Four Seasons Las Colinas plants a stake in hot farm-to-table trend
The farm-to-table movement, in which restaurants serve produce and other ingredients that have been procured nearby, has a new member: Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.
The hotel has been cultivating a thriving garden operation for the past nine months, says spokesperson Vail Tolbert.
"We planted a garden behind our restaurant about nine months ago in celebration of Earth Day last year," Tolbert says. "Since then, we've been growing vegetables, herbs, and fruits, and it's really been thriving."
It's a 1,575-square foot plot, and their harvest includes pumpkins, peppers, cilantro, European/African lavender, sage, mint, mustard greens, purple top turnips, tomatoes, strawberries, string beans, oregano, rosemary, eggplant, basil, cucumbers, and jalapeños.
They've been able to incorporate all of these ingredients onto the menu at their in-house restaurant LAW and in-house Outlaw Tap Room, where they make good use of home-grown cucumbers, mint, and other herbs.
The fact that they've been able to maintain a garden is not so surprising considering the fact that the facility operates an award-winning 18-hole golf course. They have plant-savvy staff on hand.
The garden is entirely organic, Tolbert says.
"Anthony Williams, our director of golf course and landscape operations, is the mastermind," she says. "He and his team maintain the garden. He is a sixth-generation farmer from Georgia and is so passionate about this garden and taking care of the environment."
The garden currently occupies a couple of acres, located behind the restaurant.
"Now that it's flourishing, and we have been able to incorporate many items into our restaurant menu and bar cocktails, we are going to expand and make the garden larger," Tolbert says.
Beyond providing produce on their menus, the garden has offered other benefits. There is a sitting area, as well as a fire pit, so hotel guests can sit and enjoy the relaxing influence that plants automatically generate.
It's also been a rallying point for the staff.
"The garden is also a place of reflection, as we planted a serenity tree on Earth Day 2018 in remembrance of employees who have passed away," Tolbert says. "We invited all employees to come and help plant greenery around the serenity tree so each of us had a hand in from the beginning."