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Three Sweet Spots for House-Made Hotel Honey

April 19, 2010 at 2:17 PM | by | ()

Hotels are buzzing with a new kind of guests, honeybees. A number of hotels are keeping their own stingers to make fresh honey. The newest place to bag some bees is the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte. This past weekend, the hotel added two hives on the roof that are two feet tall and 18 inches wide. The hives will fully develop this summer and be home to 60,000 honeybees.

Find out what honey hotels are doing with their nectar after the jump.

· Fairmont Royal York
About 40,000 bees buzz around this Toronto hotel's rooftop. The 700 pounds of honey they produce each year are used for cocktails like the Festive Buzz cocktail. It also sweetens the desserts, including the warm rye whisky sticky pudding with Royal York honey ice cream and caramel sauce.

· Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
You'll find 200,000 buzzers in the hotel's rooftop beehives. According to Feedstuffs FoodLink, the bees provide the sticky stuff for the hotel's breakfast buffets and to add a touch of sweetness to in-house baked goods like croissants. But the big honey draw here is the hotel's own Rooftop Honey Wheat Beer.

· Ritz-Carlton Charlotte
Since the hives were just put in this past weekend, there aren't any dishes starring house-made honey as an ingredient. But as the hives mature, a special selection of sustainable honey-based dining goodies will be featured at the North Carolina hotel.

[Photo: Ritz-Carlton Charlotte]

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