With Michael and Eric headed to Grand Cayman today for two great events, Pork & Pinot and our first brunch service, we wanted to share some big news for 2013. We are thrilled to share that planning for our second annual Slow Food Day event is underway in partnership with co-founders Alan Markoff of Slow Food South Sound and Kerry Forbes of Cayman Islands Agricultural Society. This year’s event will be held Saturday, February 2, and will be bigger and better than ever with more local farmer and chef participants, as well as a great new guest chef from the States with fresh eyes through which we can all see the island in a fresh light: our talented friend from the south, Hugh Acheson! We found out he makes a mean corn kimchi and more, after his Empire State South Pizzeria pop-up at Harry’s in September, and we can’t wait to see how he interprets Grand Cayman’s ingredients in season and more (did someone say lionfish?)
Slow Food Day was born earlier this year from our desire to see Cayman Culinary month embrace more than just amazing international cheffing talent, and look inward at its own amazing bounty and the people behind it, from whom we source for our daily-changing menu. With help from the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Cayman Airways, and many more sponsors including Caymanian Compass & its Flava publication, Bon Vivant, Home Gas, Blackbeard’s and our home in the town of Camana Bay, 2013’s event will raise awareness of Grand Cayman’s own food producers and the chefs that support them in two events:
9-11 a.m. Farmers Market Tasting at The Grounds – Participating chefs will each be paired with a local farmer and are asked to create a dish using their locally-grown ingredients. Guests attending Saturday’s weekly Farmers Market at The Grounds will be able to enjoy a complimentary tasting of these dishes and get the recipes to make them at home.
5 p.m. Farm to Beach – Relax and enjoy local ingredients from the land and sea brought to the beach in our guest chef’s signature style. Nabbing two 2012 James Beard Foundation Award this year – one for best chef southeast and the other for his cookbook, “A New Turn in the South,” Canadian-born chef Hugh Acheson comes to us from Atlanta, GA where he is the chef/partner at Five & Ten, The National, Gosford Wine and Empire State South. You may have also seen him as judge on Top Chef. We cannot wait to host Hugh and get a taste of his fresh approach to Southern food on Camana Bay Beach, and shoeless! Expect lots of different snacks to be passed, as well as dishes put out from our cooks at stations on the sand, a pit with delicious local meats roasting and smoking, and of course plenty of cocktails and wines that love the beach.
For updates on participating chefs, stay tuned to the new Slow Food Day page on our website, where you can also find a link to pictures from last year’s inaugural event featuring Jonathan Waxman. Tickets will go on sale to the public there the week of November 26. And we can’t wait!!!