October 19, 2016 - Ready to make good on that promise you made yourself to eat healthier? As usual, White Oaks has you covered! The farm to fork movement is taking a whole new, very personal approach – one that will have you eating food grown just steps away from your table.
Grow Kitchen and Café at White Oaks is about to change the way you think about plant-based dining. In the space of just a few months, we’ve forged a partnership with the horticultural department at Niagara College and changed a whole lot of grass on the White Oaks property into something far more delectable – an organic culinary garden. Where once we had manicured lawns, we now have fertile garden patches filled with students happily planting, nurturing and harvesting organic produce. It’s a partnership made in dining heaven!
You’re going to love this… and you’re going to learn to love surprises because at Grow, we’ll go with the flow. Menus will be determined by what’s freshest and most fabulous each day, and every meal will be dictated by the whims of the harvest.
Grow’s chic but relaxed, rustic vibe will be cool and inviting. Think of it as the best place in the region to discover the joys of healthy, local, farm-garden-to-table dining while having lunch or dinner with a friend, checking your email, or just giving yourself some time to chill and enjoy all that White Oaks offers. As Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
The biggest buzz of all... White Oaks has added its very own bee hives to the mix, so we can all look forward to sampling homegrown honey soon! Don’t worry – the bees are homebodies so they’ll hang out in the hives. All you’ll need to think about is being on hand when the combs are brought in!
June 24, 2016 - At the Greater Niagara Chamber Excellence in Business Awards, held in St. Catharines, Ontario, White Oaks Resort & Spa was awarded Business of the Year. The awards are held annually and recognize businesses and individuals in the community that are excelling and making a difference. White Oaks was nominated along with two other outstanding businesses in Niagara and are proud to be recognized with this award.
The Business of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding organization that has demonstrated entrepreneurial achievement and community leadership. The award acknowledges excellence in business practices combined with a vision for future development. The company may be of any size and within any field.
“We are a family owned business and have been employing Niagara residents now for 38 years. It is amazing to sit in a room full of our partners, colleagues and other outstanding businesses and people and be recognized in this way. We are very honoured and send our congratulations out to all those that also won awards and were nominated. “ said Richard Reid, Executive Director of Sales and Hotel Operations.
June 27, 2016 - The bees have arrived! After quite extensive research by our Executive Chef Michael Price and our Green Team, we have proceeded with the purchase of 4 hives of Canadian Honeybees for our property. Our team at White Oaks believes it is very important to support our Niagara community, our local agricultural industries and give back to our region and our world by introducing pollinator habitats near farm lands that rely on bees for pollination.
Research is clear that due to mono crop farming, pesticides and other elements that have come along with modernizing agriculture, the wild bee population has been significantly dwindling. The answer to parts of this problem is creating habitats for pollinators to expand their population for pollinating our food sources. These small initiatives are what will keep our bee population, and in turn our ability to grow fruit, nuts, vegetables, berries, etc. active in the years to come. These costs are far too great for individual farmers to bear on their own, and in turn will make their operating expenses rise.
The majority of the stinging insects that are out and about aren’t honeybees. To put this in perspective, between White Oaks, and Niagara College, we have introduced 750,000 bees into this area without anyone noticing a disturbance. While we are not first or leading the pack with this initiative, we are definitely in very good company with our friends at Niagara College and Ravine Estate Winery in St. Davids. In summary, let them bee and they will buzz off. At the end of the day, we will have delicious White Oaks honey, and the farmers will have help from our bees. We believe that’s a great win-win scenario.
How Can You Help?
By supporting businesses that are doing their best to save the bees…support the bee supporters: B-Y’s Honey Farm: http://www.byshoneyfarm.com, an amazing local Niagara Apiary providing honey and honey products to the community. To find out more information you can visit the Ontario Bee Association’s website at: http://www.ontariobee.com
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