Yesterday I climbed a ladder up to the rooftop of Nopa restaurant to visit its brand new baby bee hives. Owner Jeff Hanak has been working with Terry Oxford and Brian Linke of Urban Bee SF to cultivate a two-hive community for three weeks now. Weather permitting, its honey will surface on the food and cocktail menus below the roof as soon as June. The idea of freshly harvested honey on a menu is romantic and all, but these urban hives are really all about the bees.
Nothing to sweeten a rainy day like honey. For a three-step honey and honey bee immersion program, this is your week.
1. THE FILM First you must understand the honeybee. You know the bees are disappearing but do you really understand the impact of this mysterious phenomenon? Buy a ticket to attend the bitter-sweet film, Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us?, put on by Slow Food San Francisco. Yes, the film has an interview with Michael Pollan (don't they all?), but better yet, filmmaker Taggart Siegel will be there for a Q and A. Friday, March 25. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 7 pm and 9 pm. (See the trailer here.)