From the Gods to the Table: Chef Guas and Mead

first_img Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits Could a Mead Spritzer Succeed in the Seltzer World? Editors’ Recommendations America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Chef David GuasHoney is a magical thing: it’s a natural antiseptic, a healthy sweetener, and it never spoils– hell, honey found in ancient pharaohs’ tombs is still edible. And now bees and American beekeepers are getting a helping hand from renowned chef David Guas as he takes mead from the gods and gives it back to the people at both the Capitol Hill and Arlington, VA locations of his restaurant, Bayou Bakery.Mead has been around for thousands of years, drunk by most of history’s heavy hitters, the Greeks, Romans, the Chinese, Vikings, it’s even immortalized in fictional works as the drink of deities and warriors. Mead is made by fermenting honey, adding water and sometimes spices or herbs, and traditionally, is a very sweet wine-like drink.Guas calls it “…the next new old thing,” as brewers and vintners rediscover and update the drink. Take Charm City Meadworks, the Baltimore-based mead supplier Guas handpicked to serve at Bayou: James Boicourt, co-owner of Charm City, kept bees in college and began incorporating that honey into his home-brews. When he met the other side of that “co” in co-owner Andrew Geffken who had his own love of home-brewing, Charm City was officially born and mead, infused with local herbs and spices, has never tasted so good. Guas cleverly uses Charm City’s variety of meads, ranging from a wine like libation to canned, almost beer-like mead, not only as drinks and cocktails, but even as a braising liquid for meat. The Melon-Aide Cocktail Guas created is the perfect refreshing, unique summer drink: a honeydew base with Charm City Mead.Honeybees are the unsung heros of this ancient beverage: they may be a nuisance you try to avoid (or even prevent), but bees are actually vital to ecosystems and farming. While producing honey, they also pollinate around a third of the food we eat. Those are some industrious bees and they struggle for survival, helped along by dedicated beekeepers.Chef Guas tending to hivesAs a spokesperson for the National Honey Board, Guas is a natural ally for this misunderstood insect. He supports local honey makers who are struggling in their own right: illegal imports can severely undercut American-made honey, making it difficult for US producers to compete. (However the National Honey Board does represent both large and small honey producers and companies, including legally imported honey). Guas gets his hands sticky each year, making the time to help tend to hives of the local producers he’s formed relationships with. There’s even a “Sticky Station” in his Bayou Bakeries with over 30 of his favorite types of honey from across the United States. That’s 30 out of over 300 types of honey that exist, so keep tasting.By highlighting honey in his menus, and now with the exciting and novel mead, chef David Guas brings honey and the importance of supporting bees and their keepers alive in a delicious way. 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee last_img read more

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UN welcomes security agreement between Rwanda Uganda and DR of Congo

Video of Council meeting [17mins] The accord, endorsed yesterday in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, was the result of talks among the foreign ministers of the three countries, organized by the United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Don Yamamoto, which followed from an earlier meeting in Washington, DC.The UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) attended as an observer, along with representatives of the European Union (EU) and Burundi.At UN Headquarters in New York, meanwhile, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Ibrahima Fall, briefed the Security Council on progress towards an international conference scheduled to start with a 19 to 20 November summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Two regional preparatory conferences have been held.The conference is designed to sharpen the region’s focus on peace and security, democracy and good governance, economic development and regional integration, as well as on humanitarian and social issues.”Members of the Council took note of the conference’s principle of partnership and commended the role being played by the donors, including the Group of Friends of the Great Lakes Region. They reiterated their appeal to the international community to continue to provide sustained political and diplomatic, as well as adequate technical and financial assistance,” British Ambassador Adam Thomson said in a press statement.Britain holds the rotating Council presidency for October.MONUC spokesman Mamadou Bah told reporters in DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, that, contrary to Security Council resolutions, the Mission has suffered abuses at the hands of the DRC Special Presidential Guard in Kisangani. In addition to outright brutality, Mission staff had undergone searches of homes and vehicles, arbitrary detention, sequestering and confiscation of office materials.Representatives of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in Lubumbashi on Tuesday to investigate why a uranium mine in Shinkolobwe collapsed in July, killing several people, he added.The experts would also assess the level of radiation possibly emitted and the health and environmental effects of any contamination.MONUC’s chief of demobilization, Peter Swarbrick, told reporters that so far 11,185 people had been repatriated to neighbouring countries from the DRC. read more

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