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Edible Flowers and Flowers in Restaurants

There's nothing groundbreaking about flowers in spring. Your Facebook and Instagram feeds are likely full of blooms by now, not to mention the clothes, notebooks, pencils, and every other imaginable item that's recently been released with a "fresh, new spring feel." The world comes back to life in the spring, and there is no shame in celebrating the blossoms. In fact, our restaurant consultants think, wherever you are, there are fantastic ways to incorporate florals into your restaurant. We've done a little research from coast-to-coast, and today we're sharing a list of great flower and herb incorporations. From foraged syrups outside of Denver to an edible flower guide from Los Angeles, use these resources as inpsiration for celebrating spring in your restaurant.

1. Dram Apothecary, Denver. Dram Apothecary, located in the mountains outside of Denver, was started by Shae Whitney, a native Coloradoan. Whitney and her team forages the local areas for herbs, flowers, and the like to create cocktail bitters and syrups. They have a tasting room/bar in a ghost town in Silver Plume and also create wholesale and custom orders for restaurants. If you're looking for specialized bitters for your restaurant, this apothecary is a great place to start.

2. Chicago Botanic Gardens, Chicago. Chicagoans are particularly interested in edible florals, it seems, and the local Botanic Gardens was ready with answers. Search this FAQ for a list of popular edible flowers (like violets, tulips, and honeysuckle), as well as garnishing best practices. 

3. Green Door Gourmet, NashvilleWe loved reading this Edible Nashville article about flowers in restaurants, particularly the section about the partnership Green Door Gourmet's Laura Dison has formed with restaurants as a CSA. Alongside farm-fresh veggies, the group ships out local blooms for arrangments. Not only does it promote American, local business, they have reaped natural benefits like a healthy increase in bees. (Also, Nashville has no shortage of food stylists, in particular Local Milk's Beth Kirby, whose Instagram has lovely floral-garnished foods to inspire.)

4. Mayesh, Los Angeles. California reaps the benefits of a long, healthy growing season, and Mayesh wholesale florist takes full advantage of that. They have provided a wonderful guide to edible flowers, including tips on the varieties, tastes, and availability each season.

Whether you're creating arrangements for your tables; garnishing your cheese boards; or dreaming up recipes for your spring and summer menus, using florals are extra popular this season. If you're interested in specifically targeting florals this year, contact our restaurant consultants for their expert advice in menu developement and merchandising.

Or visit our Facebook page and let us know how you plan to use florals in your restaurant this spring!

Image via Local Milk.