Getting the restaurant-kitchen gardening bug
I wrote the other day about the tomato farmette sprouting atop Regi's American Bistro in Federal Hill and asked if anyone out there knew of other restaurants with rooftop gardens.
One of the more interesting tips I received (thanks, M&M!) led me to the Westin Annapolis, where chef James Barrett recently installed two beehives on the roof of the hotel.
Barrett inherited the hives from his father, a bee-keeping hobbyist who died in November. The project began as a way to honor him. But now Barrett has become very interested in the role the bees can play in helping local farmers, especially in light of the mysterious colony collapse that has plagued bees around the world.
He's also thinking about expanding his rooftop venture.
"We're talking to two different people about a rooftop garden -- or we have a huge courtyard," Barrett said. "If we could put in a two-season garden in there, that would be outstanding for what I would have readily available for us to use here. Talk about using fresh, using local -- it doesn't get any fresher than that."