Food Matters

A hive of activity

/ By King & Godfree Thursday March 24, 2016 See More — /

Walk past King & Godfree today and there’ll be a lot of activity going on as our redevelopment gets underway. On the street level spaces are being stripped back, underground the cellar is being readied, there’s even activity on the roof. But up there, it’s the bees that are busy, making honey for our friends at Pidapipo. Nic Dowse from Honeyfingers says “Melbourne is full of suburbs like Carlton that boast a lot of gardens with flowering plants that are well watered by local councils, backyard gardeners and devoted nonnas. Unlike the Australian bush where it can often be feast or famine, cities provide a relatively stable environment with a healthy variety of bee populations and bee food”.

Our Faraday Street beehives are the first in a series Honeyfingers is adapting for Melbourne roofs. He wants there to be “something in it for the bees, and for the people who look at, and after them”. They provide a unique environment for the bees and produce a single source honey with a very distinct flavour. There are a lot of exotic (non-native) flowering plants in Carlton that give Carlton honey a light fragrant character. The perfect ingredient in gelato.

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The view from below
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The things you find on site
Construction team out for their lunch break post prep for hard plaster walls
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Soon to be offices under the newly constructed rooftop bar
Time for a knock off after a busy week on site
Once full of beer and wine. Soon to be full of beer and wine once again
Isidoro from Rome applying a traditional Italian “intonaco” finish to the office walls upstairs
Leave the pink or repaint it? Our heritage Sirena Tonno sign is coming down to be artfully restored ...
136 years since we first opened our doors and we're excited to say that we'll be reopening them ...
The exciting part starts now. Read more about the construction process online
Matthew Herbert of Herbert & Mason shares his architectural vision for K&G. Watch the video online
Our journal website is live! Join us behind the scenes during construction, meet our development ...
Should we leave this little sculpture in the renovated cellar?
It's a mess inside
Window decal installation underway