Cayman’s official Culinary Month doesn’t start until mid-January, but just because Restaurant Week is almost over doesn’t mean foodies can’t continue their training for that epicurean marathon this month.
In addition to Into the Blue, the three-course menu being offered for $95 at Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman through 12 November, there are several more culinary events planned at the hotel.
Ooey, gooey cheese
Artisan cheeses and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are all the rage in the United States right now.
They will be in Cayman, too, when author and cheese expert Laura Werlin leads five-days of events called Adventures in Cheese.
Werlin, who is one of the United States’ foremost authorities on cheese, has written five books on the subject, including her latest, Grilled Cheese, Please!
From 25 to 29 October, 7 Prime Cuts & Sunsets will offer special three- five- or seven-course cheese tastings for $15, $20 or $25, respectively. Or, guests can indulge on the five-course cheese tasting with an accompanying three-course dinner for $78.
Guests choosing the entire dinner will have the option of joining Werlin’s table to gain from her cheese knowledge – learning things like which wines go best with which cheeses – or they can dine at their own table.
On her final day here, Werlin will host a gourmet grilled cheese seminar at noon Saturday, 29 October, presenting some of her favourite recipes along with cheese and wine pairings. Seminar attendees will sit down as Werlin takes them through a wine and cheese pairing adventure, complete with samples.
Later, guests will try four different gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that use the cheeses sampled earlier, again trying them with the wine.
The cost for this event, called Grilled Cheese, Please!, is $55 per person.
Out of the Kitchen
That’s not all that will be happening at The Ritz-Carlton toward the end of the month.
On 27 October, the second Out of the Kitchen event will take place in the Royal Ballroom.
The charity dinner, which also serves as the Cayman Culinary Society Awards Gala, features chefs from 22 of Grand Cayman’s top restaurants as they step out of their kitchens and cook right at attendees’ tables. Guests can sit at any restaurant table they choose, but with only 12 seats per table, some will book up quickly.
The chefs will prepare a three-course menu, which will be paired with wine as part of the ticket price.
Local chef and vice president of the Culinary Society Keith Griffin said the event was a big deal for the organisation.
“It’s our major fundraiser for the whole year,” he said, adding that it also allows the Society an opportunity to get Cayman’s chefs cooking together for an event.
Griffin said Out of the Kitchen is also a treat for attendees.
“I think it’s a great way for guests to come and meet the chefs and see them in action,” he said. “It’s also good for the chefs, who are usually stuck in the kitchen and don’t get a chance to meet people.”
Tickets are $145 per person and all proceeds benefit the Cayman Culinary Society and The Ritz-Carlton’s Culinary Arts Scholarship.