Working with Bees and Honey

For chefs, farmers, and an increasing number of consumers, beekeeping is a great side project to support area crops and provide yourself the ultimate in local food. Learn about the equipment and processes involved in setting up a beehive, as well as learn the life of the honeybee and how to maintain hive health. Attendees will also get tips on approaches to cooking with honey, and (weather permitting), will visit an active hive to it see it all in motion.


James Bowen
Department Chair, Culinary Arts – Central Piedmont Community College

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Jim has been a restaurant owner and Executive Chef at several organizations throughout his 36-year career, including Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte. He has served on the board of Directors of the HTA, the CVCB and the Professional Chefs of North Carolina, as well as the Charlotte Chapter President of the American Culinary Federation. When not teaching the latest culinary techniques to aspiring chefs at CPCC, Jim can be found in his fermentation room, or enjoying the company of his bee hives.