People are buzzing about the honey bees at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. The hotel, the first in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, to be LEED® certified, continues its commitment to the environment and sustainable programs with the installation of honey bee colonies from the University of Minnesota Bee Squad. The program has been gaining notoriety and fans.
Inspired by Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, the Bee Squad helps beekeepers and the community in the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations and pollinate landscapes through education and hands-on mentorship.
Radisson Blu Mall of America is an ideal home for the bee colonies as it is located near highways, which means reduced use of pesticides. The property also is in close proximity to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake and the Minnesota River.
“The Bee Squad is very appreciative of Radisson Blu Mall of America as participants, because not only are they supporting bee health, but they are now official bee ambassadors helping to share the importance of how to keep bees healthy,” says Becky Masterman, program director, University of Minnesota Bee Squad.
Using locally sourced ingredients is at the heart of what we do at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, Radisson Blu’s acclaimed local dining destination at Mall of America. Now, when guests sit down for a meal at FireLake they will notice bee icons representing menu items featuring honey from the hotel’s rooftop bee colony, developed with the University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad.
Carlson Rezidor’s luxury brand of hotels, Quorvus Collection, is committed to promoting local biodiversity and culture. When the Quorvus Collection’s G&V Royal Mile Hotel, home to Edinburgh’s award-winning destination restaurant, Cucina, had the idea of serving real honeycomb at breakfast, the idea quickly grew into something better and more eco-friendly—why buy honey when they could support their own beehives?
The chef at Cucina also created a “Hive-Course” tasting menu, five stunning ways to enjoy honey, from savory to sweet. The hotel’s soon-to-open Epicurean bar will also feature the honey and honeycomb in specialty cocktails in addition to using homegrown flowers and herbs from the G&V’s EvoGro hydroponic.
More than 50 Carlson Rezidor hotels around the world are supporting bee colonies on-site.