We give the planet a loving squeeze all year long through our EarthCare program. During Earth Week – which starts today! – our hotels and restaurants show the environment even more affection with everything from eco-focused events to sustainable-minded menus.
Here’s a sampling of what our nationwide spots have going on for this week for Earth Week.
Area 31 and its Executive Chef E. Michael Reidt teamed up with Paradise Farms, an organic farm in south Florida, to create a new garden on the restaurant’s 16th-floor sky deck terrace. It bubbles over with fresh herbs and small produce, all of which will pop up on the menu throughout the season. In honor of the garden’s debut, Area 31 hosts a happy hour on Friday, April 20 from 6-10 p.m. to coincide with Earth Week. Expect $5 garden cocktails, including the Exhalation (organic basil-infused vodka, cucumber-agave puree, and soda), as well as beer, wine and prosecco. A portion of the proceeds benefits the local non-profit Roots in the City, which is devoted to community development, job training, inner-city beautification and healthy-eating initiatives. Earth Day-inspired menu specials are on the dinner menu from April 18-22, so find your way to the dining room for salt-roasted beet salad, hog snapper and slow-roasted pork shoulder.
Area 31, located on the 16th floor of EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami (305-424-5234 or area31restaurant.com).
New York City
The Muse New York brings fashion into the fold with a pop-up Eco-Chic Boutique this Thursday, April 19. Shop locally made eco-conscious products (everything from gourmet ketchup to recycled metal jewelry to organic cotton handbags) while sipping natural cocktails from the hotel’s adjacent restaurant, NIOS. Entrance donations ($15, suggested) benefit the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit that helps green and beautiful open spaces in underserved communities.
The Muse New York, 130 W. 46th St., New York City (212-485-2400 or themusehotel.com).
Square 1682 has you seeing (and tasting) green all Earth Week long with Executive Chef Guillermo Tellez’s special Vegetable Tasting Menu. For $35 per person (or $60 per person, with eco-friendly wine pairings), you enjoy asparagus soup, asparagus tempura, asparagus timbale pasta, and asparagus-zucchini cake. That’s right – get ready for some serious asparagus lovin’.
Square 1682, 121 S. 17th St., Philadelphia (215-563-5008 or square1682.com).
FireSky Resort & Spa gives your travel plans the green light with a special eco-conscious package called Get Your Green On. Starting from $209 per night in April and May, you enjoy a welcome bottle of Arizona wine, a box of organic chocolates, a recyclable tote bag, a tree planted with American Forests in honor of guests, and complimentary rides in a hybrid Escalade within a three-mile radius of the hotel.
FireSky Resort & Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Book the package online at fireskyresort.com using rate code “PGRN” or call 800-528-7867.
Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar, adjacent to the Alexis Hotel, makes Sunday, April 22 especially appetizing with an Earth Day Brunch. The menu will feature all local ingredients, with herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop garden and pork from Chef David Hatfield’s very own family farm. Choose from grilled Tamworth pork chops over wild cascade mushroom ragu, smoked trout and lemon balm eggs benedict, or spicy Tunisian baked eggs with goat meat.
Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar, 92 Madison St., Seattle (206-624-3646 or librarybistro.com).
Washington D.C. & Alexandria
Poste Moderne Brasserie re-opens its courtyard with an Oysterstock Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 22, from 2-7 p.m. If you’re bonkers for bivalves, you’ll love Executive Chef Dennis Marron’s different preparations of Rappahannock and Ware Shore Oysters, as well as steamed Olde Salt clams, house-made sausages and other treats. Local breweries, distilleries and wineries lend sips (be sure to try Port City Brewery’s Oyster Stout) and there’s live music from three D.C.-area bands. The best part is proceeds from the event benefit the Oyster Recovery Project, a non-profit that restores oysters for ecological and economical reasons.
Poste Moderne Brasserie, 555 8th St., Washington D.C. Tickets ($75) online at oysterstock.eventbrite.com.
The Butcher’s Block, a specialty market alongside BRABO restaurant in Alexandria, celebrates with a weekend of free tastings of locally made wines and specialty foods. On Friday, April 20, come for pours of organic wine and learn about how they’re made. On Saturday, April 21, family farmer Calvin Riggleman hosts a tasting of his locally made Bigg Rigg jams, sauces and vinegars (you’ll love his peach-amaretto-pecan jam). And on Sunday, April 22, you can sample some of the best value-driven wines made in Virginia.
The Butcher’s Block, BRABO Restaurant, 1600 King St., Alexandria (703-894-3440 or braborestaurant.com.