The Art of Garden to Table at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Sixth-generation farmer Anthony Williams creates organic garden at Four Seasons Dallas, a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
July 8, 2020,
Dallas, U.S.A.

Patience, passion, and a love for the environment are the key ingredients to creating a flourishing garden anywhere.  There is a man who embodies all of those, plus a dash of humility and a pinch of great leadership – Anthony Williams, Director of Golf and Landscape Operations at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.  Anthony, along with the entire grounds team, have planted, grown, and nourished the Resort’s 1,500 square foot (140 square metre) organic garden that sits adjacent to LAW, the Resort’s signature restaurant.

The garden was imagined and planted in celebration of Earth Day 2019, and has been thriving ever since.  Anthony, a sixth-generation farmer from Georgia, has planted more than 25 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and greens in the garden space for the Resort's culinary teams to utilise.

“Growing and taking care of this garden is deeply rooted in my legacy as a sixth-generation farmer,” says Williams. “I receive great joy in witnessing others enjoy the beauty and bounty the garden provides.  I am a simple man with a big dream of making sure we share the spirit of Four Seasons hospitality in everything we do – even a garden.”

The chefs and bartenders at LAW restaurant have been able to harvest and incorporate the garden’s ingredients into dining and cocktail menus.  Items harvested to date include pumpkins, peppers, purple top turnips, sage, mint, mustard greens, tomatoes, strawberries, string beans, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, basil, cucumbers, European/African lavender and jalapeños.

“Our team loves to venture out to the garden and pick fresh produce to use for dinner in LAW,” says Paulo Gama, LAW Restaurant Chef.  “It gives us the opportunity to be creative and encourages our passion for imagining new dishes and sharpening our culinary craft.”

The garden not only provides a fruitful harvest of organic items, it is also a place of reflection.  A serenity tree was planted near the garden on Earth Day 2018 in remembrance of employees who have passed away.  At that time, all employees were invited to help plant the greenery around the serenity tree, allowing everyone the opportunity to contribute.  As the garden was built, the landscape team added memory stones that employees wrote meaningful messages on in honour of those who have passed.  In the spirit of Take Your Time, guests can sit at the firepit near the serenity tree and garden to have a moment of reflection and connection with the environment.