It's easy being green

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Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

Taking advantage of Northern California's delicious regional farm and seafood products for your wedding menu is a no-brainer, but now it's easier than ever to make your reception meal fresh and environmentally sustainable with The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco's new "Shopping with the Chef" program.

The package allows couples and their planners to accompany the hotel's sous chef, Kaleo Adams, on a shopping trip to area farmer's markets just before the wedding, guaranteeing that the menu will show off the best of the Bay Area's seasonal, organic ingredients (past locally-sourced menu highlights include Mishima Ranch Kobe Beef tartare, Brentwood Farm corn soup, and California line-caught King Salmon). The Ritz also offers eco-friendly tabletop elements, natural fiber linens, and table centerpieces that avoid flowers that are imported or sprayed with pesticides. Call the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco's wedding team at 415-296-7465. —Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides Northern California

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