Italian wedding receptions are famous for long tables where guests sit with friends, family and new acquaintances alike. The “Around the Table” event at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, on May 3 will be a lot like that, except no one is getting married.
The outdoor event will take place by the North Sound Pool outside of the hotel. After a sunset welcome reception starting at 6:30 p.m., guests will take their seats at one of five tables set for 40 people each. They will then enjoy a three-course meal that features dishes prepared by 13 different Grand Cayman restaurants or chefs, all served family style.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Executive Chef Frederic Morineau said the event is being held to raise funds to enable members of Cayman’s National Youth Culinary programme to travel to Barbados in August to attend the 5th Annual Caribbean Junior Culinary Conference. While attending the conference, which has been titled, “Celebrating Culture through Cuisine,” several young Caymanian epicureans will compete in the Caribbean Junior Dueling Challenge, a televised contest that is aired in the Caribbean region, Europe and North America.
Chef Morineau thinks “Around the Table” is another good example of how Grand Cayman’s dynamic restaurant industry supports itself.
“Those who have attended the annual ‘Out of the Kitchen’ event will enjoy this event because it reflects the same spirit of caring cooperation in Cayman’s culinary community,” he said. “We might be competitors, but we come together willingly to support good causes, while at the same time delivering memorable and unique dining experiences.”
The meal will consist of four different appetisers, including Calypso Grill’s famous crab cake; three different entrees including dishes made of prime rib, chicken and fish; three side dishes; and dessert stations that include sticky toffee pudding, chocolate-covered bacon and cassava cupcakes, the last one made by chefs from the National Youth Culinary programme.
“Many of the dishes will be prepared using local ingredients, something which is in keeping with the event’s involvement with Slow Food South Sound,” said Chef Morineau.
In addition to The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, The National Youth Culinary programme and Calypso Grill, other restaurants or chefs providing dishes for the event include Cracked Conch, Cayman Cabana, Mise en Place, Blue Cilantro, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, The Wharf/Grand Old House, Private Chef Dylan Benoit/Prime Group Cayman, the Beach House restaurant at Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort, LUCA and Smokies.
Caymanian singer/pianist James Geary will provide music during the dinner.
Tickets are CI$150, which includes food and wines, and are available at participating restaurants, by calling The Ritz-Carlton’s reservations number (345) 815 6912 or by emailing [email protected]