- Butterfly Pavilion will help establish and manage a beehive in the restaurant group’s urban garden.
- The local harvested honey will be used in Edible Beats’ Denver restaurants: Root Down, Linger, Ophelia’s, Vital Root and El Five.
- Beehive management agreements are just one way Butterfly Pavilion is promoting pollinators!
Westminster, Colo. – June 19, 2018 – In conjunction with National Pollinator Week, Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion is proud to announce a new beehive management agreement with Denver farm-to-table restaurant group, Edible Beats. Starting this month, Butterfly Pavilion staff entomologists will begin managing a beehive at the restaurant group’s 4,000 square foot urban garden in the heart of Denver to provide local, raw honey in its five Denver restaurants.
“We are thrilled to partner with The Butterfly Pavilion and bring not only exposure to the importance of bees in our food system but to also serve our guests with local, clean, raw honey,” said Edible
Beats Director of Operations and Development, Megan Baldwin.
Since launching in late 2008, Edible Beats’ concept group has grown six-restaurants strong — Root Down, Linger, Root Down DIA, Ophelia’s, Vital Root, and El Five — and is known for responsibly grown and sourced, innovatively simple, vegetable-forward menus.
For the Butterfly Pavilion, managing the hive means staff entomologists will be installing the honeybee colony, checking on the health of the hive and size of the brood nest every seven-to-ten days. Butterfly Pavilion staff will also harvest the honey when ready and continuing check-ups to make sure the bees survive the winter.
Beehive management is just one more way the non-profit, invertebrate zoo is trying to increase awareness of the importance of pollinators and promote habitat and species conservation.
“We are grateful for this new partnership with Edible Beats, if just for pollinator awareness alone,” said Butterfly Pavilion vice president of Science and Conservation, Mary Ann Colley. “Bees are vital to human production of food sources and the reproduction of native plants. With a restaurant group like Edible Beats installing its own local hive, they will help protect these vital pollinators and promote their importance to a key audience – culinary enthusiasts!”
Beehive management and habitat garden landscape design make up professional services the experts at Butterfly Pavilion can provide for any home or business to create customized, thriving, and sustainable spaces and solutions. For more information, visit https://www.butterflies.org/butterfly-pavilion-professional-services/.
Pollinator Week, June 18-24, 2018
Another way Butterfly Pavilion is promoting the importance of bees is by celebrating National Pollinator Week now through June 24, 2018. As part of the Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education (PACE) initiative, Butterfly Pavilion hosts this week-long event with pollinator-focused learning, animal encounters and more!
This year’s celebration will also feature a new exhibit documenting the pollinating migration of the mighty Monarch Butterfly and an exclusive honey tasting event for adults, featuring world-renowned honey sommelier, Carla Marina Marchese. All Pollinator week activities are included in general admission, except for the honey tasting.
Butterfly Pavilion is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 6252 West 104th Ave., Westminster. Admission is $8/children (2-12), $12/adults (Westminster residents $10), $10/seniors and children under 2 are free. Learn more by visiting Butterflies.org or by calling 303-469-5441.
About Edible Beats:
Edible Beats was born from a single idea: The creation of a vibrant neighborhood restaurant in Denver, starting in late 2008. In the span of 10 years, Edible Beats has grown into six thriving nationally recognized, award-winning restaurants known for thoughtful, vegetable- forward and sustainably-sourced menus.
All of the Edible Beats restaurants share a commonality: taking inspiration from the history and location of their original buildings and mixing in design elements from Owner Justin Cucci’s reclaimed and mid-mod collections, creating interior spaces like nothing guests have seen before.
Edible Beats is a collection of enticing ingredients—food based, groove-friendly, and guest driven. www.ediblebeats.com
About Butterfly Pavilion:
Founded in July 1995 and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Butterfly Pavilion is the world’s only stand-alone, AZA-accredited invertebrate zoo, occupying a 30,000-square foot facility on an 11-acre campus provided by the City of Westminster, Colorado. Butterfly Pavilion’s mission is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Learn more at Butterflies.org.
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