Honeybees are such amazing creatures,
I've made them my life.
Carla Marina Marchese
Designer and founder Red Bee Honey
Carla Marina Marchese is changing the way people taste and think about honey, this designer turned beekeeper is the visionary behind the iconic brand Red Bee Honey. During a former career as an international designer, Marina unexpectedly visited 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 a honey festival in Montalcino, Italy, “The City of Honey”, that Marina became passionate about honey and the diverse floral sources that determine a honeys color, aroma and flavor. 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 honeys launching the Red Bee Brand. She returned to Italy to continue her formal education becoming the first US citizen to be accepted as a member of the Italian National Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, Marina began her career by designing textiles for trendy sportswear and accessory companies that have graced the pages of Women’s Wear Daily and the aisles of major department stores. Red Bee honey has been recognized for its innovative packaging and label designs landing the cover of American Bee Journal then earning the Slow Food Snail of Approval.
Passionate about nature and environmental issues around food, Marina's best selling book Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper chronicles her entrepreneurial journey into beekeeping and how Red Bee's became a nationally recognized brand. Her second book, The Honey Connoisseur Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey co-authored with Kim Flottum (editor of Bee Culture Magazine) is the definitive guide to honey, it floral sources and flavors . Marina was invited to write the chapter on honey for Beekeeping for Dummies by her mentor Howland Blackiston. She has appeared on ABC-TV’s The Chew, The Untitled Action Bronson Show - Viceland TV and On the Road with Edible Nutmeg. Marina will be featured with Emmy award winner Richard Weise in Weekends with Yankee on PBS in 2019. James Beard award winning author Rowan Jacobsen wrote about Marina's obsession with varietal honey in his book, American Terroir.
Media and Publicity Inquiries
CONTACT: Kara Thornton
at Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers
Carla Marina's personal web site is honeysommelier.com.