Saturday, February 4, Grand Cayman’s first Slow Food Day, is fast-approaching and menus are set! For the complimentary tasting at The Market at The Grounds from 9-11:00 a.m., all of our participating local chefs have done yeoman’s work connecting with their farmers and conceiving the local-ingredient-inspired dishes they will present, as follows:
Chef Thomas Tennant (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink) + Farmer Donna Connolly: Donna’s soft scrambled farm eggs on garlic toast with grilled green onions & piave vecchio
Chef Keith Griffin (Private Chef) + Farmer Joel Walton + Rancher Paul Bodden: Island Spiced Pork with Scotch Bonnet ‘mustard’, fruity grilled plantation house vegetable salsa & sweet potato
Chef Sara Mair (Ortanique) + Hamlin Stephenson: Caymanian Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Ragout of Pumpkin, Calalloo and Tomatoes Topped with House Made Goat Cheese Ricotta
Chef Nevin Patel (The Brasserie) + Patrick Panton: Patrick’s Farm All Natural Jerk Chicken with Heirloom Tomato, Chinese Long Beans and Local Eggplant Panzanella
Chef Paul Carroll (Hemingway’s) + Errol Watler: Pumpkin Soup with toasted coconut and Marinated Pepper and Tomato bruschetta with homemade cheese
All of the ingredients and recipes for these dishes will be available at the farmers’ booths at the event, and market goers are encouraged to taste, take home and test for themselves! Thomas demonstrated his recipe, which you can preview here, from our food cart at this past Saturday’s farmers market for Cayman 27’s Daybreak; the segment will air the morning of February 2. It’s an easy and tasty one to recreate at home, for breakfast or mid-morning snack.
Last but not least, chef Jonathan Waxman’s Farm-to-Table dinner later that evening at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Camana Bay will feature a menu utilizing ingredients from all Slow Food Day farmers listed above, as well as local fishermen, in recipes from his new cookbook, Italian, My Way. Click here for the menu and here to purchase tickets!