Jardinière is the latest San Francisco restaurant to join the worker bee workforce with its new rooftop beehives. Honey is already being produced and used in the kitchen for dishes such as smoked honey jus with duck breast, honey glazed wild boar, caramelized honey ice cream with summer stone fruit, and burnt honey vinaigrette and baby carrot salad.
The hives were installed by Terry Oxford, whose company Urban Bee has become an active part of the restaurant industry over the last two years. The Queen Bee's other local clients include Quince, Cotogna, Mission Beach Cafe, Tony's Pizza Napoletana, and Nopa.
The Jardinière hives produce what Oxford refers to as a "City Hall blend" due to its proximity to the government center. The roof also has fig and bay trees to feed the bees, so look for hints of those flavors in the honey.