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Eat, drink, and learn at the Bee Dinner with biologist Laurence Packer

Did you know that if “all bees died out, there would be worldwide food shortages and perhaps one-quarter of the human population would starve”? According to York University biologist Laurence Packer, author of Keeping the Bees, our buzzy bee friend is a key generator of biodiversity, playing an integral role in the ecology of our planet.

Laurence Packer Bees Chile

Dr. Laurence Packer in the field.

Join us at the Bee Dinner!

Want to learn more about bees’ role in global agriculture and our food supply? Join us at Karelia Kitchen on Wednesday July 13th at 6:00 pm for The Bee Dinner with Dr. Laurence Packer. We’ll be serving up five courses of delicious and diverse dishes, while Dr. Packer regales us with fun facts and key issues in melittology (the study of bees). You’ll learn about the importance, diversity, and role of bees in the global ecosystem. We’ll focus on the topic of all bees as pollinators, rather than simply discussing the honey bee specifically, and we’ll also learn about bee conservation and the factors that threaten their environment today. This is important stuff!



If you’re interested in attending The Bee Dinner with Dr. Laurence Packer, make sure to check out the Facebook event page and save it in your calendar. Dinner is $55/person, or $75/person with alcohol. Please call us at 647-748-1194 to make a reservation as seating is limited.

Check out the menu

Be careful not to drool on your digital device while reading below! Here’s what we’re cooking up for The Bee Dinner:

Smoked Shrimp and Crispy Salmon Skin
with avocado and coriander;
Served With: Trafalgar Cranberry Mead

Watermelon, cantaloupe and baby arugula salad
with Seared citrus gravlax
Served With: West Avenue Heritage Dry Apple Cider

Crispy Roast Organic Chicken
with black figs, brown butter herb dumplings
and green beans


Smoked Beef Brisket
with charred patty pan squash
and cucumber radish salad
Served With: Rodriquez Blueberry wine or Redstone Gamay Cabernet

Smoked goat blue cheese and smoked farmhouse gouda
with buttered peaches and apricots, buckwheat cracker
and sage blossom honey
Served With: Rosewood Semi-Dry Mead Royale

Warm Chocolate Macadamia Cake
with fresh raspberries and cream


Honey and Cardamom Scented Crème Brûlée s
Served With: Southbrook Vineyards Frambroise


Learn more about bees

Keeping the Bees Laurence Packer - book coverWant to study up on Dr. Packer’s work and learn more about issues affecting the global bee population today? Listen to this NPR interview with Dr. Packer from 2014. He details the dependence of food crops on pollination, the impact of bee shortage on the ecosystem, and the importance of the survival of a wide variety of bee species.

You can also read an excerpt from Dr. Packer’s book, Keeping the Bees, right here.

We hope you’ll join us at Karelia Kitchen on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 for a night of learning, eating, drinking, and socializing. Here’s to bees!

1194 Bloor Street West
Just west of Dufferin
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N2

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm

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