When guests visit our brand-new LEGOLAND Hotel, not only do they immerse themselves in the colorful world of LEGO®, they also enjoy creative food and beverages made with many fresh, organic ingredients sourced locally.
LEGOLAND Hotel Executive Chef James Boheim
Some are really local. As in right out of the hotel’s backyard.
As Executive Chef James Boheim explains, items grown in the hotel’s garden are incorporated into many dishes offered at Bricks Family Restaurant and Skyline Lounge.
“You’ve heard of farm to table?” he said. “This is yard to table.”
At LEGOLAND Hotel, Chef James and his culinary team have partnered with local farmers, horticulturalists and landscapers to design a garden that not only looks good, but tastes good too.
“It’s beautiful for landscaping but you can also eat it and prepare items with it,” he said.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, Chef James will represent LEGOLAND Florida Resort during an exclusive presentation at The Landscape Show, a private event recognized as one of the country’s top nursery and landscape trade shows.
Items grown in the LEGOLAND Hotel garden find delicious uses in the kitchens of its restaurants.
Ruby Red grapefruit grows at LEGOLAND Hotel along with a thriving garden of herbs, spices and fruit.
Drawing on the creativity of his team, he’ll demonstrate how “edible landscaping” grown in the hotel garden can beautify the property while diversifying its menus.
“We’re trying to say, ‘OK, you have this product in your yard — what do you do with it?’ ” he explained. “You can make vinegars, you can make sauces, you can do all kinds of things. Jams, jellies. More than just a salad.”
Just as LEGOLAND Florida theme park allows kids to unleash their creativity, Chef James makes it his mission to represent their imaginations in his kitchen.
“For us, it’s all about the kids,” he said. “That’s what we’re here for. If they like it, they’ll eat it.”