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A Taste of Honey!
Featuring Marina Marchese,
Weston Beekeeper


Tuesday, August 23, 2016
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

We are super excited to have honey expert and beekeeper Marina Marchese join us for an educational evening, and wonderful learning experience in our Taste of Honey Class.  In 2000 Marina was invited to visit a neighbor’s apiary where she had her first taste of fresh honey from the beehive.  That taste changed the course of her life.

Learn how honeybees make this liquid gold we call honey, how terroir and nectar source determines a honey's color and flavor and how honey is harvested and extracted from the hive. Most importantly, learn how to select quality honeys and identify adulterated and honey fraud in the marketplace. Participants will be encouraged to engage their curiosity through discussions while learning how to identify flavor profiles in honey and their floral sources. Each menu is a carefully orchestrated "Tasting Flight" of single-origin local honeys perfectly paired with seasonal accompaniments; locally and estate produced. Honey Tastings let you explore the art of honey for all its culinary pleasures.

Marina will take guests on a journey into the fascinating world of bees and honey while opening up the conversation about plants, pollination, local food and artisanal honey. Participants will experience firsthand the multi-sensory art of tasting and pairing a selection of single-origin honeys through a guided tasting. The color, aroma, textures and flavors of each honey come alive and guests will be delighted and amazed at the diversity of honeys and their unique flavor profiles.

Sample Menu:

-Wildflower Honey paired with a firm, salty and crumbly cheese
-Red Currant Honey paired with a crostini of fresh ricotta with toasted pinoli nuts and rosemary
-Goldenrod Honey with ginger as a glaze for salmon
-Creamy Clover Honey great spread on homemade toast
-Bamboo Honey served with caramelized onions or drizzled on a Panna Cotta
-Chestnut Honey – fabulous in combination with a sharp pecorino cheese also with sides of olives and nuts
Tastings are paired with a crisp dry prosecco and a full bodied red wine. 

A honey and bee lovers delight not to be missed!

Marina Marchese is the designer and beekeeper behind the beloved brand, Red Bee Honey and the co-author of The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey.  She is a Member of the Italian National Registry of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey and founder of The American Honey Tasting Society

All About Eggplant
August is Eggplant Month and we are Featuring
Authentic Italian Eggplant Recipes to Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Caponata – Sicilain sweet and sour eggplant salad (relish) – just like Nonna made!
Pizza alle Melanzane – Spicy eggplant pizza with Sally’s famous homemade pizza semolina dough
Involtini di Melanzana alla Mamma – my mom’s eggplant rollatine stuffed with ricotta, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella and fresh parsley, topped with marinara sauce and baked in the oven
Timballo di Melanzana alla San Giovannella – molded eggplant dish filled with bucatini pasta and marinara sauce, basil and Reggiano Parmigiano – a very special pasta dish from Sicily
Insalata Trecolore – baby arugula, endive and radicchio salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Tiramisu al Limone e Limoncello con Lampone – homemade lemon and Limoncello flavored Tiramisu topped with fresh raspberries
White Nero D’avalo wine from Grotte, Sicilia


Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!
Our Annual Summer Homemade Pizza in the
Brick Oven Class
- A Casual and Fun Saturday Evening
Saturday, September 16, 2016
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

• Spiedini di Gamberi - rosemary skewered prosciutto wrapped shrimp baked in the pizza oven with a lemon caper sauce
• Peperoni Arrosttiti – homemade roasted peppers in the brick oven, peeled and marinated with fresh garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil

Impasta di Pizza - homemade dough for pizza and focaccia

Salsa di Pomodoro per la Pizza - plum tomato sauce for pizza made with fresh garden tomatoes
Classic Pizza Margherita - the “Queen’s Pizza” with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, oregano and basil
Pizza con Caprino all’ Arugula– pizza baked with garlic, goat cheese, basil, sundried tomatoes and fresh arugula topping
Pizza Siciliana – rectangular thick pizza dough with Sicilian tomato sauce, hot pepper flakes, fresh whole milk mozzarella, sliced pepperoni, sweet fennel sausage, Romano cheese, oregano, garlic and extra virgin olive oil
Pizza con Pesto, Pomodoro, Mozzarella e Olive – homemade pesto pizza with fresh plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and black olives
Insalata Mista – salad of mixed greens, arugula, fresh garden tomatoes and red wine vinaigrette
Pesche al Forno con Amaretti – fresh peaches stuffed with crushed Amaretti cookies and Amaretto liquor
Chianti di Toscana and Expresso



Payment must be received in order to keep your spot reserved.  No refunds within 1 week of the class. If unable to attend, you may send a substitute or request recipes.


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