Food Fraud: Are We Getting What We Pay For?

professional olive oil tasting

Food fraud—tampering, diluting, mislabeling, substituting, or misrepresenting food, ingredients, or packaging for the sole intent of financial gain—is pervasive and widespread. Remember when horse meat was detected a few years ago in what was thought to be hamburger in the UK and Ireland? This was not the first—nor the last—incident of food fraud. Fooling the consumer with a little bait and switch has been going on for thousands of years.

Taste the Terroir of Connecticut Honey

Connecticut beekeeper, author and honey sommelier C. Marina Marchese will take guests on a tasting journey to discover the unique sensory qualities (terroir!) of hyper-regional, Connecticut honeys including selections from Honey Oak Farm in Woodbury, Hannan Honey in Southbury, Autumn Harvest Orchard in Norfolk, and Marina’s own Red Bee apiary in Weston.

Queen of the Sun Film Screening, Discussion and Honey Tasting

Please Join Slow Food Metro North at the John Jay Homestead for a Film Screening of Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? This Award-Winning Film About Colony Collapse Disorder, the Global Crisis Threatening Our Food System, will be followed by a Honey Tasting Featuring Marina Marchese, Red Bee Honey Founder and Author of The Honey Connoisseur.

Taste the Terroir of American Honey

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, Slow Food Metro North, Audubon Greenwich, and the Fairfield Green Food Guide are pleased to present Taste the Terroir of American Honey. Honey bees play a vital role in our food chain, pollinating one-third of the food we eat and producing a wide range of artisanal honeys. Red Bee Honey founder, beekeeper and author Marina Marchese will take guests on a tasting journey to discover the unique sensory qualities (terroir!) of 7 single varietal U.S. honeys featured in her latest book, The Honey Connoissuer, and how to best pair them with food.

Artisan Chocolate & Single Origin Honey Tasting and Pairing Event

Knipschildt Chocolates + Red Bee Honeys =Artisan Deliciousness!

This innovative tasting and pairing of artisan chocolates and single origin honeys is a sit down, educational affair complete with Cava and hors d’oeuvres. Knipschildt founder and chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt and Red Bee honey founder, beekeeper and author Marina Marchese will guide and educate guests through the tasting flights. RSVP to

Red Bee Holiday Open House 2012

Red Bee Honey is holding their annual Holiday Open House at the apiary in Weston on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Shop for Red Bee single nectar source honeys, honey tasting kits, mini honeycombs (new!), handmade soaps, candles, and beeswax-based skincare products while you enjoy an open Honey Tasting table with Wave Hill bread, assorted cheeses, and warm beverages by the bonfire.

Gift sets start at $10 and are perfect for babysitters, teachers, and stocking stuffers. For your convenience, free gift wrap and cards are included with all purchases.

Red Bee’s Marina Marchese Nominated for Martha Stewart Living’s American Made Award

Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey in Wilton has been selected this month as one of the finalists for Martha Stewart Presents American Made from nearly 2,000 nominees. And with your support, Marina can win!! Marina’s a pioneer in the artisan honey movement and her single nectar source honeys (think blueberry and pumpkin blossom) are coveted by chefs and discerning consumer alike.

If you’re a fan of The Chew, tune in on Monday, September 17, 2012 to see what the crew brought back from a recent visit to her apiary.

Olive Oil & Honey Tasting & Pairing Workshop @ Red Bee Apiary

Up for a food adventure? Red Bee Apiary is holding a Honey and Artisan Olive Oil Tasting & Pairing Workshop that marries the best of monofloral honeys with single varietal olive oils. For this special tasting, Marina Marchese, a beekeeper, author and founder of Red Bee Honey, teams up with Alina Lawrence of Olivette, purveyor of quality olive oils in Darien, CT. After a tour of the apiary, you’ll be formally seated at the tasting table to discover new flavor sensations and magical pairings ideas that you can easily translate to your own dining table. All paid guest will receive a signed copy of Marina’s book HONEYBEE:Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper and a sample bottle of olive oil from Olivette.

Red Bee Honey Presents a Tasting of Rare US Honeys

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.

Fairfield Green Food Guide
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