SWEET! Book Signing and Honey Tasting with Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey at Greenwich Audubon

10 Jun

The Honey Connoisseur Marina Marchese

“Tart words make no friends; a spoonful or honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.” Ben Franklin

“When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.” Joseph Joubert

“`Well,’ said Pooh, `what I like best –‘ and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” Henry David Thoreau

“We lived for honey. We swallowed a spoonful in the morning to wake us up and one at night to put us to sleep. We took it with every meal to calm the mind, give us stamina, and prevent fatal disease. We swabbed ourselves in it to disinfect cuts or heal chapped lips. It went in our baths, our skin cream, our raspberry tea and biscuits. Nothing was safe from honey…honey was the ambrosia of the gods and the shampoo of the goddesses.”  Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Marina Marchese, she's the bee's knees

Marina Marchese, she’s the bee’s knees

Who knew that there were so many things to say about honey and how deep and philosophical honey could be?  We dig what Winnie the Pooh was saying about the anticipation of eating the honey being one of the sweetest things ever, but…hey, we know he’s never had some Red Bee Artisanal Honey.  That’s craft, high-quality honey that’s produced in Weston, Connecticut by C. Marina Marchese.  She’s not only the person who created Red Bee Artisanal Honey, she’s also a beekeeper, and has authored two very successful books.  Her first book is Honeybee:  Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper and her newest book is called The Honey Connoisseur, written with Kim Flottum who is editor of Bee Culture Magazine.  In this brand new book, Marina and Kim discuss the origins, flavors, pairings, and uses of more than 30 different varieties of honey.  Yeah, so, there’s more than one type of honey…definitely more than that golden plastic bear filled with honey you find at the stores.  You’ll learn how to taste and pick out the perfect honey to match with your foods, plus you’ll learn about all the factors that go into the production of honey, basically called terroir.  You’ll also find some recipes inside to put your newfound honey knowledge to the test.

If you already have one of Marina’s books, or if you’d like a chance to pick one up, there will be a special book signing and tasting event going on June 22 from 4-6 at the Audubon Greenwich.  Marina will be there and talk about the unique qualities that make up 7 varietals of US Honey, featured in The Honey Connoisseur.  She’ll also be sharing what you can best pair these types of honey with.  In addition, there will be a very special tasting of sourwood honey…this is the stuff of legend, so we hear.  In addition, there will be a silent auction consisting of amazing artisan food items and exciting educational experiences that will benefit the mission of Slow Food Metro North:  “food that is good, clean, and fair.”  The Taste the Terroir of American Honey event is in celebration of National Pollinator Week and has been brought together via Slow Food Metro North, Audubon Greenwich, and Fairfield Green Food Guide.

Book Signing and Honey Tasting with Marina Marchese of Red Bee Artisanal Honey

6/22 from 4-6

Greenwich Audubon

613 Riversville Road

Greenwich, CT 06831 


2 Responses to “SWEET! Book Signing and Honey Tasting with Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey at Greenwich Audubon”


  1. Sweet Gift Ideas: Red Bee Holiday Boutique This Weekend in Weston | OmNomCT - December 20, 2013

    […] of all, you could buy Marina’s books (Honeybee:  Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper and The Honey Connoisseur) and she’ll even sign […]


  2. Patricia Wells, Debra Ponzek, Michele Stuart, and Marina Marchese at Darien and Stamford Libraries for Talks, Signings, and Tastings | OmNomCT - October 16, 2013

    […] & More, a follow up to her wildly popular Perfect Pies.  And, last but certainly not least, is Marina Marchese who we have written about before many times.  Marina is the founder of Red Bee ® Artisanal Honey, […]


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