DoT preps for Cayman Classic

Discerning diners from around the globe will converge on the Cayman Islands in May for the fourth annual Cayman Classic.

Presented by the Department of Tourism and Food & Wine Magazine, the epicurean event will be held at the Marriott Beach Resort May 10-13, 2007.

The four-days of fabulous food and wine seminars will be led by New York-based Sommelier Anthony Giglio, an award-winning contributor to numerous publications, writing regularly on all things fortifying and gastronomic; Head Chef and Proprietor of Gravitas restaurant in Houston, Texas, Scott Tycer; and Chef Cornelius Gallagher, Executive Chef at Oceana restaurant in New York City.

‘This delectable long weekend is designed to attract food-lovers from around the world showcasing food and wine from abroad while leaving room for the legendary warmth, hospitality and, of course, the delicious local dishes of the Cayman Islands,’ said a press release on the event. ‘Denise Bodden from the National Trust and self-taught local chef Bergman Ebanks will demonstrate how to make classic cassava cake and thick conch stew, providing just a taste of Cayman’s unique island flavour,’ it added.

Cayman Classic 2007 kicks off the evening with a Welcome Reception at Sea Grape Café on Seven Mile Beach. Other highlighted special events throughout the weekend include:

Friday May 11

National Trust Caymanian Cooking Demonstration from 12 – 1pm featuring Bergman Ebanks demonstrating classic conch stew;

Aquatic Cooking from 1:30 – 2:30 pm – culinary demonstration and sampling with Cornelius Gallagher, Executive Chef at New York City’s top luxury caterer, Sonnier and Castle;

Old World vs. New World from 3 – 4 pm – join Food & Wine magazine’s wine expert, Anthony Giglio, for a whirlwind varietal tour of magnificent grapes and wines defined by their regions;

Gala Dinner under the Stars – 7pm – Guest chefs Cornelius Gallagher & Scott Tycer join local chefs and Anthony Giglio for a sumptuous evening dining event

Saturday May 12

The Joy of Rum – 11am-12pm – Seminar on the art of making and enjoying rum hosted by Master Blender Joy Spence of Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum;

National Trust Caymanian Cooking Demonstration – 12:30 – 1:30pm, featuring Denise Bodden demonstrating traditional cassava cake;

Spring: From Farm to Forest from 2 – 3pm -Cooking and sampling with Scott Tycer, Head Chef and Proprietor of Gravitas restaurant;

Grand Vini Rossi Italiani from 3:30 – 4:30PM – a second adventure with wine expert, Anthony Giglio, for a tasting tour of Italy by way of its greatest producers, including Gaja, Antinori, Allegrini and more;

Cayman Dining Diversions – 7pm – a chance to meet, mingle and enjoy Cayman’s world-class restaurants including Casa Havana, Blue by Eric Ripert, Hemingways, Mezza, Ristorante Pappagallo and Icoa Fine Foods;

Sunday May 13

Classic Celebrity Cook-Off – 9am – 1:30pm – No-holds-barred Celebrity Chef Cook-off and Champagne Brunch, featuring Chefs Cornelius Gallagher and Scott Tycer held at the outdoor restaurant Solana at the Marriott Beach Resort.

‘With the increased enthusiasm for culinary travel, we are proud to offer such an outstanding line-up for this year’s Cayman Classic,’ said Minister for Tourism Charles Clifford. ‘The Classic blends exciting international epicureans with incredible ‘homegrown’ talent so that guests – and residents – can experience a world class beach destination equipped with fine-dining, wine tasting seminars and a myriad of gustatory delights.’

Mr. Clifford added, ‘Side by side, international celebrity chefs and Cayman’s top talent invite visitors to enjoy two of their passions in one fun-filled Cayman Islands vacation.’

Tickets are available from the Department of Tourism. For more information on Cayman Classic visit www.caymanislands.ky/caymanclassic2007 or call DoT on 949-0623.

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