Carla Marina Marchese
is the designer and beekeeper behind the beloved brand, Red Bee Honey and the co-author of The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey. She is the first and only American to be a Member of the Italian National Registry of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey and founder of The American Honey Tasting Society.
After graduating from The School of Visual Arts, Marina’s illustrations were featured in Victoria Magazine, Macy’s and Woman’s Wear Daily launching an international design career that sent her between NYC and Shanghai. In 2000 Marina was invited to visit a neighbor’s apiary where her first taste of fresh honey from the beehive would change the course of her life. She quit her job, built a beehive and acquired some Italian honeybees to become a beekeeper. It was on a visit to Montalcino, Italy “The City of Honey” that Marina became passionate about the diverse flavor profiles of honey determined by the type of nectar gathered by the honeybees. Compelled by the philosophy of terroir, Marina studied wine tasting in order to transfer those skills to honey tasting which lead her to curate a collection of single-origin seasonal honeys under her own Red Bee Brand. Her best selling memoir, Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper chronicles Marina’s entrepreneurial journey into the world beekeeping. This year Marina is thrilled to be traveling around the US teaching about honey with The National Honey Board.
Red Bee Apiary has been featured on ABC-TV’s The Chew, and she is the past president of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association of Connecticut and proud recipient of the Slow Food Snail of Approval.
Media and Publicity Inquiries
CONTACT: Kara Thornton
at Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers
Splendid Table – NPR American Public Radio5 Questions for Marina Marchese, Founder of The American Honey Tasting SocietyTaste Trekkers Radio – Where to Eat Honey
Washington Post Free Range on Food Chat
Organic View Radio – The American Honey Tasting Society