Chefs and Restaurants Create Buzz Around National Honey Month

Honey Month promo Sidecar Doughnuts

Photo Credit: Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

Not surprisingly, chefs nationwide are sweet on all-natural, versatile honey. In fact, honey now appears on 57.5% of U.S. restaurant menus - up 11 percent since 2011. Harnessing this popularity, we've partnered with chefs and restaurants across the country to highlight their honey-inspired menu items, while others are creating a little buzz of their own.

Following are some examples of the fun and flavorful partnerships and promotions currently underway as a sweet salute to National Honey Month:

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

This trendsetting Southern California-based operation is known for its deliciously innovative, culinary-inspired donuts boasting craveable ingredients and flavors. The Sidecar team created a special honey-inspired doughnut just for National Honey Month: Grownup PB&J. This irresistible raised doughnut features a peanut butter glaze, berry compote, cinnamon-marshmallow whipped topping, house-made peanut-honeycomb, and California wildflower honey.

Also featured at Sidecar is a dreamy Honey Lavender Latte, made with lavender-infused honey, espresso, and steamed milk. Both the Latte and Grownup PB&J Doughnut are available now through September 30 at Sidecar locations in Los Angeles and Orange County. For more details, visit @sidecardoughnuts on Instagram, or


This growing regional chain (with locations from Philly to Chicago) has partnered with the Honey Bee Conservancy for National Honey Month, paying homage to the hard-working honey bee. Customers who add #honeybar to their App orders during the month of September will receive double points, and 20% of the purchase will be donated to the Honey Bee Conservancy. For more information and store locations, go to; or visit @honeygrow on Instagram.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Honey is a staple at this Chicago favorite, served year-round with Honey Butter Fried Chicken's mouthwatering fried chicken, in delicious house-made sauces, and in the restaurant's signature honey butter served with hexagon shaped, bee-imprinted cornbread. The ever-popular @honeybutterchi will be saluting National Honey Month on Instagram during September, but really, every day is honey day at this urban icon.

Honey Pop-up at Marcus B&P

"Zagat's 30 Under 30" rising star, Chef Matt Broussard, will be the culinary host of a honey-inspired pop-up dinner at Chef Marcus Samuelsson's new restaurant, Marcus B&P, on Sept. 24 in Newark, NJ. The event is planned to promote awareness for honey bees, while showcasing delicious honey-inspired items including an Oregano Gnocchi with Jersey cow milk, Beechers dulcet fondue, red pepper, honey vinegar, and nuts. Reservations are free, and the menu is a la cart. For more information, or to get on the list, go to @acooknamedmatt on Instagram.

Chefs Create a Buzz

Last but not least, the National Honey Board enlisted five independent chefs from across the country to create honey-inspired breakfast creations during National Honey Month, and share them on Instagram. Following are the chefs to watch for more sweet inspiration this September:

Check them out on Instagram and give them a little honey love, if you feel inspired.

We look forward to a naturally sweet September, marked by wonderful honey partnerships and promotions designed to spread the honey love. Let us know if you see a fun and flavorful honey menu item or promotion in your area. Tag us on Instagram @nationalhoneyboard, or email us at [email protected].

Happy National Honey Month!