Congratulations to our amazing island team, winners of Cayman’s Favourite Restaurant at Saturday’s 2013 Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival at Camana Bay presented by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association! Thousands of attendees cast their votes after sampling dishes from among 36 participating restaurants.
“It’s a huge honor to be voted ‘Cayman’s Favorite Restaurant’ and extremely gratifying to know that the team’s hard work on this event and everyday in the restaurant had paid off,” says Thomas Tennant, executive chef of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. “We wanted to showcase the importance of supporting local farmers and products on Grand Cayman in our dishes. It feels great to see that fresh, simple and pure philosophy translate to delicious food on the plate that is enjoyed and appreciated by the Island.”
This first-ever overall victory by popular vote comes on the heels of a string of successful appearances at Taste in the pastry department, specifically winning the panel-judged favorite dessert award in both 2010 and 2012. This morning chef Thomas and pastry chef Adriana Duran went on Daybreak to share what was served on Saturday, including Duck Hash – an item on the new Sunday brunch menu – and Coconut Cream Cake.
Taste of Cayman began in the late 1970’s although the date is disputed as a few years were missed here or there. The event began shortly after the formation of the Restaurant Association. It was later adopted by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association when the Restaurant Association and other associations amalgamated in 2001. The Taste of Cayman became non-profit CITA’s largest fundraiser annually and gained a full title of Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival in 2008. The event began in the Safe Haven field and drew a crowd of thousands of people from around the island. The event later moved around to such venues as Cayman Turtle Farm and then most recently to Camana Bay’s Town Centre where the event continued to grow. On January 26, festival organizers celebrated its 25th year.
We are so excited to high-five the crew in person on the rock on Thursday, when Roel Alcudia (chef of our soon-to-be fourth restaurant, The Cypress Room in Miami’s Design District,) Ellie, Eric, Hedy and I join Schwartz and Acheson for Slow Food Day 2013! If you are coming from home base in Miami, it’s not too late to book a weekend getaway to our second annual event celebrating all things deliciously local. Cayman Airways is even offering Slow Food Day travelers a special fare, so check it out and if we don’t see you in paradise, come along for the ride through the social media handles linked above.