Marina Marchese, a beekeeper, author and founder of Red Bee Honey, will present a tour of her Red Bee Apiary followed by an artisanal honey tasting of five US Ark of Taste honeys in danger of extinction. Marchese is the president of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association of CT. She studied the sensory analysis of honey tasting in Montalcino, Italy and has presented her signature Honey Tasting Laboratory Workshops at top shelf NYC venues including Murray’s Cheese Shop, Artisanal Premium Cheese Center, and Mario Batali’s Eataly.
This tasting of endangered honeys from Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste is the first event of its kind and is a unique way to celebrate biodiversity and appreciate the provenance of our food. Guests will enjoy an educational afternoon learning about honeybees, how they make honey, how different varietals are created, and how beekeepers manage the hive and harvest honey. Marina will also discuss the vital role honeybees play in our food chain.
The Ark of Taste is an international catalog of foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution, and environmental damage. In an effort to cultivate consumer demand—key to agricultural conservation—only the best tasting endangered foods make it onto the Ark. Not surprising is the reality that all five honeys named by the Ark are all harvested here in the US, a sobering fact that reminds the public that we must do more to preserve these rare and precious nectar sources, our biological diversity, and our culinary heritage.
RSVP required and seats are limited.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 23, 1-3 pm, 2012
WHERE: RED BEE Apiary • 77 Lyons Plain Road • Weston, CT 06883 • www.redbee.com
RAIN DATE: Saturday, June 30, 1-3 pm, 2012
Tickets: $35 per person, RSVP online to reserve your seat; 25 guest limit.
REGISTRATION: Register online