Aug 8, 2012 >> Picnic Picks! We share Bike-a-Bee Jana’s perfect picnic pairings.
In this week’s G&F Interview, we tag along with beekeeper Jana Kinsman of Bike-A-Bee to show us the ropes on keepin’ bees. After we successfully managed the hive (without one single bite!) we popped a squat at Chicago Patchwork Farms for a well-deserved picnic. Eating fresh honey by the spoonful with a beer in hand? Un-bee-lieavably good.
Want to recreate our afternoon? Jana shared her favorite honey pairings with us:
TWO >> Cheeses.
Jana’s Picks? Try Provenance and Pastoral.
Jana suggests cheeses with good nuttiness. Her list makes our mouth-water (and our trainer shiver): Chèvre, Manchega. Parmigiana Reggiano, Roaring Forties blue cheese (pictures), and any soft goat cheese.
THREE >> Beer.
Jana’s Picks? Bright American Pale Ales like Flywheel by Metropolitan (available for purchase at Printer’s Row Wine Shop); Lagers like Shift by New Belgium (also available at Printer’s Row Wine Shop); Sorachi Ace by Brooklyn (available at The Noble Grape).
FIVE >> Fruit.
Jana’s picks? Pears and apples. But note: apples should be tart to balance the honey’s sweetness. We love a Granny Smith. Period.