Of art, food, mojitos and more

Culinary Month 2011 kicked off with two great events.

Thursday night at Breezes featured many interesting takes on the classic mojito – including one made with sorrel.

It was so delicious that we dug around, asked around and came up with a recipe inspired by the Breezes crew’s mad skills.

On the night, sponsored by Jacques Scott, the mojitos were chased down exceedingly well with such delicacies as rum-glazed ribs, ginger and rum-glazed shrimp kebabs, mojito chicken skewers, mini burgers with rum caramelised onions and Provolone cheese.

For desserts there were mango-filled cream puffs with mojito sauce, mojito cheesecake, mini molten cakes, mini rum cakes and a whole lot more (spot a theme here?)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday saw local artist Al Ebanks display his work at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. Interested viewers and art buffs were treated to a colourful, intriguing blend of the abstract and the impressionist, with the sea, the sky and the land paramount in Ebanks’ visionary works.

Along with the colourful, textured work there were a series of canapes and delicious treats from the kitchen, including a great tuna cervice, a crab dish and more that served as a delicious counterpoint to the artwork.

Given that Culinary Month is about satisfying and educating the palate as well as bigging up local ingredients, chefs and techniques, the first weekend of 2011’s offering proved that using the Caribbean’s signature drink in so many different ways plus drawing in the visual side of things with local inspiration was something that worked exceptionally well.