The energy and the atmosphere in Milan during the Design Week is always magical. For this reason, I was very excited when Relais & Chateaux invited me to the inauguration of their pop-up installation "The Joy of Bees", a botanic oasis in the middle of the city.
My journey through the honey world started last week when I went to Tuscany to visit one of the producers at the enchanted Tuscan estate "Il Borro" owned by the family of the famous fashion brand Salvatore Ferragamo. This place is just simply perfect and what I would define a Tuscan dream. Victoria Ferragamo was so kind to give me a tour of this grand estate. What spoke to me the most was the connection and the commitment they have to preserve the land and the ability to grow their own environmental local produce. They produce their own wine to olive oil to honey, all organic and environmental friendly.
They have 30 bee hives in the territory of Il Borro. These bees will fly approximately 3 km in this beautiful organic garden, making sure these bees only get to enjoy the best flowers. This makes it easy for the Family to control the excellent quality of their honey. Happy satisfied bees equal tasty good honey. It is truly astonishing how much care and attention they put in to make the perfect Il Borro honey.
Astounded with the craft of making Honey, I started my journey to Milan where I was going to visit the Relais & Châteaux installation 'The Joy of Bees'. With this new knowledge I had gained about the art of making honey, excitement was an understatement of how I felt to go to this pop up, which on top was organized by the creative genius London based company Bompas & Parr. Located in the melting pot of Milan, upon entering this magical exhibition, I felt like I had come into a midsummer dream with nature in its core. Hostesses wearing beautiful floral crowns with white embroidered dresses and hearing in the background natural buzz of bees I felt I was miles away from the urban city life of Milan.
Walking through this oasis, my first spot of this 'installation tour' I was introduced of the making of honey wax bowls by the amazing wax artist Olivier Darné. By now I was already stunned of what these small black and yellow creatures can do!
I then stroll my way to The Salon of Honey, where you could taste more than twenty of the rarest honeys produced in Relais & Châteaux properties around the World. The honey sommelier Dario Pozzolo guided us through these distinctive yet tasty honeys. A truly bee-licious experience.
We then got to use more of our taste buds as we tried the chef Andrea Mattei from Borgo Santo Pietro tasty bee-inspired dish, that was cleverly presented in the honey wax bowls that we've seen been made by the wax artist. This wonderful dish was made out of beetroot, balsamic, honey flowers, herb alpine broth and alpine oil- a simply perfect combination of sweetness.
As I walked out of the door of this beautiful experience, I was still amazed by these astounding bees. Thankfully through Relais & Châteaux with their collaboration with Bompas & Parr, they have created such joyous experience that will be remembered for a long time and will highlight simply the importance of The Joy of Bees.