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Butterfly and the Bee’s Hybrid Jams at The Chelsea Flower Show in The Dorchester Floral Tea Marquee.

22 May 2017 19:42


From Tuesday, 23rd May – Sat, 27th May two great British institutions merge in the Drawing Room Marquee when jam-maker Butterfly and the Bee supply their seasonal Jams at the Dorchester Hotel’s – ‘Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea’ to guests and visitors at RHS Chelsea Flower show.

Proprietor Michael Donnelly, founder of Butterfly and the Bee, is the award-winning Jam producer who’s specially blended hybrid Jams produced in traditional small batch, French confiture copper pans with no artificial additives, preservatives or stabilisers, crafting the jams for the Dorchester’s tea event.

He has been into Jam making since childhood, starting with his grandmother in Ireland and within two years of launching Butterfly and the Bee won both Gold and Silver awards from Fortnum’s Dalemain Marmalade awards for his Plain, and Orange Honey and Vanilla marmalades respectively.

Michael is on a mission to take Jam away from the breakfast table and find other uses and associations for it. Thus, Butterfly and the Bee produce what can truly be called hybrid jams - like their Plum & Cinnamon, Apricot & Amaretto, Strawberry Basil & Lime, even Plum & Garam Masala spiced confitures that creatively compliment other foods.

“I work with the head chefs at the Dorchester to produce jams using in season ingredients to compliment what the Dorchester is serving, and it could be a plain Strawberry Jam for Breakfast or something as exotic the Pear & Cardamom Jam they serve at their afternoon teas. We encourage our consumers to be creative in how they serve our jams, from enjoying them as part of a cheeseboard to trying them with yogurt, even using them as a glaze say for a duck breast,” says Michael.

Butterfly and the Bee will feature and serve in season Rhubarb Jam at the Dorchester’s Floral Afternoon Tea in the Marquee at the Flower show. It will add a tart flavour counterpoint to the Strawberry Jam which is traditionally sweet. The aim is to spike up afternoon tea by extending the traditional flavours and uses of Jams and the Chelsea flower show will be a great place to sample this creation.

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Editor’s Notes
About Butterfly and the Bee

Michael Donnelly is the founder of Butterfly and the Bee, traditional Jam Makers specialising in seasonal and hybrid jams designed for multiple uses. Butterfly and the Bee is an award-winning artisan food company, devoted to delicious jams and preserves with an inventive twist.

The company is founded by Irishman Michael Donnelly, who studied at the esteemed Swiss Hotel Management School, Les Roches, before embarking on a career spanning two decades within London’s elite hospitality industry. His passion for excellent food led him to create luxury brand, Butterfly and the Bee.

Today, Butterfly and the Bee is based in London, stocked at both The Dorchester and independent retailers in South Kensington and Fulham, and proud to use only the highest quality seasonal fruits, herbs and spices.

Infusing beloved British classics with contemporary accents, Butterfly and the Bee’s inspirational flavours include Strawberry Lime & Basil, Plum & Garam Masala and Apricot & Amaretto.

No detail has gone unnoticed, from the traditional copper pot cooking to the company’s commitment to never use pectin or preservatives. Butterfly and the Bee also received two awards at this year’s globally recognised Dalemain Marmalade Awards: Gold for their Orange Zest Lemon and Silver for their Orange Honey & Vanilla.

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The Dorchester’s Floral Afternoon Tea featuring Butterfly and the Bee Jams will be at the “Drawing Room “Marquee served 11.30-7.15pm Tuesday 23rd to Friday, and 11.30am- 4.45pm Saturday, located to the North of Ranelagh Gardens.

For more information on Butterfly and the Bee visit their website at Butterfly and The Bee.

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