"A couple enjoying a meal together and raising their glasses in a toast at Stella Luna Restaurant in Big Bear"

Stella Luna for Sustainability

Posted: 01/13/24

Local Big Bear eatery Stella Luna is leading the way in sustainable dining. From responsibly sourced ingredients, to table wares, and managing waste, Stella Luna is committed to top level food service with a minimal carbon footprint.

Here you'll find tasty, healthy bites and entrees made from scratch using organic ingredients. All meat dishes are sourced from Perennial Pastures in San Diego. These ranchers raise livestock with sustainable farming practices at the forefront.

What you won't find, are plastic wares, processed and pre-made food items, or much food waste, if at all.

A diner cuts into her meal served at Stella Luna Restaurant in Big Bear Lake, CA. There is a glass of red wine served.
Stella Luna is an organic, scratch kitchen. We make everything in house, by hand. We do not use any seed or nut oils in our dressings. We use only sunflower oil in our fryer. We are a gluten-free friendly facility, with separate fryers to avoid cross contamination. We have several vegan and vegetarian options for everyone to enjoy. Stella Luna

Each week, Stella composts approximately 250 lbs. of food waste from unused or uneaten vegetables, fruits, eggs, and other unprocessed foods. Most of the compost remains in valley through private distribution.

Even the plate and wares your meal is served with is a conscious decision to reduce and reuse.

Co-Owner Alicia Kettler explains, "We use only up-cycled silverware and plates purchased from antique stores or restaurants going out of business. Kids cups and plates are biodegradable bamboo from Zungleboo, an eco-conscious company committed to reducing their carbon footprint. Finally, most cookware and machinery is purchased from restaurants going out of business, instead of buying new items.

Need a to-go box? Stella uses only compostable to-go products including cutlery.

So, the next time you're feeling hungry, stop into Stella Luna for a good meal you can also feel good about!

The exterior facade of Stella Luna Restaurant in Big Bear Lake, CA. It is nighttime, and a car is passing by.