Honeybee hotel : the Waldorf Astoria's rooftop garden and the heart of NYC
|Format:||Print Book 2018|
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The fascinating story of the urban honeybee garden on the roof of the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel.
The tale of Honeybee Hotel begins over one hundred years ago, with the Astor family and the birth of the iconic Manhattan landmark, the magnificent Waldorf Astoria. In those early days the posh art deco masterpiece had its own rooftop garden for guests to enjoy. Fast-forward to the turn of the twenty-first century, and we meet executive chef David Garcelon, the creative genius behind the idea of restoring the celebrated rooftop garden. His vision included six hives containing some 300,000 honeybees, which would provide a unique flavor for his restaurant's culinary masterpieces. Yet Garcelon's dream was much grander than simply creating a private chefs' garden: he wanted the honeybee garden to serve as a bond among people. Soon the staff of the hotel, the guests, local horticulturists, and beekeeping experts formed a community around the bees and the garden, which not only raised vegetables, herbs, and honey to be served in the hotel but also provided healthy food to the homeless shelter across the street at St. Bartholomew's Church.
Through her meticulous research and interviews with culinary glitterati, entomologists, horticulturists, and urban beekeepers, Leslie Day leads us on a unique insider's tour of this little-known aspect of the natural world of New York City. She familiarizes us with the history of the architectural and cultural gem that is the Waldorf and introduces us to the lives of Chef Garcelon and New York City's master beekeeper, Andrew Coté.
Day, an urban naturalist and incurable New Yorker, tells us of the garden's development, shares delectable honey-based recipes from the hotel's chefs and mixologist, and relates the fate of the hotel in the wake of the Waldorf's change of ownership. During our journey, we learn quite a bit about apiaries, as well as insect and flower biology, through the lives of the bees that travel freely around the city in search of nectar, pollen, and resin. This absorbing narrative unwraps the heart within the glamour of one of the world's most beloved cities, while assuring us that nature can thrive in the ultimate urban environment when its denizens care enough to foster that connection.
ContentsWelcome to the Waldorf
The first American tycoon : John Jacob Astor in NYC
Before the Empire State Building, the Waldorf Astoria stood here
Life of the honeybee : from egg to adult
A good chef is like a musician : David Garcelon's journey
Life of the female honeybee : janitor, forager, and everything in-between
An idea blossoms : Chef Garcelon's first hotel garden and apiary
Life of the male honeybee : the drone
Twenty stories high : a vision of the Waldorf's honeybee garden
Life of the queen : mother of them all
Bringing bees and a garden to the Waldorf
Beekeeping through the ages
A match made in heaven : St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel
In the dark of the hive : the sensory world of the honeybee
Across the street, but worlds apart : feeding the hungry at St. Bart's
Apples, lavender, tomatoes, and tarragon
exploring the Waldorf's garden with Chef Betz
Fare Share Friday : New York City hotels give back
Epilogue. Saving the treasures at the Waldorf
Waldorf Astoria kitchen and Peacock Alley bar recipes using honey.
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (New York, N.Y.)
Bee culture -- New York (State) -- New York.
Roof gardening -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
|Publisher|| Baltimore :2018
xii, 186 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-177) and index.