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Sweet Gift Ideas: Red Bee Holiday Boutique This Weekend in Weston

20 Dec

Marina Marchese, she's the bee's knees

Marina Marchese, she’s the bee’s knees (from press release)

Red Bee Honey is hosting a Holiday Boutique on 12/21 and 12/22 from 11-4 pm on both days at the Red Bee Cottage in Weston.  While this is a perfect time for the gift procrastinator (you know who you are), it’s also a great time to get some stocking stuffers or just stock up on some great local goods.

The Honey Connoisseur Marina MarcheseYes, you can expect Red Bee Honey there (with a free tasting too!), but there are tons more to purchase, too.  There will be handmade soaps, beeswax candles, lip balms, skin care products, and you can even put together your own gift boxes.  And, for the sweetest gift of all, you could buy Marina’s books (Honeybee:  Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper and The Honey Connoisseur) and she’ll even sign them.

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Patricia Wells, Debra Ponzek, Michele Stuart, and Marina Marchese at Darien and Stamford Libraries for Talks, Signings, and Tastings

16 Oct

There’s nothing quite as fulfilling as following a recipe and then killing it.  Yeah, you feel like you’re at the top of your game and that you could even be told by Joe Bastianich, Graham Elliot, and Gordon Ramsay that your dish is restaurant quality.  And, you have to admit, it’s even better when your dinner guests nod and moan in approval as they taste what you’ve worked so hard on.

So, if you’d like to learn some more about cooking, putting together recipes, the life of a cookbook author, and get some delicious tastes of food along the way, we have two great events coming up at the Darien and Stamford libraries for you.

Darien Library

Patricia Wells (THE Patricia Wells), author of The French Kitchen Cookbook:  Recipes and Lesson from Paris and Provence will be talking about her latest cookbook.  She has won the James Beard Award for both cookbooks, The Provence CookbookPatricia Wells at Home in Provence, and Simply French.  Wells has also been honored by France for her commitment to French culture and cuisine.  In addition to the talk and signing, Darien Library staff members will be cooking and baking recipes from Patricia’s book that will be a part of the fun (and food) filled night.  This all goes down at the Darien Library starting at 7 pm on 10/23.  Patricia’s appearance is funded by the people at Barrett Bookstore who will be on hand with books for purchase.    If you can’t find a spot at the library, park at Thorndal Circle.

Darien Library
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT

Stamford Library

 After you visited The Darien Library, you’ll definitely want to head out to The Ferguson Library in Stamford.  On November 6, starting at 6:30 pm, they will have three celebrated cookbook authors on hand with tastings from the brand new Boca and California Pizza Kitchen.  Tickets are $15 and that includes a wine and cheese reception that starts at 6.

First up is Debra Ponzek, who is co-owner of Aux Delices.  She was placed in the list of “Ten Best New American Chefs” by Food & Wine Magazine and has authored French Food American Accent, The Summer House Cookbook, The Family Kitchen, and The  Dinnertime Survival Cookbook.  Also, Michele Stuart the owner and awesome pastry chef of Michele’s Pies in Norwalk and Westport will be there.  She’ll be talking about and sharing her brand new book Perfect Pies & 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, some of the best honey that we’ve ever tasted.  She has written Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper and has recently co-authored The Honey Connoisseur with Kim Flottum of Bee Culture Magazine.  

All three of these lovely ladies will be there at The Ferguson Library.  Again, the fun begins at 6 and the talks begin at 6:30 with book sales and signings right after.  Proceeds from this event will help fund The Ferguson Library and all the amazing work that they do throughout the year.

The Ferguson Library
One Public Library Plaza
Stamford, CT

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

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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.

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Red Bee Honey Offers Tastings and Brings the Holiday Cheer with Their Holiday Boutique

30 Nov

Bzzzy this weekend?  How about some holiday fun, sweetened up with locally produced Red Bee Honey?  If you’re not familiar with Red Bee Honey, then let us share just a little bit o’ information.  Red Bee Honey is run by Marina Marchese, an expert and pioneer in all things honey.  First off, she studied honey tasting in Montalcino, Italy.  Did you know that you could study honey tasting?  Awesome!  In fact, she discovered that different variables such as pollen, climate, and soil can create differences in taste.  Don’t believe us?  Check out TheNibble.com for varieties of honey, along with their colors and tasting notes.

Red Bee Artisanal Honey is a single-origin honey, meaning that it’s not collected from different places across the country or world.  It’s local, it’s pure, and it’s un-putzed-around-with.  Marina Marchese has also written a book about her experience called Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper, she is founder of The American Honey Tasting Society, and her apiology (we had to look that word up) knowledge has been sought after by Eataly, The Food Network, Yahoo!, The Chew, and more.  You’ll find the sweet stuff at Red Bee Cottage, local markets, or at restaurants such as Terrain (remember when we ate awesome scallops with English peas, Terrain bacon, horseradish, and locally awesome Red Bee Honey?)

So, it’s time to meet Marina, taste some Red Bee Honey, and bring some goodies home for yourself, your friends, and anybody else you’d like to woo.

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