Author, beekeeper, and honey sommelier Marina Marchese will present a guided honey tasting of three rare and endangered honeys cataloged in Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste. She will discuss how honeybees make liquid gold, their importance in our ecosystem, floral nectar sources, and how terroir determines flavor profiles. Marchese is the founder of Red Bee Honey, the author of “The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting and Pairing Honey, with a Guide to More than 30 Varietals”, and the founder of The American Honey Tasting Society.
Following a Q&A session with Marchese, Chef Silvia Baldini of Strawberry and Sage will demonstrate how to make an heirloom carrot soup showcasing an Ark of Taste honey while guests enjoy a tasting. Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide will inform guests about rare and delicious heirloom and Ark of Taste foods, and provide insider tips for sourcing them. Immediately following the presentations, guests are invited to socialize while savoring Ark of Taste honey-soaked cakes by Chef Silvia and locally-roasted coffee from Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters. This event is a co-production of Fairfield Green Food Guide and Strawberry and Sage.
About Marina Marchese
Marina Marchese is the designer and beekeeper behind Red Bee Honey and the author of The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey and her best-selling memoir, Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper. She is a leading expert on single-origin honey and the founder of The American Honey Tasting Society.
Marchese is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts and received her honey training from the National Registry of Experts of Sensory Analysis of Honey in Italy and the Welsh Method of Honey Judging at the University of Georgia.
She has taught honey tasting courses at Eataly, Slow Food Metro North, Murray’s Cheese Shop, and Artisanal Premium Cheese Center. Marina’s Red Bee Apiary has been featured on ABC-TV’s The Chew, and she is the past president of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association of Connecticut.
Most recently, Marina was invited to lead the inaugural honey tasting panel for The Good Food Awards in San Francisco.Redbee.com
About Chef Silvia Baldini
Silvia Baldini always dreamed of being a chef, even during her successful career as an art director. After seventeen years in advertising, she realized her dream by returning to school, graduating from the Cornell and French Culinary Institute and ultimately receiving a Grand Cuisine Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London. After working as a chef at prestigious Michelin star restaurants throughout Europe, Silvia returned to the East Coast and established her creative food group, Strawberry and Sage. Silvia has been featured in Saveur, the James Beard Blog, and has appeared on national TV cooking shows. Among her many clients are Bank of America, Royal Scottish Society, and Vista Caballo,JMcLaughlin, and Ralph Lauren as well as private individuals, celebrities, food photographers and cookbook authors. Strawberryandsage.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Analiese Paik
Analiese Paik is a local-sustainable food advocate and founder of fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com, a digital news publication dedicated to helping Fairfield County consumers eat more locally and sustainably. Her work has garnered a 2015 Morris Media Group Green Award and 2012 Slow Food Snail of Approval Award. She was featured in Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine as a “foodie who makes a difference” in recognition of both her current work and many years as a PTA volunteer advocating for better school food.
Following a successful career in marketing management, Paik attended the Institute of Culinary Education and studied wine at the International Wine Center. She has been featured as a green food advocate and expert in Fairfield Magazine, Fairfield County Life,Stamford Advocate, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, and Westport Magazine, among others. Fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com, Analiese@fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com
About Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters
Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters is the first and only USDA certified organic coffee roaster in Fairfield County, CT. Headquartered in Trumbull, Shearwater is also Fair Trade USA certified and sells only ethically traded coffee. shearwatercoffeeroasters.com.