Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Up on the Roof

Another stop during my visit to Dallas was the Fairmont Dallas Hotel. Ken Flores, Director of Operations, showed me through the property highlighting their sustainable practices--and there are quite a few.

Towards the end of the tour he took me out on the hotel roof to the most fantastic herb and vegetable garden I have seen downtown. The Chef takes great care with the garden which supplies all of the hotel's herbs and may of its vegetables. It also supplies beautiful greenery and wonderful scents next to the pool for the guests to enjoy. Right in the middle of Dallas--fantastic!

On the flight home I opened my March 2010 PCMA Convene (OK, I am a little behind) to read a story on "Giving Back". The story was about the hotels that are starting urban beekeeping properties in their rooftop gardens. From the Chicago Marriott Downtown to the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, the bees are flourishing. "The Fairmont harvested more than 400 pounts of honey from six hives last year to use in their dishes."

Local, sustainable, and FUN!

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