Today’s Editorial for 02 August, 2010: Time to dine

Feeling hungry?

Well this is a good week to eat on
Grand Cayman.

Twenty-one restaurants have signed
up to take part in the Islands’ first Cayman Restaurant Week to celebrate the
local culinary scene.

The event, which is a partnership between
the Best of Cayman, the Department of Tourism, Cayman Airways and the
participating restaurants, offers fixed price lunch and dinner menus through
next Sunday.

Most of the participating
restaurants’ offering are bargains. Two- or three-course lunches cost $15 or
$20 and three- or four-course meals cost $25 or $35.  Many restaurants are also offering an
optional wine pairing with dinner for an additional $15 or $20.

The special offers will give
residents a chance to dine out at some of Grand Cayman’s best restaurants at an
affordable price. Given the economic doldrums and increases in the cost of
living this year, a good deal is probably welcomed by all.

More than that though, Cayman’s
restaurants could use the support. The combination of lower stay-over tourism
along with residents having less discretionary income has left many of the
local restaurants struggling to get by. This time of year, when tourism numbers
are even lower and many residents are off island on holiday, is particularly
tough for restaurants.  Any support they
can get from the local community this week, even if their profits are lower
because of the special offers, gives the restaurants much-needed cash flow and
keeps the staff active.

People may not realise it, but
Cayman’s culinary scene is special, especially when compared to our regional
competitors.  Only Bermuda can really
stack up with Cayman when it comes to the quality, number and variety of restaurants
in the Caribbean. And with some exciting new establishments and trends – like
the farm-to-plate approach now being promoted at several restaurants – Cayman
is positioning itself to raise the bar even higher.

A full listing of the participating
restaurants and their offers can be found at www.caymanrestaurantweek.com. Why
not take advantage of another of Grand Cayman’s assets and go out to lunch or
dinner – or both – this week.

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