City Restaurants With Food-Growing Gardens On Site

Hyper local cuisine has come to Philadelphia.

In the form of restaurants with small kitchen gardens in which they grow produce that they actually use on their menus.

The first we heard about (in Center City) was Osteria. Rick Nichols recently profiled the small garden they added in their side alley.

And now comes word of Noble's rooftop garden.
From Garden To Table, A Trip of Mere Inches

Philadelphia has lots of BYOBs, and now RTHTOGs are cropping up.

If you've never heard of that term, it's because I made it up to describe a new trend: Restaurants That Have Their Own Gardens.

(Pouget:) "The garnishing will be on the roof this morning and will be on the plate that night."

That's Bruno Pouget, one of the partners in the new restaurant Noble, at 2025 Sansom Street. Its garden is on the roof.

"Large planters, they're about 12 feet by two feet wide, and the chef uses that to plant tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, spice, herbs."
Roof gardens are cool.

Obviously, this is a completely welcome trend.

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Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on July 1, 2009 at 2:30pm
In the Chicago area the roof top gardens are becoming really creative. I am no longer in the city but friends still keep me informed. I had wanted to buy a building there once and put a green roof on it looking for a tax break and help with the heat sink issue. I still think that roof gardens would cure much of the big city summer heat. Looks like they will have a salad soon!
Comment by Debbie Everson on June 27, 2009 at 8:56pm
James you are correct again
Comment by James Samuel on June 27, 2009 at 8:43am
I had to chuckle at this one :-) "garnishings" that's nice. I wonder how many miles the rest of the meal travelled though? Forgive me for not jumping up and down with glee, at this move, but let's be honest and call a beef steak a beef steak. In any other industry this would be called green wash.

Can you imagine their rooftops ever providing more than the garnish? When the article comes out about how they only import the garnishes, and the rest is grown in the back yard or at the end of the street, or at least within the town, then it would be worthy of the name Ooooby.

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