Blog : February 2014

Vital Essential's Raw Food Seminar

By Mary | Feb 12, 2014 | in

Have you tried adapting a new, healthy life style for 2014? Did you forget about your dog’s health or the well-being of your cat? Don’t overlook the healthy food options available to your household pet. Give your dog or cat the natural fuel it needs to play all day long. Green Alliance business partner The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is hosting an event on raw pet food alternatives next month.

If you’re curious about feeding your furry friend a raw food diet make sure to attend the Vital Essential’s seminar on March 4 or March 5. The first presentation on raw food diets will take place at the Natural Dog and Holistic Cat’s newest location in Newburyport, Mass on March 4. The same seminar will be presented at their Portsmouth location the very next day. Both presentations will last from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Riverworks Eco-Fabric Printing

By Mary | Feb 12, 2014 | in

GREENLAND, N.H -- Riverworks Printing is an eco-friendly production studio that uses biodegradable Photo Tex posters and stream-lined procedures. It transforms the average photograph into a life-like masterpiece. The images have a sticky adhesive backing which allows buyers to reapply the posters onto the walls of their house or office as many times as they’d like.

Together founder Jeff Cutter and Print Manager Danis Chamberlin have greatly impacted the format print industry with their green thumbs. Riverworks began its journey with the idea that individual passions, like Cutter’s own for fly-fishing, should be displayed and stored in photo form. Wall Shotz were the original frame-able works of art that resulted. The environmentally friendly fabric was designed to reflect the hobbies of customers in a clear, eye-catching manner.

Enjoy a Romantic Valentines Dinner at 900 Degrees

By Madelaine | Feb 11, 2014 | in

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is offering a special dining experience for Valentines Day! Their will be a prix fixe menu with special dishes that are not available on its regular menu. The dining rooms will be decorated with candles and other accents to create a romantic atmosphere. The dinner will consist of three courses; your choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert, for only $35 per person. You can also add a bottle of wine from a select menu for $15.

It is currently taking reservations for the Valentines menu only. Some tables will still be held for walk-ins and the regular menu will also be available.

Its Manchester and Epping locations are offering different specialized menus. Some of their courses include a lobster bisque, pan-seared halibut with potato au gratin, stuffed haddock with crabmeat, warm bread pudding, and decedent chocolate cake.

Local Geothermal and Solar Companies Collaborate for Super-Efficient Homes

By Sam | Feb 11, 2014 | in

Geothermal HVAC energy systems are increasingly breaking into the home construction mainstream. According to a Wall Street Journal article published in 2013, net-zero homes are on the rise, and some building companies are even making geothermal systems a staple of their building practices. Two New England businesses, Ultra Geothermal and ReVision Energy, are already successfully bringing that dream to the East Coast.

If you're an eco-conscious consumer or homeowner, a low- or no-carbon footprint home may be seen as a luxury investment, reserved for the wealthy. While it's true that a geothermal HVAC system is an investment up front, the eventual savings more than make up for it, while also increasing the value of your home. One thing that isn't widely known is that homeowners also don't have to completely replace their current HVAC system; Barrington N.H.'s Ultra Geothermal can meet you in the middle.

Think of it like a hybrid car. A hybrid will run on electricity or biofuel until the power needed to run the engine exceeds what the electric motor can handle. Ultra Geothermal can install a partial geothermal system alongside your Energy Star or other compatible furnace that functions the same way. If you don’t have a newer furnace, such as a forced hot water baseboard furnace, Ultra Geothermal can come up with a plan to integrate ducting into the home. And when it’s finished, you also end up with central A/C.

Poco's Bow Street Cantina - Comfortable Atmosphere with a Mexican Flare

By Patrick | Feb 10, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH -- Valentines Day is fast approaching. If you haven’t made plans yet, why not try something new?

Poco’s Bow Street Cantina in Portsmouth offers fine Mexican dining and an unbeatable atmosphere. Take in the beautiful view of the Piscatuqua River from the dining room while you enjoy a full menu of traditional Mexican classics made right. If you’re looking for a more intimate environment, head down stairs to the Cantina lounge and share drinks by the warmth of the fireplace.

For a limited time, Poco’s is offering a great deal. Spend $50 in a visit and receive a $10 gift card, redeemable at either Two Ceres or Poco’s. Spend $75 and receive a $15 gift card or spend $100 and receive a $25 gift card.

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900 Degrees Wins at 2014 Macaroni and Cheese Bake-off

By Madelaine | Feb 6, 2014 | in

900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzaria's macaroni and cheese was recently named the best out of all New Hampshire restaurants at the 2014 Best Macaroni and Cheese Bake-off! The Bake-off welcomes macaroni recipes from all around New Hampshire. It judges them within four respective categories: Best N.H.-Made, Best Traditional, Most Creative/Exotic, and Best Restaurant/Café Macaroni and Cheese.

The owner of 900 Degrees, Pricilla Lane Rondeau, utilizes a unique approach when cooking her macaroni and cheese. While working on her recipe, Pricilla had a hunch that the taste of a wood fire stove would add to her macaroni, and she was right! Now, every order of her macaroni and cheese, both in her restaurant and at home, are cooked individually in a cast iron skillet cooked in a wood fire oven. This technique and recipe have created a staple meal for Pricilla’s family events. Whether it’s a family barbeque or a holiday, Pricilla always gets the question “You’re bringing the mac and cheese, right?” Of course, she always does.

Want to taste for yourself how delicious this macaroni and cheese really is? Stop by 900 Degrees in Manchester or Epping to try it out! Or if you’re feeling ambitious, we have Pricilla’s recipe for you below.

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The Natural and Holistic Cat to Expand in Newburyport

By Madelaine | Feb 6, 2014 | in

The Seacoast’s favorite pet supply store, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, was recently presented with an opportunity it couldn’t pass up. After opening its new Portsmouth location only a year ago, it is now in the process of expanding its Newburyport store.

Natural Dog’s Newburyport neighbor went out of business six months ago. It took some time and convincing, but eventually owners Jeff and Dawn Price decided it would be a great opportunity for expansion.

They’ve been in their Newburyport location for close to 10 years now. It’s a great location that offers convenient parking for their customers. But they were admittedly a little cramped. “We’ll be primarily adding new products that we’ve wanted to bring in for awhile but couldn’t because of space constraints,” Jeff Price said in a recent telephone interview.

Adapt Design Utilizes Practical Design Techniques

By Madelaine | Feb 6, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTHAdapt Design is a Portsmouth-based architectural and design firm that places a strong emphasis on sustainability in its work. Its team of two employees utilize their extensive knowledge in their field to build properties creatively and practically.

Its team is currently working on the renovation of a South End Portsmouth home that belongs to a family of four. The team are building an addition that will include an office, storage area, and provide extra living space for the family.

One technique they are using for this renovation is The Zip System, an approach of coating seams in windows or walls throughout a home to make it airtight. This system improves the overall ability to control a home's climate by making sure heat or cool air will stay in the home longer.

Futuro: The Future of Green Building

By Mary | Feb 5, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Futuro Builders is a Green Alliance business dedicated to constructing sustainable homes and businesses with the least amount of energy at an affordable cost. It was founded in 2011 by Jesse Ware from JPWare Design, and soon after, Futuro morphed into a powerful green building force. Ware had years of experience under his belt before launching the company currently known for its unique design and expert building skills.

Futuro Builders services all of New Hampshire and Southern Maine’s Seacoast. One of Futuro’s most recent developments was Brackett Estates in Wells, Maine. The 58-acre job site (and all of Futuro’s other building projects) have recycling programs to dispose of waste properly in dumpsters. Twenty-six of the residential homes in Brackett were installed with “Net Zero” renewable energy for heating, cooling and powering all on its own. Futuro stresses the major advantages of clean energy for homeowners such as lower heating bills in the winter time.

Futuro takes sustainability into account when deciding on anything needed for its projects, whether it’s paint colors, insulation, wood, technology, or general practices. The team at Futuro is proud to build green homes that are both energy and cost efficient. Zero Energy is a very important aspect of their construction.

Blue Ocean Society Benefit Night in Portsmouth

By Mary | Feb 5, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Come join Green Alliance Business Partner Blue Ocean Society at Flatbread Company for a Community Night Benefit on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Both Flatbread Co. and Orange Leaf of Portsmouth are generously donating a portion of proceeds to the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation.

Flatbread has agreed to give $3 to BOS for each large pizza sold and $1.75 for each small pizza sold from 5 to 9 p.m. The BOS event includes take-out orders as well. After devouring a specialty flatbread pizza, you will probably be in the mood for some frozen yogurt from Orange Leaf. The local Orange Leaf is going to give 15 percent of all sales to the Blue Ocean Society. There’s nothing better than enjoying a few slices with friends and family and then topping it off with a custom dish of Orange Leaf’s premium frozen yogurt. All purchases from food, beverages (or froyo) will help improve the local marine life.

Vote for Green Alliance Businesses in the 14th Annual Best of NH Contest

By Mary | Feb 5, 2014 | in

Attention, GA Community! The time has come to cast your votes for your favorite Green Alliance restaurants in the 14th Annual Best of NH Readers’ Poll. The Food Ballot is now available and can be accessed online through March 24. The ballot is one of the most effective ways to get recognition for the best local eateries in New Hampshire. Categories include your favorite burger joint, martini, brewery, pizzeria, ice cream shop & many more. Green Alliance business in the running for many awards include 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzaria, Pocos Bow Street Cantina and the Redhook Brewery.

900 Degrees is nominated for best caesar salad, martini, pizzeria, gourmet pizzeria, Manchester restaurant AND cool night spot. The Portsmouth Brewery, Smuttynose and Redhook are all contestants for the best local brewery and local brew pub. Vote the very green-minded UNH Dairy Bar for best Seacoast ice cream!