AUGUSTA, GA — (Marketwired) — When it comes to going green, there are many shades to choose from. You might opt for a LEED-designed building or organically grown food. You may insist on eating free-range meats or choose to support a business that integrates recycling into its daily operation. For the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, all that is just the beginning.
As part of its newly implemented In-House Crafted and Cured program, the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center has gone beyond its on-site herb garden to can, pickle and cure its own fruits, vegetables, salsas and meats. Executive Chef Craig LaPonzina oversees the program, which he considers a natural next step for the hotel. After all, he has long partnered with local famers like Wade Plantation in Sylvania, GA and Red Maple Farms in Augusta to procure the freshest local and organic produce and meats available.
“Certainly this program is a point of distinction, quality and freshness that separates our culinary initiatives from those of our competitors,” says LaPonzina.
Travelers to Augusta, GA can sample the fruits of this program in two ways: as part of a catered event in one of the hotel’s numerous venues, or in Augustino’s, an on-property Italian restaurant and steak house. Choosing what to try, however, might be more difficult since there is a bounty of items to tempt the palette. In-house crafted prosciutto, pancetta, various sausages and salamis are all on-hand, alongside pickles of every sort, from garlic-dill and icicles to hot and candied. Those who prefer sweeter items will enjoy the jams, jellies, preserves and marmalades, while homemade salsas and picante sauces heat things up. Rounding out the offerings are pickled veggies like okra, beets and giardiniera.
The In-House Crafted and Cured program is sure to appeal to all visitors, including business travelers. With 10 meeting rooms and 24 breakout rooms, Augusta, Georgia’s favorite business hotel has managed to add a mouthwatering dash of pleasure to its already attractive conference-related amenities.
The Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center is not content to rest on its eco-friendly laurels. “This is just the beginning!” LaPonzina exclaims. As the regional leader in sourcing local products, LaPonzina foresees the In-House Crafted and Cured program adding more and more items to its lineup, making the decision to go green in Augusta, GA a very easy one for travelers.