“You can propagate the work by sharing the work. And so its exciting for me to sit down with all walks of life - every genre of person possible, professionally, athletically - and this translates to them.”
In honor of National Honey Month, we’re in great company with Daniel Sullivan, Owner of Shipwreck Honey and Resident Beekeeper of three iconic Pacific Northwest lodges - Salish Lodge & Spa, Cedarbrook Lodge and The Lodge at St. Edward.
In partnership with these lodges, Daniel has created bee programs that raise awareness around American beekeeping and sustaining the honeybee population, while also ensuring these lodges are able to produce enough honey to share with every visiting guest and local alike, giving all access to honey as it should be - always fresh and all natural.
As we close on Season 3 of this series and look forward to the change in seasons this fall, Daniel paints a picture of what it is like to host honey bees and humans in harmony, sharing a sweet taste of what a future with a world full of bees and honey abound looks like.
[1:45] As a child growing up in Washington watching his Grandfather tend to his own bees, Daniel found himself in early adulthood wanting to similarly live a life that was self-sufficient, had a sense of freedom, and promised a sustainable and positive future.
[9:00] Honeybees create honey to keep themselves warm and to feed their own colonies during the winter. Beekeepers like Daniel must be responsible in only taking what could otherwise go to waste.
[13:50] The flavor, perfume, color and bouquet of honey depends on the time of year and the plants the bees are pollinating.
[17:15] Honey has numerous health benefits…topically for your skin and hair, in wound or burn treatment, as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredient in recipes, in soothing your throat and acting as a cough suppressant when you’re sick, just to name a few.
[27:40] How Daniel creates an environment that is safe for the honey bees and the hotel guests alike.
[39:40] Salish Lodge & Spa has been famous for over 100 years for its four-course Country Breakfast with the iconic Honey from Heaven™ service where honey from Daniel’s own hives is poured from high above guests’ plates onto buttery house-made biscuits.
[46:35] Cedarbrook Lodge highlights an inspired menu elevating the honey from the on-property apiary that Daniel manages inclusive of seasonal scratch cocktails such as the aptly named “Bee’s Knees.”
[49:55] The Lodge at St. Edward features Daniel’s apiary near the bountiful chef’s garden steps from Cedar & Elm restaurant, which is led by Chef Luke Kolpin, former chef at Noma in Copenhagen and Canlis in Seattle.
[56:40] The future is sweet for Daniel and his community of farmers as they collectively look to open a farm school for children and parents alike to learn about the importance of honey bees.