The Art of Beekeeping with Chris Starkus of Urban Farmer

Chris Starkus

Every week, Executive Chef Chris Starkus of Urban Farmer {1659 Wazee Street, Denver; 303.262.6070} makes a trip up to the rooftop of the Oxford Hotel. Pushing his way through the double doors to the kitchen, weaving past the prep counter and dish pit, Starkus makes his way to the freight elevator. While steadily climbing to the rooftop, Starkus suits up in a puffed, white beekeeping jacket, carefully slipping on matching white gloves. The elevator jolts to a halt and Starkus darts through the attic—bypassing various boxes of Christmas supplies and other various knickknacks—climbing a few stairs that give way to the rooftop at the Oxford Hotel. In view of the downtown Denver skyline, three beehives hum quietly (for the moment) against the brick wall of the building. Starkus methodically pries off the wooden top of the box, giving way to the hive of bees within.

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