Fairmont Hotels & Resorts to go green via local food sources
Posted: August 27th, 2007 - 11:53am by Brae SurgeonerAccording to the Nation's Restaurant News, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is the latest hotel and food operation to jump on the locally grown/organic bandwagon.
North America's largest luxury hotel company, perhaps best know for its Lake Louise and Banff properties, announced Aug.22 that it would revamp all of its menus by the fall to incorporate locally grown, sustainable or organic ingredients "wherever possible."
Serge Simard, vice president of food and beverage for the chain, was quoted as saying, "Our guests are very savvy, experienced diners, and they also are becoming more conscious of how their consumer choices affect the planet."
Fairmont indicated that it would complement the menu overhaul with the adoption of programs like inviting guests to visit the farms where their hotel's food was grown, or accompanying chefs on shopping trips to local green markets.
Here's hoping Fairmont's savvy diners take this opportunity to ask the hotel's producers and retailers what practices they've adopted not only to reduce their environmental footprint, but also, to reduce the risk of foodborne illness -- don't eat poop.