Weekly News Bites (June 2-9): ATK Launches New Site, Trillium Takes Up More Space and There Be Bee-Snatchers Afoot!

June 9, 2016

New digital digs at ATK, craft beer comes to Canton, and thieves who aren't afraid to get stung.

Catherine Smart

It was a good week for kitchen geeks, as ATK announced its digital, no-pay platform that explores the scientific side of cookery.

It was a bad week for farmers whose beehives are getting lifted by keepers who've gone to the dark side.

It was a great week for lovers of craft beer in Canton, who got a new taproom from the hoppy-hipster darlings at Trillium Brewing Company. Here's what you need to know!


America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation

Last week, we recapped Chris Kimball’s new venture over on Milk Street.  Now, ATK unveils some new plans of its own, the Cook's Science website

The ‘new digital experiment' — as it's described on the landing page — will launch in July, headed up by executive co-editors Molly Birnbaum and Dan Souza. 

According to a recent Globe article, the website ‘is part of a multifaceted platform that aims to bring a new generation of home cooks into the fold.’ In addition to the recipes ATK is known for, they're adding narrative journalism and food/science reporting to the mix.

Something else that feels kind of radical for the subscription-based, no-advertising-needed company? The content comes your way free of charge. 

Weekly News Bites (June 2-9): ATK Launches New Site, Trillium Takes Up More Space and There Be Bee-Snatchers Afoot! | WGBH | Craving Boston

Trillium’s cult following will have space to stretch out.

If you’ve ever waited in the crushing, claustrophobia-inducing line for a growler at Trillium Brewing Company’s slip of a retail space in Fort Point, you’ll especially appreciate their spacious new digs in Canton, which opened to the public this week. 

As Eater Boston reports  'The taproom will operate with a "tasting card" system where guests can sample up to 20 ounces of Trillium beer per visit.' The news is more refreshing than a taster of Sunshower super saison.


A very sweet steal.

People are actually stealing beehives. Not just the sticky sweet stuff, but the big, waxy boxes filled with stingers too. NPR’s The Salt reports that in California, 1,734 hives were stolen during peak almond pollination season in 2016. Reporter Jodi Helmer writes, ‘In Butte County alone, the number of stolen hives jumped from 200 in 2015 to 400 this year.’ 

As you can imagine, it’s not easy to catch these criminals, who do their dirty work on very rural agricultural land.  But the price of sabotaging other beekeepers — and the farmers who depend on contracted hives for their crops — is steep. According to The Salt article, ‘Last week, a beekeeper stood trial for the theft of 64 hives that he pilfered from Butte County and rented to an almond grower (through a bee broker) in a neighboring county. At the trial for the February crime, he was convicted of grand theft of an animal — a felony in California — and sentenced to 90 days in county jail and three years' probation.’ 

Did you know the hives were in such high demand? And not only in those open farmlands, as our CB contributor Dalia Sawaya discovered, when a search for local honey led her to the city’s rooftops. 

As far as we know, there haven’t been any reports of beehive theft here in Boston — it would be kind of tricky to take a hive down The Lenox hotel elevator without somebody noticing. 

  • June 9, 2016