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Seaway Trail Honey to be Served at Inaugural Luncheon

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Rochester: Seaway Trail Honey to be Served at Inaugural Luncheon
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A local beekeeper will be serving her honey Presidential style on Monday.

The honey business has been a part time passion for beekeeper Pat Bono for about 35 years.

"My grandfather kept bees so beekeeping has been accepted in my family as a vocation or as a hobby," she said.

Every weekend you can find Bono setting up at the Brighton Public Market to sell her Seaway Trail Honey.

"I do try to maintain a really quality product. The honey is good. I have to admit it."

But Monday her products will be displayed on a nationwide stage. Her honey got a spot on the President's plate. It will be served along with dessert at the Presidential Inaugural Luncheon.

"For the dessert course there will be a plate and it will have an apple tart with ice cream on top and then there will be cheese wedges, and actually a cube of honeycomb with honey drizzled on it," said Bono.

Seaway Trail Honey is a part of several New York-based products to be served during inaugural festivities, including the New York State Inaugural Ball Saturday night.
It was part of Senator Chuck Schumer's push to promote local businesses.

"It's a big deal. To me it's like a chance in a lifetime to have the President, all these top people in the United State of America, eating the honeycomb that was produced here up in the Rochester area," she said.

Bono says business has increased since news of her honey spread.

"It still hasn't sunk in yet of how great this is," she said.

She says she hopes to use the positive attention to help get the word out about other honey-based businesses like hers.

"I would like to get a program going to promote New York honey, there's a lot of good honey out there."

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