Photo Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
enoSteak at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has just upped their dedication to sustainability a little bit more. They're now serving menu items on flattened glass wine bottles created by Elizabeth Gurklys, a southern California glass artist who uses recycled wine bottles from the restaurant. In addition to being used as service pieces tableside, the novel wine bottles are also available for purchase in the restaurant, with SEEDS Art and Education, Inc., a Laguna Beach nonprofit that funds children's education to benefit from sales. “I started making flattened wine bottles after I saw one and thought how cool they looked, said Gurklys. “I made a couple and had them in my studio. A customer came by to pick up an order and promptly purchased both. That told me there was interest. I also love their recycled aspect as well—anyone who drinks wine has left over bottles and without wine in them, they are of little utility. I love that enoSTEAK gives them a second life,” she added.