BY ANDREA BOSCO
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRIDGETT KAY PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
WHIRL Publishing’s Edible Allegheny Magazine is on a quest to encourage locals to bee more informed on the state of honeybees and their well-being. To coincide with the bee-themed August/September issue, the WHIRL Publishing staff hosted an educational event at Wild Purveyors in Lawrenceville. Guests packed into the locally sourced wholesaler for hors d’oeuvres; lavender and blueberry honey-infused cocktails; and to hear from expert speakers. While attendees munched on honey-cured pork belly, melon salad with honey yogurt, and honeycomb toast, Matt Quenaudon of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; David Hassenzahl, dean of Chatham University’s School of Sustainability and the Environment; Steve Repasky, president of Burgh Bees and owner of Meadow Sweet Apiary; and apitherapist Connie Frank discussed a range of topics, including Colony Collapse Disorder and the health benefits of using local bee products. Proceeds from the event benefited Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, the world’s first carbon-neutral campus featuring an apiary. Supporters left with goodie bags filled with samples of lavender beeswax lip balm and white clover seed from Country Barn Farm, orange blossom honey hand lotion from Soergel Orchards, and Fleur de Mint tea from Gryphon’s Tea — just to name a few. Let’s keep this buzz going!