Bacchus cooks up Soup-er winner

Bacchus Restaurant took home top honours in the first Cayman Islands Soup-er Bowl held Saturday at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

More than 40 of Grand Cayman’s finest restaurants prepared their most creative and delicious soups in hopes of earning the title of ‘2009 Cayman Islands Soup-er Bowl Champion’.

Nearly 1,000 people attended the event, a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands and voted Bacchus Restaurant’s Roasted Kaocha Pumpkin Soup as their favourite.

Keith Griffin, owner and executive chef of Bacchus said, ‘We are honoured to have won this distinctive award and were thrilled to be a part of the event. It was a lot of fun and we look forward to doing it again next year. The Soup-er Bowl is a fun and fresh concept that allows restaurants to showcase their menu without costing an arm and a leg while also benefiting a great cause.’

Second place honours went to Vivendi Cabaret (Cayman’s new dinner theatre) for its entry of Creamy Onion Soup. Agave Grill was voted the Third place winner for its Tortilla Soup.

In addition to first, second and third places, two other restaurants were recognised with special awards voted by the BBBS board members. Thai Orchid and The Lobster Pot split the award for Best Decoration while Mise En Place won Most Original Soup for its entry of Alligator and Chicken Gumbo.

Participating restaurants included: 7 Prime Cuts and Sunsets, Abacus, Agave Grill, Al la Kebab, Aqua Beach, Azzurro, Bacchus, Bamboo, Bayside Café, The Brickhouse, Brittania, Calypso Grill, Champion House, Cracked Conch, Deckers, Fisherman’s Reef, Full of Beans Cafe, Grand Old House, Guy Harvey’s Island Grill, Hemingways, Kaibo, Little Tokyo Mongolian Grill, The Lobster Pot, Lone Star, Luca, MacDonald’s, Mezza, Mise en Place, Myrtle’s, Perk Up, Piccolo’s, Prime Brazilian Steakhouse, Rackam’s and Cblu, Rum Point, Seaharvest, Smokey’s, Solana, Stinger’s, The Post, The Thai Restaurant, Thai Orchid, Treats, Vivendi Cabaret, and The Wharf .

The fundraiser netted more than $10,000 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands and was sponsored by Cayman 27, Cayman Free Press, dms Broadcasting, The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, InSite Media, Island Supply, and Vision Marketing/Signs of Paradise with donations also made by Cayman Airways and The Ritz-Carlton.

Some of the featured soups served included Lobster Bisque, Conch Chowder, Turtle Soup, Crab and Artichoke Bisque and Thai Lemongrass Chicken Soup.

Shawn Wilcox, member of the Board of Directors for BBBS and event organiser, commented, ‘The event was a tremendous success for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. It really wasn’t about winning or losing. It was about the local hospitality community getting together with friends and celebrating the incredible calibre of culinary creativity available to both residents and visitors.

‘Invariably, there were going to be many restaurants that didn’t take home an award. That said, they were all winners for the way they came together to help Big Brothers and Big Sisters. There is no doubt that this is an event of which Cayman can be proud and we look forward to hosting it for years to come’.

The date for next year’s Soup-er Bowl will be Saturday, 6 February. Restaurants interested in participating in the 2010 Soup-er Bowl can contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 745-BBBS (2227) or by e-mailing Mr. Wilcox at [email protected]

Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands’ mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Cayman’s youth. The organisation hopes to assist them in achieving their highest potential, through a professionally-supported one-to-one (mentoring) relationship with a caring adult.