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Ready to serve? The challenge of empowering Caymanians in tourism

Tourism businesses say they are taking on the challenge of putting Caymanians at the forefront of tourism as the island prepares to reopen its borders. But the reality of trying to recruit and retain local talent is more complex than many believe. The Compass takes a deeper look at the issue through the eyes of one restaurant.

Business owners assess Hurricane Delta damage

Business owners along Grand Cayman’s south-western coastline are counting their blessings, despite having to clean up from damage left in the wake of Hurricane Delta.

Hatitude on parade

It is time once again for islanders to don their fanciest chapeaux and head to Grand Old House for the annual Hatitude event, being held on 1 Feb. from 2-4:30pm.

Old world elegance at Jeanne’s

One of the most memorable things about my Cunard cruise on the QEII in 2000 was not the cabin or the entertainment – it...

PAWS Under the Stars at Grand Old House

It seems that Saturday is all about the animals. Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts is holding its Dog Jog in the morning, and the Protection of Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for the eastern districts is hosting its 8th Annual PAWS Under the Stars event that same evening.

A whole lotta ‘Hatitude’ goin’ on!

Time to don your fanciest chapeau and head to Grand Old House for the annual Hatitude brunch, being held on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Jasmine presents annual Burns Supper

Spring clean yer kilts, fluff yer sporran and practice the Gay Gordons dance because the Burns Supper is coming.

Cayman prepares to ring in 2019 with parties galore

Where to go on New Year’s Eve? That’s the question everyone asks themselves in December and now the date is fast approaching.

High seas batter Grand Cayman’s west coast

Cayman waterfront businesses were working Sunday to clean up and repair their premises after winds and high waves battered George Town, Seven Mile Beach and West Bay over the weekend.

Festival of Seas gala makes a splash for CCMI

With the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean Sea and the elegant ambiance that defines Grand Old House as a true Cayman favorite, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) will be going all out for the Festival of Seas Awards and Gala on Saturday.

‘Come Back Home’ explores Cayman’s heritage

Some 200 traditional music lovers turned out Thursday evening to help celebrate the launch of a double album by two iconic Cayman groups.

Traditional music groups release album

A double album featuring popular traditional Cayman groups, the Cayman Islands Folk Singers and the North Side Kitchen Band, will be released next week.

PAWS in the Sand supports canine friends

Cayman’s animal lovers gathered Saturday at the historic Grand Old House restaurant in support of the Protection of Animal Welfare Society.

Animal fundraiser switches Rum Point for Grand Old House

The Protection of Animal Welfare Society is shaking things up for its 2018 Annual PAWS In The Sand fundraising dinner by bringing the party to George Town for the first time in the event’s seven-year history.

New Year’s Eve dancing, music ban dampens turnout for some events

After selling their house in New Jersey, Tery and James Miller decided to book a vacation in Cayman to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style.

Some of Cayman’s top New Year’s Eve parties

Is that the distant sound of Champagne corks popping? Yes, New Year’s Eve is on the horizon, so you’d better get your party plans in place. Here are a few great options for ringing in 2018 on-island.

Why Christmas dinner when — you can Christmas brunch?

Here are the finer details of all the festive brunches happening this Holiday season.

Senior tourism officer retires after 27 years

Alma McKenzie, senior tourism training and development officer for the Department of Tourism, retired this month after 27 years of service focusing on the development of youth and infusion of tourism education into the schools’ curriculum.

Burns Supper benefit for Cayman HospiceCare

Having recently brought in the New Year with the familiar melodious tune of “Auld Lang Syne,” written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, it seems only appropriate that Cayman HospiceCare is hosting its second annual Burns Supper on Jan. 21 at Grand Old House.

Where to ring in the New Year?

Fireworks, bubbly and party tunes – Cayman knows how to party and New Year’s Eve is no exception, with a score of exciting events happening across the island. From Michelin-starred dining to barefoot on the beach, there’s something for everyone. So where are you going to be when the clock strikes midnight?

Five-star dining delivered to needy families

For struggling families across Grand Cayman wondering where their next meal is coming from, the surprising answer might be two of Cayman’s top restaurants. Grand Old House and The Wharf have begun delivering free meals to needy families on a weekly basis.

Governor awards conservationists

Bird field guide author Patricia Bradley was awarded the title of “Conservationist of the Year” in the 2016 Governor’s Conservation Awards. Ms. Bradley, author of three field guides and a British Ornithologists’ Union checklist, was given the award for her contributions to Caribbean ornithology.

Grand Old House owners take over The Wharf

After serving “many millions” of dinners and making “many millions” of dollars, the owner of The Wharf restaurant is selling his iconic waterfront venue. Clemens Guettler, who opened The Wharf in 1988, has sold the popular restaurant to the owners of Grand Old House.

Bring Your Own Appetite: Restaurant Month is here

Dining out is a luxury for some, which is why Restaurant Month is one of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s most anticipated months of the year. Folks can wine and dine at many of Cayman’s favorite restaurants throughout October for a fraction of the cost. The fixed-price menus consist of two- or three-course lunches for $15 or $20, and three-course dinners for $25, $35 or $45.

Grand Old House closes season with Happy Hour

Grand Old House in South Sound has been a busy place this season, so it’s time to give the lady a well-deserved rest. She will be closing on Sunday until Sept. 26, when she will re-open with gusto.

‘Life Flow’ exhibition opens

The odds are very good that you have already seen Yonier Powery’s work, and although you may not have noted the name on the painting, you will remember how colorful it was and how it grabbed your attention.

People Time Forgot: David Livingston Whittaker

David Whittaker of North Side spent many years at sea traveling the globe.

In Focus: Slow Food Day

Slow Food Day 2016 took place at Camana Bay on Saturday. It featured a morning segment where local chefs provided free tastes of the food prepared using local ingredients; an afternoon “Kids’ Culinary Challenge;” and a dinner event featuring two award-winning guest chefs.

Five decades of Napa Valley wines: How long can they age?

One knock against wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Napa Valley, California is that they don’t age as well as most of their Old World counterparts, particularly those from France.

8 brunch options for this Easter Sunday

Whether it’s at Christmas time, on birthdays or anniversaries, or just regular Sundays, Cayman residents like to brunch. And why wouldn’t they, with such a variety of brunching options to choose from island-wide? The Easter weekend provides yet another opportunity for breaking bread with family or friends, and here are some choices of venues.

Cayman in Focus: Hatitude

Hats of all kinds, some themed, some classic, were on display at the National Trust’s “Hatitude” fundraiser at Grand Old House on Sunday. The event, under the theme “Brunch Upon a Time,” encouraged patrons to dress as someone famous from history, real or fictional, in full regalia or just highlighted by a choice of hat. Photos by Maggie Jackson unless otherwise noted.
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Get your tartan out for Burns Supper

Cayman HospiceCare is holding a fundraising dinner with a Scottish twist at the Grand Old House this Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m. A Burns...

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