NEW YORK - In celebration of September's National Honey Month, the Waldorf Astoria New York and Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, on Maui, both members of the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand, are showcasing each property's resident beehives through the inaugural "Battle of the Bees" coupled with a honey-infused menu exchange.  Hotel teams hope to use the event and exchange to draw awareness to the plight of the bee population while providing guests with distinctive menu options.

"We are pleased to begin a lasting partnership with our sister property on Maui through this exciting event," remarked Waldorf Astoria New York General Manager Eric O. Long.  "Bees are essential to the world's ecosystem and our beehives have become an important part of our ability to aid the environment while providing an unforgettable guest experience."

Both hotels are home to a set of beehives and use the produced honey in a variety of ways throughout each property.  The Waldorf Astoria New York's hives are housed on a 20th floor rooftop space with sweeping views of the Chrysler Building and produce Top of the Waldorf Rooftop Honey that is incorporated in culinary dishes, cocktails and the Guerlain Spa treatments.  The Grand Wailea's apiaries reside on the rooftop of the Haleakala Ballroom in line of sight to kiawe trees that bloom with white, sweet-scented flowers.  The property's rooftop honey is used in its seven restaurants, bars, lounges and consistently ranked top resort spa, Spa Grande.

"Being the largest resort on Maui, Grand Wailea prides itself on implementing innovative programs in order to support the surrounding remarkable and precious environment," said Christina Yumul, Director of Public Relations & Marketing for the Grand Wailea.  "The Waldorf Astoria New York shares this sentiment and we hope our combined efforts help showcase the important influence of bees and will bring attention to the global honey bee colony collapse crisis."

A panel of esteemed judges will decide which hotel's honey reigns supreme in the inaugural "Battle of the Bees" event on Sept. 4. Guest judges include Tim Zagat, co-founder and co-chair of Zagat, Brent Barkman, chairman of Barkman Honey and chairman of the National Honey Board, Izabela Wojcik, James Beard Foundation, Danielle Dotzenrod of the Tennis Channel and Zeke Freeman, founder of Bee Raw and the Save the Bees foundation.  After the winning property's honey is chosen, guests of the hotels will be able to taste honey-exchanged dishes throughout the month of September.  Waldorf Astoria New York diners can order the Grand Wailea's Roof Top Honey and Macadamia Nut Nuts Baklava in Oscar's Brassiere and Bull & Bear Steakhouse while sipping on "Beehave" cocktail in Peacock Alley.  Grand Wailea guests will enjoy the Waldorf Astoria New York's Oxtail Crostini with caramelized onion, shallot honey, heirloom tomato and rooftop herbs at signature restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua'a and the "Wax Poetic" cocktail at Botero Bar.

The rooftop beehive initiatives at the Waldorf Astoria New York and Grand Wailea provide culinary and experiential experiences that are a true essence of the Waldorf Astoria brand.

Contacts:
Kristie Deptula
+1 212 868 1900 x257
kdeptula@quinnandco.com

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