Appetizers

Hey, honey! What say we grab a bite?

Someone at the family-owned Spease Bees Honey Company in Elk Grove reached back to the 1920s for its slogan to describes its product: “It’s the Bee’s Knees.” Meaning it’s the cat’s meow. Or, if you prefer, the cat’s whiskers or the cat’s pajamas. Translation: “the height of excellence.”

We agree. We’ve tasted the honey, sourced from wildflowers along the Cosumnes River, and found its well-balanced, mild floral flavor not too sweet, and its consistency not too thick. We’ve poured it over croissants, English muffins and cornbread, and stirred it in to hot tea. We even mixed it with barbecue sauce and brushed it on a whole chicken before roasting. But we liked it best by the spoonful straight from the jar.

The honey was introduced to the market in a grass-roots way six months ago, and has migrated into 20 Save Mart stores. It sells for $8 per 12-ounce jar (look for end-of-aisle displays). More at www.speasebees.com.

Now this segue: Just when you thought Sacramento Farm to Fork Week was over (and it is), along comes the outdoor Sunday Supper at the Ranch, hosted by Spease Bees and Bravo’s Soup & Sandwich Shoppe. The multi-course menu will feature ingredients from local farms and wineries. Some of the dishes: skewwers of roasted veggies, grass-fed beef tenderloin, spice-rubbed pulled pork, herb-crusted grilled free-range chicken, pumpkin risotto, and apple-cider doughnut bread pudding with maple cream sauce.

The $125-per-person fee includes carriage rides and live music. The dinner is a fund-raiser for the Elk Grove Literacy Project and Riding Instruction Designed for Education. Get started at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Pegasus Riding Club in Elk Grove. More information and tickets: www.ranchsundaysupper.org.

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