July 27, 2015: Beekeeping with Keith Coughenour at the Duquesne Club

On July 27, 2015, we held our general meeting at The Duquesne Club.  At the meeting, distinguished members, Chefs William Hunt, L. Edwin Brown, and Chuck Baux discussed the history of the ACF Pittsburgh Chapter and benefits of being a member. Andrew Shakman from Lean Path discussed food waste in the restaurant industry.

The keynote speakers for the meeting were Executive Chef Keith Coughenour and Assistant Pastry Chef Sara Milarski who presented an informative lecture about beekeeping on the roof of the Duquesne Club.  Prior to installing the bees, the chefs were educated in the art of beekeeping through the Penn State Cooperative Extension and Burgh Bees, and in July 2013, two hives were placed on the roof of the club.  The bees were supplied by the Fine Family Apiary in Monongahela.  Along with the apiary, the chefs have 40 earth boxes with herbs and vegetables on the roof of the Club.  During the lecture, the chefs explained the anatomy of a bee, the different types of bees, apiary diseases/pests, and parts of the hive.  

At the end of the meeting, Cindy Tuite introduced the winners of the William Foust Educational Scholarship. The two winners are Theresa Medved and Alyssa Mary Rose. Theresa is a recent high school graduate who will be attending The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Alyssa is now attending American Academy of Culinary Arts at Pittsburgh Technical Institute. Following the meeting, guests were welcomed to tour the rooftop garden and hives.

Educational links: Fine Family Apiary - https://www.facebook.com/TheFineFamilyApiary?fref=nf Penn State Cooperative Extension - http://extension.psu.edu/ Burgh Bees - http://burghbees.com/ Lean Path - http://www.leanpath.com/