Herb Garden Complements Miramonte's Green Cause

Restaurant features farm-to-table freshness



Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells has an herb garden on property used by its restaurant, The Grove Artisan Kitchen.

courtesy of Miramonte Resort and Spa

 

Many Coachella Valley hotels have adopted sustainability in exciting and inventive ways.

We’ve checked in to some of our favorites and see what they have to offer.

We’ll be highlighting one hotel a week, and throughout this series you’ll read about everything from herb gardens to beauty products made through ‘green chemistry’ to vehicle charging stations, and lots more.

So sit back, relax, and come along on our eco-friendly vacation.

This week: Miramonte Resort and Spa

Mirko Marchi, director of Hotel Operations for the Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, fills us in on ‘green chemistry’ and the many benefits of farm-to-table cooking.

When did you first introduce eco-friendly features, and how did you start?
“The Miramonte Resort and Spa’s team has long been committed to preserving the environment. Recycling was our initial green activity, and it’s been in place for many years. In 2012, the property recycled 25,621 pounds of glass, 97 pounds of plastic, and 70 pounds of aluminum.”

Do you receive many comments and how do guests react?
“Honestly, we don’t receive a whole lot of input from our individual guests. However, organizations booking group travel are increasingly becoming more conscious of booking green-certified hotels.”

What qualities do you think are most important to male guests?
“Guests, in general, are pleased that we have responsible practices when it comes to our environmental impact.”

What qualities are most important to female guests?
“Our latest news is that the resort’s The Well Spa has partnered with Germaine de Capuccini to use and carry their line of products. Germaine de Capuccini makes green initiatives a priority. They use a ‘green chemistry’ manufacturing process to ensure that their products are produced with natural organic ingredients, and the product packaging is biodegradable. Women love their products!”

Can you tell me about the most unusual eco-related request you’ve ever received?
“We did have a guest ask about getting the pen in her room refilled with more ink. Other than that, nothing out of the ordinary.”

What’s your favorite eco feature?
“Our restaurant — The Grove Artisan Kitchen — features farm-to-table freshness with many of the produce ingredients coming from local sources. In addition, we have an expansive herb garden on property that the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Robert Nyerick, uses. There is a growing concern about the resources needed for food to travel from field to plate. By reducing food miles, we conserve fuel and reduce emissions that pollute our environment. And the food tastes better!”

Any changes or additions coming up?
“We evaluate environmental friendly practices throughout the year, but we currently don’t have any additional new plans for 2013.”

Miramonte Resort & Spa, 45000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells,760-341-2200

Coming Up Next Week: Avanti Hotel, Palm Springs

Like what you're reading? Then "Like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Matthew Shepard Film Screens at Camelot Theatres

Through the film, “Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine,” Michel Josue has found a way to share the real Matthew Shepard with audiences beyond the attention his horrific death brought to hate crimes and LGBT rights.

Molly Ringwald Shows Her Singing Self at Copa Palm Springs

Molly Ringwald is best known from her starring role in 80s films like "Pretty in Pink" and "The Breakfast Club," but it is her talents as a jazz vocalist that people are starting to recognize.

Melissa Etheridge Brings New Album Songs to Fantasy Springs Show

Retirement is not a word in Melissa Etheridge's vocabulary after being in the music business 25 years. Her recently released 12th album, "This is M.E.," is an anthem to new rock ‘n’ roll independence.

Author Ivor Davis Speaks on The Beatles 1964 Tour at Melvyn's

Author Ivor Davis has one walrus of a tale to pass on after the now Palm Desert resident had the unique opportunity to travel with The Beatles on their first American tour almost 50 years ago.

Orbit In Retains Midcentury Modern Courtyard Style in Palm Springs

Once former guests of the Orbit In, Kevin Miller and his wife, Jinny Park, took their enthusiasm for the Palm Springs property and became its owner in 2007.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2015 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags