It's a little known fact that some of the Fairmont hotels have started honey bee hives on their rooftops, wherever it was possible. This has included the Fairmont in Newport Beach, Seattle, and San Francisco (where you can also try the honey beers made by a local brewery with their honey). I was invited to a dinner at Fairmont Newport a few months ago and got to check out the rooftop bees with a view of the sunset! The hives at Fairmont Newport and maintained and harvested with the help of Backyard Bees.
We sat down to a family style feast prepared by Executive Chef Chad Blunston. Prior to this visit I wasn't even aware that there is a Fairmont hotel in Newport Beach, much less paid attention to the dining options here, but I had a great meal and am now looking forward to more. Some of my favorite dishes were the Pacific Crab Salad,
Temecula Olive Oil Poached Wild Salmon with Fava Beans, Blistered Baby Tomatoes, Cauliflower Puree, and Aged Sherry Glaze
Sonoma Natural Lamb Loin with Heirloom Carrots and Asparagus, Bulgur Wheat, and Chipotle Apricot Glaze
Drake Family Farms, who makes some of the most amazing goat cheese. He gets milk and goat cheese from six goats there and he was giving out some flavored goat cheese for us. I took home the Apricot and Honey, and it was like dessert in a tub. Apricot goat cheesecake in a tub!
The Fairmont Hotels have done a lot of things to be sustainable and local, from the beehives to composting their own waste on-site, and partnering with local farms. To top it off, at Fairmont Newport, if you have a hybrid car you can get FREE VALET!