An Unexpected Approach to Gourmet Spa Food Preparation
TREE, our restaurant and bar, embodies our belief that food that is good for you can also be sophisticated, artfully presented and graciously served.
The Farm-to-Table Garden measures approximately 100' wide x 170' deep and is in walking distance of our destination spa resort. While building the footprint of the farm, a 50-year old hand-built cistern was discovered that will eventually be restored and used as a resource to help water the plants along with rainwater management techniques. In addition, three compost bins were created to ensure a constant supply of fertilization and food recycling.
The Farm-To-Table Garden will provide a selection of the vegetables and herbs that will be used at TREE Restaurant, as well as our occasional Farm-to-Table Cooking Demonstrations featuring just-picked items. Additionally, the farm-to-table garden will provide farm-to- massage table healing herbs and flowers for select spa treatments. Items such as rosemary, lavender and calendula have abundant healing qualities and are grown with care each year. We have also designed the Farm-to-Table Garden to act as a learning environment, with gardening classes that provide practical tips for your own gardening practice home.
Chef Curated Garden Dinners
Newly named Executive Chef Josh Tomson is switching up the typical Farm to Table dinner by bringing the Table to the Farm! Intimate chef-led tasting dinners will seat up to 10 guests and will take place right on the deck at the Garden Shed. The two-hour tasting will be led by Chef Josh as he selects the harvest focus for the dinner. Our chef will prepare and discuss the dinner that will be paired with our Sommelier-selected wine. There is an up-charge for the intimate dinner experience of $75* per person which includes the beer or wine pairing. The dinners will take place each Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm and is weather dependent. To reserve a Garden Dinner, call the Hostess at 570.685.8586.
*Tax and service charge are additional.
The newest garden by Master Gardener Alison Peck is a Butterfly and Bird Garden located just 25 feet from the back doors of the secluded resort. Alison has hand selected flowers and plants that attract butterflies to lay their eggs and complete the lifecycle. Flowers such as Butterfly Bush, Snap Dragons, Zinnias and Milkweed will naturally draw in these delicate creatures as a beautiful refuge. Butterflies often help in the pollination of important indigenous plants and also help keep harmful insects at bay.
A honey bee haven has been established in one corner of the garden to help naturally pollinate the garden and surrounding area. Two fully functioning hives have been added and beekeeper Jessie Caccavale has developed a new bee education workshop to share her knowledge with the guests. The two hives (or colonies) will house over 10,000 bees and will have the potential of creating honey after a year of settling in. Having home-grown honey for spa treatments, cooking demonstrations and seasonal menus is a very sweet perk of having the bees on property. However, the biggest perk of this new workforce is how they will help sustain the natural biodiversity that surrounds the property. With remnants of an old orchard, a naturally occurring cranberry bog, and three herb and vegetable gardens, there is no shortage of work that needs to be done for these mighty masters.