Honey Tasting Laboratory Workshops™
at Red Bee Apiary
Come Taste the Terroir of Honey!
The American Honey Tasting Society’s “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 communal farmhouse style table surrounded by our apiary and edible gardens to explore and taste single-origin honey. 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. Most importantly – Learn how to select quality honeys and identify adulterated and honey fraud in the marketplace. 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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Red Bee Welcomes guest instructor Jordan Zimmerman from Murray’s Cheese in NYC.
Come learn the nuances of all things cheesy as Marina and Jordan pair up once again this time in our apiary to introduce you to the sublime pairings of Red Bee honey and Murray’s cheese.
Jordan serves as the Manager of Events and Education for Murray’s Cheese, New York City’s oldest and most revered cheese shop. She originally hails from Mesquite, Texas, home of the championship rodeo. As a graduate of Yale University with a degree in American Studies and a 120-page thesis on the Creolized Vietnamese food of New Orleans East, she credits as it was precisely a summer of researching oyster plates and beignets for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana as her inspiration to “practice food” professionally. She has since dabbled in food writing (check out her articles on the popular Serious Eats blog), sustainable farming, brick oven pizza-making, and compulsive cocktail mixing, and is a member of the United States Bartender’s Guild as well as a teaching assistant for the International Wine Center and their Wine and Spirits Education Trust certification program. A serious Southern debutante who believes in the gospel of Emily Post and SEC football, she revels in the opportunity to teach every cheese course possible, encouraging her students to truly engage when their food—especially when it means eating and drinking with one’s mouth open.
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Talk, Tour and Honey Tasting Dates – $25.00 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Join us at Red Bee apiary for our wildly popular Talk, Tour and Honey Tasting. These events are designed for short one hour educational visit and walk through our apiary gardens and an introduction to the diverse floral sources and varietals of honeys with an informal tasting style. Small groups such as garden clubs, home schoolers and woman’s clubs are welcomed. If you prefer, contact us to book your own date for your group.
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Locavores interested in your local honey choices from East coast floral sources: Linden, Black Locust, Blueberry blossom, Bamboo, Cranberry, Buckwheat and Wildflower from various local regions. Taste a piece of East Coast culinary heritage.
––––– Slow Food Ark of Taste Endangered American Honey Tasting Dates – $65.00 –––––
American national treasure honeys: Tupelo, Sourwood, Inkberry, Kiawe and Guajillo are each 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.
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Honey lovers who love to travel will enjoy this international Honey Tasting Flight. Learn about the unique and diverse floral sources around the world as we taste the terroir of honeys from Spain, Italy, Africa, Ukraine, South America and Australia. You’ll be surprised to learn that all honey is not necessarily sweet!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014 1-3 pm
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!
Planning Your Visit to Red Bee Apiary:
Red Bee Apiary is located in the quaint town of Weston in Fairfield County Connecticut. We welcome visitors to spend some time in the area a s we are less than 10 miles form the beaches on the Long Island Sound and boast many lovely restaurants, entertainment and hiking trails. Here are a few resources to make your visit pleasurable. Please contact us with any questions, we would be happy to answer any questions.
Talk, Tours and Honey Tastings events last 90 minutes unless otherwise stated in event details, including Q&A. RSVP and pre-payment is required to reserve your spot. Guest will be welcomed to make browse and make purchases of Red Bee honey, copies of Marina’s books or other product offerings. All events take place outside in our apiary gardens, guest are encouraged to dress according to the weather and set a rain date to reserve their place on our calendar. If you are traveling from out of town here are a few resources to make your trip easier.
How to get to Red Bee Apiary:
Red Bee ® Apiary and Gardens is located in Weston, CT MAP QUEST We are one hour outside of NYC and easily accessible by car or train from the tri-state area.
Travel by Train:
Red Bee is seven miles from the Westport Metro North train station.
Taxi service is available at the train station. From New York City: At Grand Central Station, take Metro North’s New Haven Railroad line to the Westport, Connecticut train station.
Buy tickets and review train schedule: Metro North Train Schedule.
Travel by Air:
Where to Stay:
Here is a list of local accommodations in and around the Weston area.
*Please Note: 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.