This dinner is the bee’s knees
Ron Rosentreter has always been fascinated with insects.
The culinary-arts instructor at Thompson Rivers University even had pet spiders as a kid and, true to his later calling in life, he fed them.
Now, his attention has turned to bees — and the five hives atop the Culinary Arts Building on campus.
Rosentreter said a friend took a course in beekeeping and encouraged him to do the same. He bought all the necessary equipment and started with just two hives, adding to the collection over the years.
Starting a hive doesn’t mean there will be honey for the toast right away.
It takes time for the bees to do their work, creating the intricate nests and getting down to the sweet business. The five hives have produced enough honey to be used in the program and Rosentreter expects the production will grow to the point it will be sustainable — and maybe even provide honey that can be sold to the public.
To help with the plans, his department is holding a Bees on the Roof fundraiser on Friday, March 1, in the Culinary Arts Building at 6 p.m.
The menu reflects the subject: Walnut and honey soup, sablefish glazed with honey and soy, lamb cooked three ways and served with a honey-and-mustard-scented jus, an Earl grey and TRU honey sorbet and rice pudding scented with honey and milk.
Cost of the dinner is $50, which includes one drink.
Tickets can be purchased through the university’s cafeteria, its Accolades dining room or online at beesontheroof.brownpapertickets.com, which adds names to a will-call list available the night of the event.