Marni Mendelsohn – May 12th, 2014
Laurey Masterton, of Asheville, North Carolina, was a chef and beekeeper before losing her battle to cancer on February 18. Masterton was recognized within the community for her farm-to-table cooking at Laurey’s and as a beekeeper. She also wrote The Fresh Honey Cookbook. In honor of Masterton, and recognizing women entrepreneurs in the foodservice industry, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs has teamed up with the National Honey Board to establish the Laurey Masterton Golden Amulet Award. The name of the award came from an amulet she wore around her neck, containing one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey, the amount made by one worker bee in its lifetime.
As a longtime member of the WCR and the National Honey Board, her involvement and friendship inspired this award in her memory. “Laurey was one of the spunkiest women I’ve ever met and had the honor of knowing,” says WCR president Rochelle Huppin. “At home, I’ve hung up the towel she gave out at a WCR board meeting that had her personal motto silk-screened on in very large letters: ‘Don’t Postpone Joy.’ I smile when I see the towel because it reminds me of the sparkle in her eyes and her phenomenal zest for life. We will all miss her more than words can say.” Announced by the National Honey Board at the 2014 WCR annual conference in March, the Golden Amulet Award will be launching in 2015. “Laurey was such a joy to work with, and we think she would have approved of this unique recognition that only she could have inspired,” said Catherine Barry, director of marketing for the National Honey Board.