Cooking with the Trust Cayman-style cuisine on the menu

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is hosting a cooking class Wednesday, 17 July, at the George Town fish restaurant, Da Fish Shack.

The class, from 6pm to 8pm, will highlight a selection of local ingredients, including lionfish, snapper, sour sop and breadfruit.

The Trust has been holding a series of cooking classes over the past year, highlighting traditional Caribbean cuisine. Danielle Vernon, development and marketing coordinator for the Trust, said that the cooking classes are the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded people in a fun and informal gathering, while picking up some cooking tips and recipes at the same time.

“The class is designed for any individual who enjoys learning new cooking skills and indulging in fine local cuisine in a fun loving environment. Food is the best medium where people connect.

“Being right on the waterfront and known for their traditional style of cooking and fresh fish, it was natural for the Trust to gravitate towards Da Fish Shack. The building itself dates back to 1932. Built from an old sailing vessel, it is a prime example of the resourcefulness of Caymanian architects and builders at a time when the Islands were less prosperous than they are today.”

The menu features a selection of Caymanian inspired cuisine, including a welcome sour sop cocktail, lionfish ceviche with lime juice, red and green peppers, cilantro and scotch bonnet, breadfruit fish cake, Cayman-style fish seasoned with red and green peppers, tomatoes and onions, and cassava cake.

Chefs from Da Fish Shack will demonstrate how to prepare each dish, while guests will be able to enjoy a sample sized taste. Redtree Pinot Grigio, a fresh, delicate and floral wine from California, will also be served.

Chef Dane White of Da Fish Shack, grew up in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and after his culinary studies he formulated his craft at Couples San Souci Resort. His inspiration for the evening is based on a seasonal combination of local fruit and vegetables and Da Fish Shack’s renowned fresh fish.

The class costs $35 for Trust members, $40 for non-members. For reservations, call 749-1121.

“The class is designed for any individual who enjoys learning new cooking skills and indulging in fine local cuisine in a fun loving environment. Food is the best medium where people connect.” 
Danielle Vernon of The National Trust for the Cayman Islands

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