A Celebration of Honey: Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science Sets Public Event Oct. 21; UC Davis Entomologists Involved
Aug. 1, 2011
Honey bee on comb at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A public celebration--appropriately titled “Honey!”--will take place from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21 in the UC Davis Conference Center.
The event, co-sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the UC Davis Department of Entomology, and the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, will include speakers, honey tastings, a honey-focused lunch, and a reception.
“Bees play a crucial role on our planet from pollinating to honey creation,” said Clare Hasler-Lewis, executive director of the institute, which is affiliated with the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The public is invited to “come celebrate with us and enjoy lectures, tastings and displays on honey,” she said.
The event is scheduled to include the history of honey and its use across the ages; honey as a food incorporating honey in your diet; and honey for health, from balancing blood sugar to wound healing.
Speakers from the Department of Entomology are:
--Brian Johnson, who specializes in the behavior, genetics and evolution of honey bees, as well as apiculture, will discuss "How Bees Cooperate to Make Honey and What they Do With It When We Don't" from 11:50 to 11:30 a.m.
--Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, a nationally known expert on honey bees and honey, will speak on "The Wonder of Honey Bees" from 10:10 to 10:50 a.m. He will lead a honey tasting from 3 to 3:45 p.m.
--Norman Gary, emeritus professor of entomology, bee research scientist, and professional bee wrangler, will discuss "Hobby Beekeeping in Urban Environments" from 11:30 to 12:10.
Additional information, including recently reduced prices, is posted on the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science website, Facebook and on Twitter.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology