Last summer I had the great pleasure to sit down with James Beard Award–winning food writer Rowan Jacobsen here at Red Bee Apiary for a tasting flight of more than 25 honeys. For those of you who are not familiar with Rowan, he is a food writer and author of five books including Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis which addresses the disappearing honeybee syndrome. In his new book American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of our Woods, Waters, and Fields, Rowan explains the French concept of Terroir or "Taste of Place" for the best of local foods found here in America.
Fresh off the plane from my recent trip to the Honey Festival in Montalcino, I found the advanced reading copy in my heaping pile of mail. With memories of Tuscan honey still fresh on my tongue, I dived into Rowan's new book to find a hilarious recount of his visit with me and our honey tasting experience together which begins on page 90. Rowan refers to me as "The Red Queen" and takes the reader along the ride for an intimate look into my private vault of honeys, nectar source by nectar source. In detail we discuss each of the honeys by their aromas, colors and flavor profiles, just as it was fine wine. Our two day honey binge practically left him in a honey-induced coma. It is a rare event for me to stumble upon someone who will actually entertain my passion for single-origin honeys and Rowan lived to tell the story. If you are a locavore and foodie, American Terroir will satisfy your hunger!
Red Bee Honey Tasting Events
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
Le Pain Quotidien Speaker Series
Mineral Springs location, Central Park, NYC at 6:30 pm
OCTOBER 16, 2010
First Annual Connecticut Cheese & Wine Festival
25 Hopkins Rd in New Preston, CT
Red Bee Honey signature Tasting Table
Saturday October 16, 2010 from 11 am to 5 pm
Honey and Cheese school
+ Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 7-9 pm
Fairfield Cheese Shop
2090 Post Road Fairfield, CT 203.292.8194
Honeys and artisanal cheeses with complementary wines from Harry's Wine and Liquor.
Heavenly Honey and Artisanal Cheeses
+ Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Artisanal Premium Cheese Center, Manhattan, NY
483 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Join beekeeper and author of Honeybee: Lessons from an
Accidental Beekeeper, Marina Marchese, owner of Red Bee
Honey and Fromagere Erin Hedley for an enlightening
evening of discovery with delectable pairings of
artisanal honeys and artisanal cheeses with complementary wines.
How Sweet it is: Honey & Cheese
+ Monday, November 15, 2010 at 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
254 Bleecker St.(between 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY 10014 RSVP:212.243.3289
We'll be pairing Red Bee single varietal American
honeys with the finest farmhouse cheeses.
HONEYBEE book signing to follow