches and salads, including a spicy eggplant, sundried tomato, and cilantro yogurt.
In addition to its commitment to providing healthy food options that are organic, blynk aims to be eco-conscious in its operations. Plastic containers and utensils are compostable, made from corn. Food is delivered in a hybrid vehicle. Employees wear company t-shirts made of organic cotton.
With the U.S. organic food industry growing at a fast pace, it’s no surprise that blynk is well-received in Charlotte. According to the 2007 Organic Trade Association Manufacturer Survey, U.S. sales of organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to approximately $23 billion in 2008. Organic food sales are now increasing approximately 20 percent each year.
Could the success of blynk organic be part of a healthier direction in local Charlotte as well as national fast food trends? Let’s hope so.
South Park location: South Park Mall Food Court
Uptown location: 200 South Tryon Street
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