VEGGIES WITH A VIEW: WESTIN NEW YORK GRAND CENTRAL ANNOUNCES 2015 ROOFTOP GARDEN TOURS
Summary: The Westin New York Grand Central Hotel invites guests to experience its new spring series of rooftop garden tours,
showcasing its fresh new crops of the season to be used at its on-site restaurant, THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen, NYC.
Jennifer Maguire Coughlin, Jennifer@JMC-PR.com, 917-991-5859
NEW YORK (April 22, 2015) - Perched high atop the 41st floor overlooking Manhattan, The Westin New York Grand Central is one of the few New York City hotels to cultivate a rooftop vegetable garden. Now growing for its third year, the organic garden illustrates the hotel’s foray into urban agriculture, producing vegetables and herbs that are used throughout the hotel’s food and beverage program and THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen restaurant.
Back by popular demand, the special series of rooftop garden tours is free to the public by reservation. When rooftop tours were launched in 2014, demand was so strong each tour reached capacity with a waiting list. Led by Executive Chef and Chief Gardener Brian Wieler, the tours offer insider access to the private garden, which has breathtaking views of Manhattan and is closed to the public. During the tour, Chef Wieler discusses the hotel’s culinary and rooftop garden program, with a Q&A session and special surprises afterwards.
All tour attendees can register to win a hotel-themed prize, courtesy of the Westin New York Grand Central. The prize will be awarded in August when the summer tour season is complete.
Pre-Register for Veggies with a View
Guided 30-minute tours of the rooftop garden every Thursday in June and July at 5pm, with the exception of 4th of July week when the veggies will be celebrating Independence Day. The 2015 dates include: June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16, 23, 30.
Tours are available by reservation only. Reservations must be made at the Concierge Desk located in the lobby at 212 East 42nd Street, calling the Concierge Desk at 212-490-8900 or sending an email request for the specific date to firstname.lastname@example.org. Confirmed registration is mandatory for the tours, as walk-ons will not be accepted.
Organic Crops Grow 384 Feet Above Manhattan
The 1,344 square foot garden is situated 384 feet above Manhattan on the 41st Floor rooftop. With eleven planted beds and four robust barrels planted throughout summer and fall, vegetables include arugula, mesclun lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, peppers and fall squashes. Herbs include basil, mint, thyme, oregano and cilantro. The garden utilizes only organic plants, soil, fertilizer and insect deterrents, including eco-friendly ladybugs.
The uber-local ingredients cultivated in the garden are used in seasonal menus, including salads, grilled vegetables and various dishes on the hotel’s seasonal menus. Examples include Arugula Salad and Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad. Herbs are used for flavor and seasoning in various dishes, while mint is harvested for cocktails including freshly-muddled mojitos.
“For the third year, our rooftop garden brings a locavore experience to guests who appreciate local, organic ingredients,” said Executive Chef and Chief Gardener Brian Wieler. “You can’t get any more local than ingredients traveling just 400 feet from harvest to plate.”
About the Westin New York Grand Central
Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, The new Westin New York Grand Central opened in October 2012 after a $75 million complete renovation to reveal a modern design and signature Westin amenities. The hotel features 774 spacious guest rooms and suites, a 3,000 square-foot WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio and THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen, the first bar and food concept from nightlife leader Gerber Group in a Westin property. For events, the hotel offers 15,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting space including the brand new Madison Ballroom, all with open room design and state-of-the-art technology. The hotel is ideally situated just two blocks from Grand Central and steps from landmarks including the Chrysler Building and the United Nations. Follow the hotel on Twitter @WestinGrandCtrl and Facebook at Westin New York Grand Central.