As previously posted, we are prepping fast and furious for the second annual Slow Food Day event in the Cayman Islands, this year welcoming visiting chef Hugh Acheson! Slow Food Day 2013 is made possible through a collaboration of local chefs and farmers and is comprised of a famers market tasting and Slow Food dinner with the goal of generating demand, as well as more opportunities for farm-fresh products to show up on restaurant menus and grocery shelves across the island.
We are excited to announce that tickets are now live for the main event, the Farm-to-Beach dinner at Camana Bay Beach! Kick off your shoes and enjoy Hugh’s fresh approach to Southern food as he explores the local cuisine and its ingredients in a feast on the sand, with support from the Michael’s Genuine kitchen including chef Schwartz and his executive chef on-island, Thomas Tennant. After last year’s amazing inaugural event with Jonathan Waxman at the restaurant, it’s the first time we are taking Slow Food Day to the beach, and frankly, we think it’s about time! The meal will include passed snacks, dishes put out from 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 care of Wine Director Eric Larkee. Our local farmers will join us to celebrate their labor of love, prepared fresh, simple and pure. Copies of A New Turn in the South will be available on-site for purchase and signing by the chef courtesy of Books & Books in Camana Bay. The fun begins at 5:00 p.m. at Camana Bay Beach Park off West Bay Road at the Coral Caymanian site next to Royal Palms. Stay tuned for updates on the menu, travel and accommodations ideas and any deals we can conjure from gateway cities like Miami, and most importantly, snag your tickets while they last! See you in the sand!
Slow Food South Sound is the local chapter of Slow Food International, a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today, the organization has over 100,000 members joined in 1,300 convivia – our local chapters – worldwide, as well as a network of 2,000 food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods. Michael’s Genuine’s relationship with Slow Food began with the Miami convivium, where since 2009, Schwartz and his team have hosted its annual Ark of Taste Dinner to preserve heritage foods in danger of extinction. Since opening an outpost on Grand Cayman, the chef has partnered with the Slow Food South Sound on myriad events, most notably a monthly farm to table dinner series stewarded buy chef Tennant, now culminating in the annual Slow Food Day celebration.
Slow Food Day 2013 is made possible from generous underwriting of our presenting sponsor Camana Bay, as well as Bon Vivant, BlackBeard’s, Flava Magazine and Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. Get all the latest updates on Slow Food Day and its participating farmers and chefs by following Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Grand Cayman on Facebook, and on Twitter @mgfd_gcm, @mgfd_mia, and hashtag #SFD13. To purchase tickets and for more information on the events, please visit michaelsgenuine.com/SFD13
Open since June of 2010, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Camana Bay offers local residents as well as international visitors to Camana Bay a taste of the fresh, simple, pure, and sustainable cuisine of James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz. With leadership on-island from chef Thomas Tennant, the restaurant has both supported and grown with the local economy by prominently featuring ingredients from local farmers, fishermen, and other producers on the menu. In addition to daily changes to dishes based on what’s available and in season, an extensive selection of beers and bourbons are front and center at its bar and lively happy hours. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is a member of Cayman Sea Sense, hosts monthly Farm-To-Table Dinners with Slow Food South Sound, and works with local divers who hunt the invasive lionfish to offer this delicious predator in myriad preparations. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Grand Cayman is located at 47 Forum Lane, Suite 4103, Canella Court at Camana Bay, and is now open for weekly Sunday brunch as of November 4, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For reservations, please call 345.640.6433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Hours of operation are Lunch Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Brunch Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Dinner Monday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Sunday until 10:00 p.m.,) and Happy Hour Monday to Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Connect with The Genuine Hospitality Group online at michaelsgenuine.com/TGHG.