A Taste of St. Croix celebrates the spirit and flavor of St. Croix! The event, which was the brainchild of two local restaurateurs, was started as a way to celebrate the diverse and delectable cuisine and culture of St. Croix with its influences from all over the Caribbean and the world.
Founded in 2001 by two restaurateurs, Kelly Odom and Katherine Pugliese, A Taste of St. Croix pools the diverse talent of over 50 of St. Croix’s local caterers, chefs, vendors, specialty cooks, baristas and bartenders. Held on one night in April for just three hours, the Taste packs in an amazing variety of creations that range from the delightfully new to the most authentic of regional cuisine. To top it all off, restaurants vie for coveted awards in several dish categories, including best entrée, dessert, beverage, and local dish. And, for the Best Presentation award, each participant builds stunning visual displays themed around food and wine.
With a guest list of 1000, tickets are sold out the same day they go on sale. Ticket holders spend the night of Taste touring over 50 booths filled with the best each vendor has to offer. Winding their way through the lavishly appointed beachside resort, Divi Carina Bay Resort, guests will brush sleeves with many of the event’s national and international friends and celebrity judges, such as Iron Chef’s Tim Love, Kevin Rathbun, and Roberto Treviño. And as a food and wine event, there is no shortage of leading vintners and sommeliers, such as Bo Barrett and Francesca Tinazzi, pouring their inspiring inventions. From decadent home-made chocolate, the recipe a closely guarded St. Croix secret, to the most sublime of conch soups, guests at the Taste spend three hours tasting to their hearts content and reacquainting their souls with the art of good cooking and fine wine.
Today, “the Taste” is known nationally and abroad as one of the finest food and wine events in the Caribbean. It was the catalyst for the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience, named by Forbes Traveler one of the “top 10 international food and wine events.” A Taste of St. Croix has attracted thousands of guests including international winemakers, rum distillers, brewers, and celebrity chefs, who are all able to drink in the culture and vibe of our amazing island. A Taste of St. Croix is a night of true elegance, art, culture, laughter… and a spectacular good time.
Most proceeds go to benefit the ST. CROIX FOUNDATION
A Taste of St. Croix also contributes to and funds several restaurant and service industry related services and training, in addition to many civic, art and cultural events that help keep St. Croix vibrant.
As a benefit for the community, most proceeds from Taste are directed to the St. Croix Foundation. As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical community foundation, the St. Croix Foundation provides leadership and acts as a catalyst in bringing together diverse groups to discuss problems and forge solutions. The Foundation is making an impact because we leverage funds raised from concerned citizens and encourage greater philanthropic activity through increasing public awareness of current and emerging needs in in our community. We appreciate your support. Together we can make a difference!
After more than 10 years, A Taste of St. Croix still captures the unique spirit and flavor of the hospitality industry of St. Croix in a celebration that is now hailed as one of the premier food and wine events in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Simply put, A Taste of St. Croix is a spectacular good time filled with elegance, art, culture, and laughter-all wrapped up in an event that gives back to the community it celebrates. Join us!
- “In a region where the celebration of food has now moved from a local tradition to international-scale events and world-class resident chefs, St. Croix is prominent amongst its neighbors for its culinary diversity” Zing, January 2010
- “Named number one on the Ten Best International Food and Wine Festivals by Forbes Travel!” Uptown Life, March 2010
- “Star studded and locally supported…deeply steeped in the mixed heritage of Caribbean cuisine, from roti to ‘mansoup'” Forbes Traveller, July 2009.
The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience showcases the diverse cuisine and wine available on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The four-day event includes gourmet dinners, wine seminars, wine auctions, and the annual culinary competition, A Taste of St. Croix. The event benefits the St. Croix Foundation (www.stxfoundation.org), a non-profit community foundation that administers a number of local programs. For more information visit www.StCroixFoodandWine.com.
Proceeds from The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience are donated to The St. Croix Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on community revitalization, economic development, youth programs, education and additional needs in the community. The culinary events have raised more than $500,000 for The St. Croix Foundation. For more information visit www.STXFoundation.org.