La Provence chef suits up, harvests his own honey behind restaurant

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LACOMBE, La. (WGNO) - Chef Erick Loos of La Provence is hosting a special Honey Harvest on Friday, November 18.

Erick is teaming up with a renowned beekeeper, Dr. Andy Leonards (a former surgeon), to harvest honey at La Provence’s backyard farm behind the restaurant.
The process doesn't take long, but interestingly enough, one bee only makes about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in it's entire life.

There are about 700,000 bees per hive during the summer and much less in the winter, as they start to fill the comb with honey instead of bees as the seasons change.

The duo suits up, lights up their handheld smokers, opens the hive and removes comb frames filled with either bee larva or honey.

Next, they brush off the bees and place the frame aside, deciding how much to harvest later and scraping the front of the comb to remove the top and free the honey.

Lastly, they use a spinner to remove and strain the honey, and jar it to use in La Provence’s signature dishes, like house-made yogurt with toasted pecan granola, which is drizzled with the honey. It is served during Sunday brunch and will be available to try after the harvest.

A hive of bees flies about 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey, so the next time you're enjoying a cup of tea with honey, think about the bees who worked very hard to make it for you.