A Taste of St. Croix 2015 : Winners & Entries


Congratulations to all of our winners! Special thanks to all participants and sponsors!

A TASTE OF ST. CROIX
2015 JUDGING RESULTS
APPETIZER
FIRST PLACE 40 Strand Eatery, Voodoo Shrimp
SECOND PLACE Rowdy Joe’s Northshore Eatery, Roasted Local Beet & Pumpkin Raviolis with Duck Manchego
Filling, Shittake Mushroom Caramelized Shallot Relish & Whole Grain Mustard Sage Butter
THIRD PLACE Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, Bacalao Conch
ENTRÉE
FIRST PLACE Maria’s Cantina, Mahi Tixin Xic over Cactus and Tomatoes Salad with Chile-Lime Lobster
SECOND PLACE Salud Bistro, Moroccan Lamb Stew
THIRD PLACE You are Here Bar & Grille, Baja Mahi Fish Tacos
SOUP & STEW
FIRST PLACE The Bistro, Local Pumpkin Soup with Crusted Local Pepper and Onion Garnish
SECOND PLACE Salud Bistro, Curried Seafood Chowder
THIRD PLACE Seaside Market & Deli, Pumpkin Lobster Bisque
LOCAL FARE
TIE          FIRST PLACE Sejah Farm, Cruzan Shepherd Pie
The Sweet Fairy, Bread Fruit Almond Drink with Bread Fruit Pecan Cake
SECOND PLACE Ridge to Reef Farm, Vegan Coconut Jackfruit Breadnut ‘Cheesecake’, AKA Crucian Dreamcake
THIRD PLACE Camisha’s, Fresh Conch chowder w/ Johnny Cake
VEGETARIAN
FIRST PLACE Ridge to Reef Farm, Vegan Barbacoa Jackfruit Choy Roll
SECOND PLACE Shanti Shawa Vital Ital Experience, Baked Vegan Mac & Almond Cheese with Seitan & Sweet Peas
THIRD PLACE St. Croix Central High School Culinary Arts Class, Veggie Fried Rice w/ Fresh Herb Chili, Asparagus, Tofu & Mushroom Kabob & Fried Bean Ball w/ Herb Garden Salad
DESSERT
FIRST PLACE Sandy Toes Beach Shack, Local Honey and Orange Blossom Water Chocolate Ganache Wonton w/ Lemongrass Drawstring & local Mango and Papaya Drizzle
SECOND PLACE Chris Hideaway Sports Bar, Pistachio Cake & Breadfruit Flan
THIRD PLACE The Palms at Pelican Cove, Mango White Chocolate Mousse
BEVERAGE
FIRST PLACE Zion Modern Kitchen, The ZMK
SECOND PLACE Crucian Ice, Cruzan Mango Melee
THIRD PLACE The Sands Restaurant, Coconut Mint Lemonade
BEST PRESENTATION
FIRST PLACE La Reine Chicken Shack
HONORABLE MENTION Dashi
PEOPLE’S CHOICE Zion Modern Kitchen

 

Taste of St. Croix & VI Dept. of Agriculture | Farmer’s Market


A Taste of St. Croix &  the VI Department of Agriculture will host a special Farmers Market on Monday April 13. Restaurants and chefs can use their Taste vouchers on locally grown produce and meats! Also open to the public.

Famer's Market 2015 | Taste of St. Croix

NOW OPEN! A Taste of St. Croix 2015 Registration


Taste Registration Graphic 2015

 

REGISTERING EARLY ALLOWS YOU TO…

  • Request a prime location for maximum exposure of your business! We try to accommodate all booth location preferences, honoring requests based in order of registration. Restaurant/Caterer’s Booth with a hotel room “attached” is available– First Come First Serve!
  • Confirm your tickets to Taste! As a participant you will be given three tickets for staffing your booth. Plus, up to two additional tickets can be purchased at half price ($47.50 ea).
  • Reserve your judging category! A maximum of 20 entries will be allowed in any given category in the judging competition. Lock your category reservation in today! (No advance notice of your dish is required.)

For more info contact Lilli at 340.719.7777 or via email at atasteofstcroix@yahoo.com.

‘A TASTE OF ST. CROIX INC’ & INNOVATIVE PRESENT SCHOOL AWARDS FOR NEW CULINARY TEAM


‘A TASTE OF ST. CROIX’ COMMITTEE, in partnership with INNOVATIVE, is pleased to announce the presentation of $2000 in awards to three St. Croix schools to help nurture student interest in the culinary industry. Four awards were presented to three schools as a prize for the final members of the 2014 St. Croix Culinary Juniors, one of A Taste of St. Croix Inc.’s current 365 Projects.

Each member of the St. Croix Culinary Juniors earned a $500 award that will serve to enhance their school’s cooking club, home economics class, and/or after-school program that emphasizes the skills necessary in the hospitality industry.  Recipients included: on behalf of Daralin Acevedo, Elena Christian Junior High School, Sevon Washington of St. Patrick’s School, and Jade Bryan and Rider Odom for Good Hope Country Day School.

The St. Croix Culinary Juniors is a team of four 7th and 8th graders who each wrote and submitted original recipes that were tested by Gary Klinefelter, the Executive Chef at The Buccaneer, in round one of a selection process for the team. In round two, they competed in a Kids “Top Chef” Cook Off in which they successfully passed blind identifications, answered cooking trivia questions, and then created a dish using local produce, spices, honey, and coconut oil. With training from Chef Gary, the Culinary Juniors helped build the menu for a Cork & Fork, an elite private dinner held at Estate Belvedere at the 2014 St. Croix Food and Wine Experience.

A Taste of St. Croix again will be recruiting 7th and 8th graders for new members of the 2015 team. For 2015, young people will again complete two rounds of a selection process, with the first requiring students to submit a recipe and the second a fun showcase of finalists’ talents at a mini Kids Iron Chef Cook Off at the Agricultural Fair. The team will then go on to mentor with executive chefs and participate in a Cork & Fork Dinner Event at the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience. Students interested in applying may visit: tasteofstcroix.com for the rules and entry form.

As a nonprofit organization, A Taste of St. CroiX, Inc.’s mission is to showcase the talent and potential of St. Croix’s hospitality industry through their 365 Projects, which foster partnerships, sponsor training and industry events, and build public awareness of the critical role that the service-industry fills in improving the socioeconomic future of St. Croix. Katherine Pugliese, co-founder of the Taste stated that, “With the recent attention of St. Croix’s internationally recognized culinary industry, A Taste of St. Croix believes it is more vital than ever that our community encourage the talent and interest young people have at an early age.” The St. Croix Culinary Juniors is a part of a growing vocational pipeline for young people interested in pursuing a career in the culinary industry that complements the work of its partners, the St. Croix Foundation, Innovative and the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) and others.

The St. Croix Culinary Juniors is A Taste of St. Croix’s newest 365 Project and is sponsored by Innovative Communications.

For more information GO TO WWW.TASTEOFSTCROIX.COM OR EMAIL: ATASTEOFSTCROIX@YAHOO.COM.