Omni Hotels & Resorts and the NHB Partner to Create One Sweet Pool Menu and Promotion


Omni Hotels & Resorts has teamed with the National Honey Board to create one sweet collaboration – a special pool menu and promotion highlighting honey, 2015 Flavor of the Year – launching this month at 34 Omni properties nationwide.

The partnership kicked off with a two-day honey immersion event at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Fla. There, National Honey Board Chef-Ambassador David Guas (author of "Grill Nation," Oxmoor Publishing – April 2015, and host of Travel Channel's 'American Grilled'), Master Mixologist Kim Haasarud (author and James Beard honored-mixologist) and Omni chefs combined their talents and expertise to create an array of honey cocktails and dishes that are featured in this year's poolside menu.

An in-room video highlights Omni's ongoing love affair with bees and honey, as well as the people and inspiration behind the new honey menu items.

"Guests from coast-to-coast can enjoy our special honey-inspired menu filled with the sweet or savory bites of summer, while sipping 'liquid-gold' cocktails designed to refresh any summer palate," said David Morgan, vice president of food and beverage at Omni Hotels & Resorts. "Honey bees create more than 300 different honey varietals in the United States alone, each with a different flavor and color profile, and some of which we have used to create this summer's menu to offer our guests a stirring experience."

The cocktail portion of the menu is divided into five regions – Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Texas and West – each featuring local and unique honey-infused cocktails. For example, travelers may find:

  • At a couple of the Southeast's most iconic resorts – The Omni Homestead Resort and The Omni Grove Park Inn – guests can enjoy the Honey Grapefruit Crush made with grapefruit jalapeno vodka, wildflower honey water (honey simple syrup), and a splash of fresh grapefruit and lemon juice.
  • To refresh in the West, travelers at the Omni San Diego Hotel can sip on a Pink Moon Shandy made with red grapefruit vodka shaken with orange blossom honey water, fresh lemon and grapefruit juices, topped with a light ale.
  • Patrons can enjoy the urban paradise on the rooftop pool in the Big Easy at the Omni Royal Orleans while sipping Wildflower Honey Punch made with honey whiskey, white sangria, bitters, wildflower honey water, hand-squeezed lime and lemon juices.
  • On the other hand, after 18 holes of golf at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa near Austin, Texas, guests can relax with the Gold Blossom Margarita or Honey Grapefruit Lemonade, both infused with orange blossom honey water.

In addition to the cocktails, each participating property will feature two honey-inspired entrees, which could include Honey Roasted Chicken Salad, Ale & Honey Braised Brat, Kale Salad with orange blossom honey vinaigrette, and Lemon-Alfalfa Honey Hummus.

"We are thrilled with every aspect of our collaboration with Omni Hotels, and especially with Omni's shared enthusiasm for honey," said Catherine Barry, NHB Director of Marketing.

The National Honey Board (NHB) is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers and foodservice professionals about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs. For more information about the NHB's foodservice initiatives, visit:

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