Taste Local Honey at Red Bee
The local food movement has certainly taken hold in the Fairfield area. We have at least three thriving farmer’s markets, a Whole Foods Market, and several CSAs. We have quite a few restaurants in the area within a stone’s throw from the center of town that boast local and organic fare.
But there’s one tasty treat that many people forget has been and always will be a local food: honey. In fact, honey has made its debut on the food stage as the new “It Girl” in the culinary world. And Marina Marchese, owner of Red Bee Honey in Weston, knows it.
On June 23rd, Marchese will host The Ark of Taste—Honey Tasting, sponsored by Slow Food Metro North. It will take place at her apiary in Weston from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for that local gourmet experience, this is it! The Red Bee Honey tasting takes it to a new level. With formal linens and place settings in a natural surrounding, you can easily pretend that it’s an upscale backyard wedding.
But more than just nice tablecloths with a few pretty flowers, it will also be a lesson in bees—how they make honey and how we harvest it. Bees are vital to everything we grow and eat. Without them, we wouldn’t have the variety of foods we enjoy. Sometimes we forget that connection. This tasting will help us remember it by showcasing five of the honeys in the United States that are in danger of becoming extinct.
Marchese, known as the local honey "sommelier," is the president of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association in Connecticut. She studied the sensory analysis of honey tasting in Montalcino, Italy and has presented her signature Honey Tasting Laboratory Workshops at such top-notch venues like Murray’s Cheese Shop, Artisanal Premium Cheese Center and Eataly in New York City. Slow Food Metro North will be honoring Ms. Marchese with a Snail of Approval award at this event.
The rain date is June 30th at the same time. Tickets are $35 per person with a 25-guest limit. But no worries if you miss this one. Marchese has a listing on her site for more honey tastings in July and August.
For more information about Red Bee Honey, visit Marchese’s site at www.redbee.com. For more information about Slow Food Metro North, visit www.slowfoodmetronorth.org