Honey Tasting Laboratory Workshops
Come Taste the Terroir of Honey!
Red Bee Apiary’s “Talk, Tours and Honey Tasting Laboratory Workshops” are opportunities for you to visit a working apiary and experience honey at its source. Beekeeper and Honey Sommelier, Marina will treat guest to a tour of her Red Bee Apiary and Gardens, once the home of celebrity ballerina and author Gelsey Kirkland and dancing partner of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Guest will gather at a farmhouse style table over looking our edible gardens, coops and apiary to taste and evaluate artisanal honeys based upon her new book The Honey Connoisseur. Learn how honeybees make this liquid gold we call honey, how terroir and nectar source determines a honeys color and flavor and how honey is harvested and extracted from the hive. Participants will be encouraged to engage their curiosity through discussions while learning how to identify flavor profiles in honey and their floral sources. Each menu is a carefully orchestrated “Tasting Flight” of seven single-origin local honeys and seven perfectly paired with seasonal accompaniments; locally and estate produced – cheese, fruit, chocolate, olive oils, nuts, bread, spices or herbs. Guest will record their tasting impressions on the Honey Tasting score sheet based upon aroma, color, flavor, taste and pairings. Honey Tasting Laboratory Workshops are truly the Art of Honey for all it’s Culinary Pleasures!
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Cost is $65.00 per guest.
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Sunday, May 18, 2014 1-3 pm – Slow Food/Ark of Taste Endangered Honey – $65.00
Tupelo, Sourwood, Inkberry, Kiawe and Guajillo honeys are all harvested from plants that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution and environmental damage. Taste a piece of American culinary heritage.
Sunday, June 8, 2014 1-3 pm – Talk, Tour and Honey Tasting with a Harvest Demonstration – $65.00
Guest will be treated to a talk about honeybees and their essential pollination services for 80% of our fresh foods. Learn how and why honeybees make honey then we will gather at a communal farm table for a tasting flight of 5 US honeys from important nectar sources for our nations honeybees along with 5 perfectly paired accompaniments. A short honey harvest demo will let you taste fresh honey as it comes untouched by human hands straight from the beehive. A rare and special treat for anyone who adores honey!
Sunday, September TBA – The American Honey Tasting Society Certification Course -
Explore the sensory analysis of the major honeys of the United States and throughout the world by examining it’s color, aroma, textures and flavor profiles. In this two day intensive course students will learn everything you need to know about honey from flower to spoon. Learn to identify nectar sources, honey plants and the various regions that each honey was produced. Then explore and identify the seven designated colors of honey, the vast aromas and flavor profiles using the honey aroma and tasting vocabulary. Understand the chemistry and why water content so important. You will learn how to identify fermented, adulterated and crystallized honeys. How does terroir of honey and the major honey plants of the world change the sensory qualities of each honey. Learn about pollen in honey and its health benefits. The course will also cover basic beekeeping, hive management and honey harvest. We will spend time in the apiary inspecting hives. Copies of Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum’s (editor of Bee Culture Magazine) new book The Honey Connoisseur will be the text and included in the cost of the course. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for at the end of the two day course and a one year membership to The American Honey Tasting Society newsletter. This course is open to chefs, artisan food producers and retailers, beekeepers and anyone who is interested in transparency in food.
Where: Red Bee ® Apiary and Gardens, Weston, CT MAP QUEST
Talk, Tours and Honey Tastings events last 90 minutes, including Q&A and a book signing afterwards. Guest are limited to 30. Since these events are outside, guest are encouraged to set a rain date to reserve their place on our calendar. Red Bee Apiary is one hour outside of NYC.
Getting Here: If you are traveling from out of town here are a few resources to make your trip easier.
Hartford, CT; LaGuardia or JFK both in NY
*Please Note: Refunds will not be available! If for any reason you cannot attend the workshop or the designated rain date after you have reserved and paid, you are welcomed to attend any other tasting event at Red Bee Apiary throughout the summer provided we receive at least 48 hours notice of cancellation. We will accommodate your reservation change one time only. If you are unable to attend the second date of your choice we will not be able to refund your money as workshops fill up quickly and we plan staff, rentals and menus on behalf of your registration. If we do not receive your cancellation, we will expect that you are coming and set a place for you. Please let us know if you have conflicts as soon as possible so that we may accommodate you.
Visitors to Red Bee Apiary will be required to sign a standard liability waiver to cover the cost of insurance while spending time on the property.