The Cayman chapter of Slow Food – a global organization dedicated to raising awareness of where our food comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us – and Camana Bay are joining forces once again to host this year’s Slow Food Day on April 16.
The day-long culinary event aims to celebrate Cayman’s homegrown food scene, with a host of activities organized, including chef demonstrations, a farmers’ market, tastings, children’s culinary challenges, as well as a gourmet gala dinner featuring the very best of Cayman’s local produce.
Award-winning guest chefs this year are Mike Lata and Edward Lee, who will not only be helping to host the gala farm-to-table dinner, but will also be inspiring young gourmands with a planned visit to Red Bay Primary as part of Cayman’s Food Revolution Seed2Plate after-school program.
Self-taught chef Lata is famed for his locavore commitment, creating food that is bright, uncomplicated, and understated. In 2007 and 2008, he was nominated for the James Beard Best Chef: Southeast, and he took home the prize in 2009. He is the owner of FIG Restaurant and The Ordinary, and recently made headlines after joining the fight alongside Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone to help young, broke farmers through a special fundraising dinner.
Brooklyn-born chef and restaurateur Lee has five James Beard Award nominations. The owner of three restaurants – 610 Magnolia, The Wine Studio, and MilkWood – his approach to cooking frequently blends the flavors of his Korean heritage along with Southern U.S. ingredients.
He is a winner of Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”; was a favorite on “Top Chef: Texas,” Season 9; and has appeared on shows ranging from Cooking Channel’s “Foodography” to Andrew Zimmern’s “Bizarre Foods America.”
He has just been announced as a celebrity guest judge on the next season of Fox’s popular food show, “MasterChef,” which is scheduled to premiere this June.
Farmers Market Tasting: 10 a.m. – noon
The Paseo, Gardenia Court, and Bon Vivant
Locally minded chefs from restaurants across Cayman will partner with local growers to transform ingredients straight from their farms into deliciously fresh dishes. Guests will be able to watch the chefs at work and taste their flavorful creations, then shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables to cook with at home. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to visit the Cayman Food Revolution booth to learn more about the Seed2Plate after-school program and collect a complimentary tasting passport to enjoy a sample from each participating restaurant.
Food Revolution Kids’ Culinary Challenge: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Budding chefs ages 4 and up can join Cayman Food Revolution to test their culinary skills with a fun, interactive and educational challenge. Participants will be grouped into teams and presented with a basket of local mystery ingredients. Using creativity and teamwork, children will work together to prepare a unique dish with the help of a professional chef. Afterwards, to help keep kids inspired, everyone will have the chance to pot their own edible plant to start a chef garden at home. The cost is $20 per child and includes a light snack, the challenge and a take-home plant. Net proceeds will benefit the Cayman Food Revolution Seed2Plate after-school program. Space is limited.
To register, call 623-2665 or email [email protected]
Farm-to-Table Dinner: 7 p.m.
The Crescent, Camana Bay
Award-winning guest chefs Lee and Lata will join the restaurants of Camana Bay to present a Southern-inspired feast showcasing seasonally fresh local ingredients. The evening begins with passed canapés, welcome cocktails, and a bourbon tasting featuring a selection of Southern small-batch bourbons including chef Lee’s very own signature blend. Guests can then sample five different entrées, including two prepared by the guest chefs, all complemented by sustainable wines from Louis Jadot. The night ends on a sweet note with a decadent dessert buffet including a gelato cart. Tickets for the Slow Food Dinner are $150 all-inclusive and $5 from every ticket sold will benefit the Cayman Food Revolution Seed2Plate after-school program.
Tickets are available at Bon Vivant in Camana Bay (cash only) and online at camanabay.com.