Snail of Approval: Weston honey maker honored by Slow Food group

Marina Marchese with Mimi Edleman, co-chairman of Metro North Slow Food, at the award ceremony at Ms. Marchese’s Weston apiary.

Marina Marchese with Mimi Edleman, co-chairman of Metro North Slow Food, at the award ceremony at Ms. Marchese’s Weston apiary. —Kari Campano photo

Honey Sommelier Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey was recently honored with the Snail of Approval award by the Metro North chapter of Slow Food International.

The award, presented to Ms. Marchese by Mimi Edelman, Metro North Slow Food co-chairman, was given during a special honey tasting event at the Red Bee Apiary in Weston — a celeration of culinary heritage and an exploration of five endangered honeys designated by Slow Food’s The Ark of Taste.

The Ark of Taste is an international catalog of foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution and environmental damage. In an effort to cultivate consumer demand, the tasting of The Ark’s endangered honeys was the first event of its kind in the U.S. Only the best tasting endangered foods make it onto The Ark and all five honeys were harvested in the U.S.

The Slow Food Snail of Approval Award was bestowed in recognition of Ms. Marchese’s support of the Slow Food philosophy and her contribution to good, clean, fair food in the community.

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.

Ms. Marchese prepared pairing foods for a honey tasting held at her Red Bee Apiary in Weston.

Ms. Marchese prepared pairing foods for a honey tasting held at her Red Bee Apiary in Weston.

Ms. Marchese, a beekeeper, author, and founder of Red Bee Honey, is the president of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association of Connecticut, which meets most months in Weston.

She studied the sensory analysis of honey tasting in Montalcino, Italy, and has presented her signature Honey Tasting Laboratory Workshops at top New York City venues. Ms. Marchese dedicates much of her time educating people across the country about the culinary delights of artisanal single-origin honey.

Her first book, Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper, sells nationwide through major bookstores and through Amazon. Her second book, co-authored by beekeeping guru and Bee Culture Magazine editor Kim Flottum, is scheduled to be released in 2013.

Visit RedBee.com and SlowFood.com or SlowFoodMetroNorth.org for more information.

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