Today, just in time for Earth Day, the Sofitel in Center City unveiled a cool new rooftop herb and vegetable garden.
The plot, named Jardin des Fleur de Lis, is inspired by the Sofitel’s French flair, and is composed of six raised beds and a number of additional smaller planters.
The hotel will grow a luscious collection of vegetables including tomatoes, green zucchini, peppers and yellow squash, as well as an aromatic sampling of fresh French herbs such as thyme, rosemary, basil, tarragon, fennel, mint (including chocolate mint!), lavender, parsley and sage.
Executive Chef Jim Coleman and Master Mixologist Marc Yanga will use herbs and veggies from the garden in cocktails and dishes at Liberte Lounge as well as in the staff dining room. Garden inspired drinks include options like the Sage Collins with gin, elderflower liquor, lemon, sage-infused syrup and soda. The dinner menu also boasts a number of dishes that will source ingredients and inspiration from the garden like the Seared Diver Scallops with a red pepper and tomato sauce.
Pure Design, who provides the Sofitel’s stunning lobby floral arrangements, will sponsor the garden, specifically providing the soil.
Earlier this year, Sofitel Philadelphia was awarded with four Green Keys from the Green Key Eco-Rating Program in recognition of its outstanding accomplishments in implementing environmentally friendly program. The new rooftop garden is yet another feather in the hotel’s hat.
120 S. 17th Street