Hotel Restaurants Going Green
In an effort to offer customers the freshest, organic ingredients, hotel restaurants are growing on-site vegetable and herb gardens. Guests are reaping the health benefits of fresh organic food straight from the garden. From the Golden Triangle to Chicago, here is a list of top restaurants joining this growing food trend.
NoMi at Park Hyatt Chicago
Located on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt with dramatic city views, NoMi has created a garden sanctuary where guests can dine amid this urban oasis. Enjoy fresh vine ripened tomatoes in a fresh caprese salad or a delicious BLT.
Chef’s pick: Composition of Heirloom Tomato with buffalo mozzarella, shallots, and Chianti vinaigrette.
Cuisinart Resort and Spa, Anguilla
Situated on a spectacular white sand beach in Anguilla, Cuisinart Resort and Spa raises all of its own vegetables and herbs in an 18,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse. CuisinArt’s restaurants use the fresh veggies, including sweet cherry tomatoes and perfectly shaped butter leaf lettuce. Even the bar offers cucumber-infused vodka.
Chef’s pick: Roasted Rack of Lamb with Rosemary, polenta French fries, and grilled hydroponic vegetables
Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken, Switzerland
This five star hotel’s extensive herb garden sits between the outdoor tennis court and the ESPA spa. The chef’s garden supplies the hotel restaurants with coriander, lavender, basil, sage, and edible blooms like fiery red nasturtiums.
Chef’s pick: Saddle of Irish lamb with Indian spices, “Cama di rapa,” sweet and sour mango pearls, and lightly smoked lamb jus.
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand
The extensive on-site organic vegetable garden at Anantara Golden Triangle supplies the restaurant and on-site cooking school with fresh produce year round. Even the rice here is organic since the resort cultivates and harvests its own rice paddy using natural fertilizer from the property’s resident elephants.
Chef’s pick: Chicken curry, filled with herbs and spices such as sweet basil and kaffir lime leaves.
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