Royalton unveils The Fireplace Sachet, developed in partnership with Brooklyn-based Wood Sommelier Ted Whitehead, aka The Woodman. The midtown boutique hotel boasts 55 wood-burning fireplaces in its guest rooms, the most of any NYC hotel. Five wood types have been chosen to allow guests to customize their in-room fires. To enhance the sensory experience, a menu of small plates and craft cocktails are available to complement each scent. Royalton has five fireplace sachets which are packaged fireplace ready in jute sacks. Royalton’s trained staff will handle setting up the fire. Along with this program, chef Vanessa Miller and renowned bartender Joshua Brandenburg have paired the wood scents with culinary combinations. I was so lucky to sample most of the scents, delicious treats and yummy cocktails. I love when you hear the stories behind the menu & cocktails. It was so funny because Joshua was talking about how every detail was so thought through even the ice cubes and that they get their ice cubes from http://www.okamotostudionyc.com/and then I think I read the next day that Barneys worked with them for some of the ice sculptures for their windows. Back to the fire sachets :
A bit more detail on this package:
The Maple Wood Sachet has a mellow scent that is slightly sweet and reminiscent of maple syrup. As its culinary companion, Chef Vanessa serves Maple Glazed Pork Belly Skewers with Radicchio and Sesame ($15), alongside Joshua’s Vermont Fizz ($18) – a divine combination of vanilla bean, maple, cream, gin and brandied cherries. For a light and fresh aura with hints of fruity sweetness, the Apple Wood Sachet is soothing with floral notes. Flavorful Apple Beignets are served with cider caramel and powdered sugar ($12), paired with a Sfumato – Apple smoked peach-infused Cointreau, peach puree and Prosecco topped with apple smoked peach garnish ($18). The Oak Wood Sachet is nutty and full-bodied with herbal depth, and is accompanied by Smoked Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Braised Short Rib, pickled red onion and arugula ($15) and The Last Tree – a combination of Partida Anejo, Green Chartreuse, Lime, Pine Needles and Agave ($18). The Pecan Wood Sachet, a mild scent that is nutty and spicy with subtle character, is served with Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Chopped Pecans, Barbecue Sea Salt and fresh thyme ($14) alongside Island of Hills – Woodford Reserve, oak-smoked pecan orgeat and Antica Carparo ($18). The Hickory Wood Sachet, which is often used by grillers for its robust and sweet quality, is served with Prosciutto and Ricotta Crostini with hickory smoked cranberries, burnt honey and greens ($14) and Joshua’s renowned Hickory Old Fashioned – which features charred hickory-infused bourbon, maple whiskey, Applejack and honey water ($18).
Eventually they are thinking of selling this unique and brilliant idea through the hotel so you can take the concept maybe home with you. Scott & I are going to be moving soon and hopefully we will have a working fireplace and would love to have this special thoughtful treat when guests come over.
There are five scents and I think that Apple was wonderful as well as Burn Baby Burn which is made with cherry wood. It is so interesting how these are all natural woods and how they each smell. It is very enchanting.
Royalton prepared an incredible evening for the launch of this program with the right amount of everything – a new concept that is brilliant, delicious food, interesting cocktails and great stories from everyone involved in this program.
Also they even thought of music – I met Michaelangelo L’Acqua when I had my pr company working on another project – he is a musical genius. The fact that he created a special list for this program is great – I was curious to see some of the songs he picked … I don’t want to release all of them but will note some of the ones he mentioned that are some of my favorites as well that I know I would be pleased to hear –
When all you want to do is hide away, light a fire and listen to music with your favorite person. These songs, some current and some classic, will inspire you to surrender to the change in weather and live in the moment – Michaelangelo L’Acqua
To further enhance Royalton Fireplace’s sensory immersion, the following playlist was created by Michaelangelo L’Acqua, Morgans Hotel Group’s music director. Michaelangelo is an internationally acclaimed music-branding specialist. His career began in 1999 when Tom Ford called on his talents to musically translate his design visions for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent to the runways of Milan & Paris. Since then, he has become a driving force in the music and hospitality industry.
And any playlist that ends with FADE INTO YOU – that is a great playlist **
- Going Home – Ásgeir
- Forest Fires – Axel Flovent
- Sideways – Citizen Cope
- How Come You Never Go There – Feist
- Lovley Head – Goldfrapp
- Paper Bag – Goldfrapp
- Au Cinéma – Lianne La Havas
- Strong – London Grammar
- Wait – M83
- Flying Into Tokyo – Magnetic Man
- Fade Into You – Mazzy Star