As a company, Dart Real Estate focuses on all matters that make Camana Bay “work.” Camana Bay is referred to as a community where there are green spaces, buildings and infrastructure that help connect that community. There are hundreds of diverse events each year that further connect the broader Cayman community to Camana Bay and those who work, live or play here.
But people also connect in the interior spaces at Camana Bay, and full-time employees who work here typically spend more than 1,800 hours a year in their office. Part of that time is spent in the office kitchen, a diverse and curious place inside the walls of work.
There are some basic dos and don’ts for workplace kitchens, such as: don’t eat other people’s food, and do clean up after yourself. But each office kitchen has its own personality.
Take the kitchen-within-the-kitchen concept used at the Market Street Group’s Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar and The Waterfront Urban Diner. One side of the kitchen is used to prepare food for Mizu, and the other side for The Waterfront, with each having specific types of equipment to cater to the different menus. Then, in between lunch and dinner, the cooking staff turn the Mizu kitchen into their own domain as they concoct international bespoke delights for their own tastes.
“This is a no-go zone during that time,” says Jeff. “They’ll look at you like you’ve got a third eye in your forehead if you try to come in there when its their kitchen.”
“I have no idea what goes on back there in terms of cooking, but I wish I did,” says Ramon De Beer, manager of Mizu. One of the newest kitchens in Camana Bay is in the office of Aureum Re in the 94 Solaris Avenue building. It is equipped with state-of-the-art conveniences, as well as a large aquarium and big-screen television. Office Manager Stacey Forde is the mastermind behind the design concept.
“I wanted to create a highly functional, modern kitchen that had everything the staff would need in order to feel like they’ve left the office and are truly getting a break from work,” she says.
Though sleek and minimalist looking, Stacey says their kitchen easily morphs into a social space and says the kitchen “is like the heart of the office.”
The most unique kitchen in Camana Bay is called “the common kitchen” because it is shared by five separate business offices. Somehow it works and most of the employees who share the space love the concept because of its balance between community and privacy.
“It has provided us an opportunity to get to know our neighbours,” says Sheree Ebanks, president of the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants, better known as CIIPA.
Sheree says there are no negative issues with sharing the kitchen. “The cleaning schedule is set to the timing of usage, people clean up, and they share. The only lingering item we have is that we don’t get invited to Personnel 2000’s wine tasting events on Friday afternoon,” she lamented with a laugh. She considers the common kitchen to be a healthy aspect of work life and a feature that has promoted true community in the building between the businesses.
CIIPA Head of Operations & Communications Vanessa Hansen says tenants using the common kitchen share food, kitchen supplies and gadgetry, like the newly added Panini machine.
“It’s a very friendly place,” she says of the kitchen. ”Maybe we should think about doing a group pot-luck with our neighbors.”
Jason Kennedy of Vagabond Media Group say he loves the common kitchen.
“Especially when people leave nice little notes beside leftover pizza or cakes so others can treat themselves,” he says.