Lotus Cuisine of India Family of Restaurants | 704 Fourth Street | San Rafael, CA 94901
April 2016
Issue: 4/16
Lotus wins 2016 San Rafael Chamber Award for being Green Business of the Year

Lotus won Joe Gambarino Green Business of the Year

The mission of the Lotus Family of Restaurants in Marin County is to create contemporary healthy Indian cuisine for Marin County and the San Francisco North Bay in the most environmentally friendly way possible using the finest local sustainable and organic ingredients.

In 2014, Lotus Cuisine of India was certified as a Bay Area Green Business by the County of Marin. This is a certification given to businesses that have been audited and shown to have business practices that protect, preserve and sustain the environment.

Through its continued effort to making the restaurant green and sustainable, Lotus has now won the 2016 Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year Award from the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce.

San Rafael Chamber CEO Joanne K. Webster writes:

"The Joe Garbarino Green Business Award recipient is celebrated for demonstrating extraordinary efforts to embed sustainable practices in their business operations and philosophy. This year, we received an impressive selection of 30 candidates from a diverse group of industries. All of the organizations nominated are doing extraordinary work in our community; making a difference and keeping our local economy strong.  

Over 450 top business leaders, community organizers and elected officials in Marin County joined us at the annual State of the City dinner on Thursday, March 3rd at Peacock Gap to celebrate the accomplishments of these companies and to honor this year's winners. The Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year was awarded to Lotus Family of Restaurants".

This recognition is based on many improvements in environmental management practices implemented by Lotus in recent years are:
  • Mostly vegetarian and vegan dishes
  • Conversion of menu to organic food (over 80% certified organic ingredients)
  • Conversion to gluten free and non-GMO ingredients
  • State-of-the-art energy-efficient kitchen with environmentally friendly "Energy Star" appliances
  • Water Conservation efforts
  • Remodel of facilities with energy efficient lighting
  • Switch to using organic and non GMO ingredients
  • Sponsoring and supporting local and global green organizations including: San Rafael Clean, Bioneers Conference, Marin Organic, Earth Day Marin and Marin Green Drinks
  • Member of Marin Clean Energy's (MCE) Deep Green Program providing Lotus with 100% renewable energy
  • Offer discount to encourage customers to bring their own containers for take-out and leftovers.
Lotus Voted TOP 3 Bay Area Indian Restaurant

Once again we would like to thank everyone who voted for us at the recent Bay Area A-List Best of 2016.

2016 we were voted 3rd Place Runner Up

In 2015 we won the 3rd Place Runner Up

In 2014 we won the 2nd Place Runner Up

The annual Bay Area A-List awards are based on votes from local area experts.

At Lotus Every Day is Earth Day

Celebrated on April 22, Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world with a multitude of activities and events. It is a great way to spread environmental awareness and encourage each one of us to act responsibly.

As part of the community, the Lotus Family of Restaurants is doing its part in so many ways. This year we were even awarded the Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year award for implementing eco-friendly practices in our day-to-day restaurant operations (see also our article about that award).

We invite you to be a part of the solution. You too can make every day of your life an Earth Day. Let's think globally and act locally. Please join Lotus and help protect the environment for all of us and for future generations. Lets make Every Day an Earth Day.
NEW Lotus Chaat MENU for Pizzas, Dosas and Burritos

Lotus Take Out order What's new on the Lotus Chaat Menu? Glad you asked!

Burrito Wraps:
Have you tried an Indian Burrito? Lotus Chaat burritos have a whole wheat wrap, tomato, cucumber, onion and tamarind mint sauce.

Indian Pizza:
The Lotus Indian Pizza contains our signature Lotus Dough made fresh daily with delicious healthy spices like turmeric and herbs! 

All Lotus Chaat Pizzas can be customized. Just ask our staff! 
Non vegetarian dosa
 Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Dosas:
All Lotus Chaat Dosas are Gluten Free and can be made Dairy Free.

Last but not least, almost all items at Lotus Chaat can also be prepared Vegan and Gluten Free

Patch.com new article featuring Lotus Cuisine of India

Patch.com, a community online news journal,  wrote an article about how Lotus Cuisine of India focuses on Healthy Eating:


The Lotus Family of Restaurants are family run Indian restaurants in Marin County that offers a wide selection of healthy organic Indian cuisine.

Lotus has been featured many times in local print, TV, radio and online media . Surinder "Pal" Sroa and his staff at Lotus are so grateful for these articles that share insights about the Lotus Family of Restaurants.

We appreciate the support from our community and we love giving back. Most importantly we want everyone to know about our incredible food!  http://bit.ly/1V3ZjCH

Help Lotus make THE LIST by San Francisco Magazine

You've probably heard of San Francisco magazine. This monthly local magazine covers everything about the Bay Area.    

They just launched a special booklet called THE LIST. This pocket directory contains picks of great Bay Area restaurants, bars, museums and shops.

Readers are also encourage to nominate their favorite spots in the Bay Area.

So if you're a big fan of Lotus please tell SF Magazine why you like dining at Lotus.     

SF magazine invites you to do so as follows:
Tag us on Instagram @SFmagazine
Tag us on Twitter @sanfranmag
Tag us on Facebook @SanFranciscoMagazine
Email their publisher Paul Reulbach at 
So snap, tweet, post and mail away! The team at Lotus thanks you!

We hope you enjoyed our newsletter and look forward to welcome you at one of our establishments again soon!

Surinder "Pal" Sroa 

Lotus Cuisine of India
704 Fourth Street                                           Phone: (415) 456-5808
San Rafael, CA 94901                                  


Lotus Chaat & Spices 
1559 Fourth Street                                         Phone: (415) 454-6887
San Rafael, CA 94901                                            


Cafe Lotus Fairfax
1912 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard                 Phone: (415) 457-7836
Fairfax, CA 94930                                            

Leila By The Bay
1991 Railroad Ave                                         Phone: (510) 741-5580
Hercules, CA 94547
Please note:
We are not associated with any other Indian Restaurants. 

"In India, sharing food is the greatest way we can show appreciation for one another."

Surinder Sroa
Owner, Lotus Cuisine


is Patio Time at
Cafe Lotus in Fairfax
Outdoor Dining with Organic Food and Wine

April 12, 2016
Joshua Fouts
Exec. Director, Bioneers

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