Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Paying Attention to the Bees

Last night I had the great good fortune to attend an amazing event at the John Jay Homestead. It was a screening of a film: What are the Bees Telling Us?, a panel discussion and then a wine, cheese and honey tasting.

The honeys were simply divine. Marina Marchese a recent "Snail of Approval" honoree spoke and we sampled her honey. I was quite taken by the Blueberry Blossom personally. D.J. Haverkamp of Bedford Bee was also on hand talking about "colony collapse disorder" and a sampling of the mellowest taste of a honey comb. The flavor was nothing short of perfection. Fresh, sweet and so lovely ... eyes closed with a sigh.

Perfect compliments to the honey tasting were a selection of cheeses from Plum Plums Cheese, wine from Whitecliff Vineyards, and delicious breads from one of my favorite farmers market bakeries Wave Hill Breads.

The event was held in partnership with Slow Food Metro North and the John Jay Homestead. If you've never been to the Homestead, located at 400 Jay Street in Katonah, you simply must get up there. The property is beautiful and serene and every Saturday through October it hosts a lively Farm Market, with  fantastic vendors and music. It's one of my favorite locations to demo.

Speaking of which, I will be back at there on August 10 collaborating with Gaia's Breath Farm. Cooking up their delicious frying peppers.

In the meantime, do yourself a favor and read up about our bee crisis. It's something every human on this planet should be tuned in to.