Slow Food Day has been celebrated in Camana Bay since 2012, so this year will see the 7th annual Slow Food Day return to the Town Centre on April 14. Slow Food South Sound is the largest chapter for the Slow Food movement in the Caribbean region, with close to 100 members.
The day’s events are put on in coordination with the organization with the aim of raising the profile of farm-to-table dining in the Cayman Islands, celebrating farmers and chefs who incorporate local ingredients into their dishes. The Slow Food movement arose in Italy in the late 1980s as a response to the rise of the fast food industry and encourages the enjoyment of regionally produced and cooked traditional cuisine.
10 a.m.-noon, the Crescent
Cost: Free to attend and CI$10 for a tasting passport
Locally minded chefs from restaurants across Cayman will partner with local growers to transform ingredients straight from their farms into deliciously fresh dishes. Guests will be able to watch the chefs at work and taste their flavorful creations, then shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Be sure to visit the Cayman Food Revolution booth to learn more about the Seed2Plate after-school program and collect your tasting passport to enjoy a sample from each participating restaurant.
Food Revolution Kids’ Seed2Plate Workshop
12:30-2 p.m., Gardenia Court
Cost: CI$35 per child
Budding chefs aged eight to 12 can join Cayman Food Revolution to test their culinary skills with a fun, interactive and educational cooking class. Participants will be grouped into teams and presented with a basket of local ingredients and a recipe to work together to create. Led by Cayman’s Food Revolution Ambassador Maureen Cubbon, young chefs will be inspired and educated with culinary skills they can take home with them and afterwards, everyone will have the chance to pot their own edible plant to start a chef garden at home. Net proceeds will benefit the Cayman Food Revolution Seed2Plate after-school program.
Space is limited; to register, email Bon Vivant at [email protected].
Slow Food Lunch with Jack Barwick
12:30-2 p.m., Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio
Cost: CI$50 per person
Join UK Young Chef of the Year 2017 Jack Barwick for a cooking class you won’t forget. As guest chef of Slow Food Day’s Harvest Dinner, Jack has worked with Pani Indian Kitchen’s chefs to prepare an Indian menu full of locally sourced ingredients to please guests. He will bring that Indian influence into Bon Vivant for this lunchtime class, showing attendees how to best combine local ingredients with Indian dishes and techniques to maximize flavor. Entry fee includes the lesson, lunch and a beverage presented by West Indies Wine Company.
Registration is required; call 623-2665 or contact [email protected] to sign up.
Saturday, April 14 6:30 p.m.
Cost: US$150 per person
Join chefs from Camana Bay’s newest restaurant, Pani Indian Kitchen, as they work with local culinary star Jack Barwick to create a menu for the senses. Enjoy dishes featuring local ingredients and prepared with traditional Indian techniques. Don’t miss this one-off opportunity to dine under the stars with fellow locavores and enjoy global tastes with a local twist.
Spots are limited; tickets are available for purchase at camanabay.com.