Slow Food Day offers a true taste of Cayman

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Local farmers teamed up with chefs from near and far to highlight food ingredients from the Cayman Islands at the 2015 Slow Food Day event at Camana Bay on Saturday. 

Slow Food is an international culinary group based in Bra, Italy, that was created to oppose the industrialization of food and the “fast food” culture. The organization promotes the use of sustainable, locally sourced foods, maintaining local food traditions and the enjoyment of food with others in a convivial setting. 

Now in its fourth year, Slow Food Day is a partnership between Slow Food South Sound and Camana Bay. The event features a morning session at Camana Bay’s Gardenia Court, where chefs use locally sourced fruits, vegetables and proteins to create dishes and give free taste-sized samples to the public. Participating restaurants included Agave Grill, Beach House at the Westin, The Brasserie, Grand Old House, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Ortanique. 

The morning session also included cooking demonstrations in Bon Vivant by local chefs Tanya Foster, representing Bay Market, and private chef Keith Griffin. 

In the evening, a dinner with the theme “Saluting the Queens of Local Cuisine” was held on the gorgeously decorated Camana Bay Crescent. The headlining chefs for the event were a trio of women: dessert chef Hedy Goldsmith representing Michael’s Genuine, Ortanique’s Cindy Hutson and visiting chef Susan Spicer from the famed New Orleans restaurant Bayona.  

The three chefs were supported with appetizers or dishes prepared by other Camana Bay restaurants, including Mizu, Abacus, Jessie’s Juice, Bay Market, Upper Crust and Gelato & Co. KARoo provided the welcome cocktail and West Indies Wine Company provided Benziger Family Winery’s biodynamic and organic wines.  

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The Beach House restaurant at the Westin had a strong showing at Slow Food Day 2015, and used Patrick Panton’s farm-raised chickens and produce to create a chicken sadeko wrap. From left, the Westin’s team of Norbert Szalay, Sandy Tuason, Dimuth Munasingha, Allwyn Dias and Gobinath Sanmugasundaram.

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The Brasserie’s Aide Davila and Chef Daniel Taylor serve satin snapper ceviche with green mango and Cayman lime on a plantain chip during the morning session of Slow Food Day 2015.

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From left, the Westin’s Sandy Tuason, Grand Old House’s Thushara Siriwardana, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink’s Thomas Tennant, Ortanique’s Cindy Hutson and Agave Grill’s Ervin Horvath.
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