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The Palmer House Hilton Does Something Different With Its Rooftop Space

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June 16, 2011 at 3:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

While hotels have opened their rooftops for alcohol-fueled summer fun, the Palmer House Hilton is choosing to offer chili peppers, heirloom tomatoes and basil instead of beer and cocktails on its 25th floor. The Chicago hotel recently unveiled its new 2,000-square-foot garden rooftop.

The hotel decided to plant some veggies and herbs to be used in its restaurants, Lockwood and Potter's Lounge, for a garden-to-table culinary experience. Plus, Lockwood will feature a daily "Chef's Garden" menu item for breakfast that will feature ingredients grown on the rooftop.

During the spring and summer, the garden will be more like a farm. It will have zucchini, burpless cucumbers, sorrels, heirloom radishes, red oak lettuce, thyme, hot peppers (like hot banana, cayenne, jalepeno, serrano, poblano, Thai dragon), basil, marjoram, French tarragon, red and green leaf lettuce, wild arugula, carrots, chives, dill, oregano, Italian flat-leaf parsley, bell peppers, snap peas, purslane, elegance purple lavender, hyacinth beans, tomatoes (including San Marzano, pink girl and black truffle).

Beehives also will be phased into the rooftop garden. The hotel hopes to make 20 to 40 gallons during a full year. We're sure that soon-to-be-made honey will be used in that Chef's Garden dish, and who knows, maybe in a cocktail or two as well.

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What's happened to...

Trader Vic's?  It closed at the Palmer House a few years ago, then re-opened in the bar district near Gibson's and Morton's.

Now I'm hearing that the restaurant part is closed and the bar area is serving appetizers and having to operate under a different name.  It's also gone from the Trader Vic's national web site.

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