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Princeton Hotels

November 16, 2010 10:48 ET

More Grow, Less Go With On-Site Kitchen Gardens at Marriott Hotels

The Hottest Restaurant Trend Is Sprouting Now at the Princeton Marriott Hotel

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) - Buy organic. Buy local. Grow your own. Taking the local food movement a step further, more than a third of the chefs responding cite kitchen gardens -- such as the one grown on the White House lawn by First Lady Michelle Obama -- as the top trend of 2010. By all accounts, the First Lady has encouraged not only home cooks, but also restaurant chefs to plant their own gardens.

Marriott is committed to supporting the local food movement, and at the Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton, NJ, the belief is that you can't get more locally grown than harvesting from your restaurant's own backyard. You'll find chefs cultivating, harvesting and cooking with herbs and produce from their very own kitchen garden.

This Princeton hotel's kitchen garden wraps around the building's exterior and measures about 30 ft. x 2 ft. The restaurant's culinary team has planted the herbs that are used most frequently for their restaurants and catered events near Princeton University, such as basil, Thai basil, thyme, rosemary, purple sage, jalapeños, banana peppers and oregano. According to Executive Chef Dennis Egan, "There is a great view of the garden from the restaurant, and the diners appreciate knowing that the herbs are freshly picked in preparing their dishes."

The Homestate Café offers regional American cooking and healthy recipes with a local influence, and is a favorite among Forrestal Village office workers and local residents. Barley's Pub serves casual lunch and dinner with burgers, salads, sandwiches and specialty drinks, perfect for unwinding after a long day.

About the Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal
The Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia. The impeccable service and superb accommodations make this Princeton hotel near North Brunswick and Lawrenceville, NJ the best choice for business and social events, Princeton University weddings and receptions. Amtrak train service makes the trip from New York, Newark, NJ and Philadelphia a breeze. With luxurious amenities, outstanding conference facilities and diverse dining options, the Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center is a leader among Princeton Hotels.

Whether you're hosting social events or meetings in Princeton, this Central New Jersey hotel and conference center is located on 25 scenic wooded acres and features one of the top day spas in Princeton. The hotel offers all of the amenities of a typical resort including a health club, indoor swimming pool, jogging and recreational facilities and 35,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art meeting space.