Cookbook Announced for 2011 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience

Cookbook includes Recipes from Celebrity Chefs and Island Chefs 

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands – February 2011 – In addition to a stellar roster of celebrity chefs and events for the 2011 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, the event also announces the release of St. Croix Food & Wine Experience: A Culinary Guide to the Island Featuring Recipes from Island and Celebrity Chefs. In addition to culinary delights, the book will include a wine guide and an island guide. The book will be available on island on March 26, the day tickets to the events go on sale, and during the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, which is will be held April 10-16, 2011. The 120-page, four-color cookbook can be pre-ordered now on

The more than 100 recipes included in the cookbook are by celebrity chefs and island chefs. Celebrity chefs contributors include Govind Armstrong, Michael Ferraro, Betty Fraser, Anita Lo, Tim Love, Kevin Rathbun, Gabriel Rucker, Liza Shaw, Ana Sortun, Roberto Trevino, and Just Desserts judge and DailyCandy editor Dannielle Kyrillos.  Island chef contributors include Elvet Carty of Harvey’s, Jill Dedinsky of Café Fresco, Patrick Gribbin of Starfish Patisserie, Leslie Gumbs of Theo’s, Patrick James, Angela Morales of Villa Morales, Negust Kaza of Tutto Bene, Lance Lowman of RumRunners, Burton Peterson of Top Class Catering, Frank Pugliese of Eat@CaneBay, Joseph Stiles of Salud Bistro, Mat Vacharat of St. John Catering, and many more.

The cookbook features a wine guide, island guide and six culinary sections:  beverages, appetizers, entrees, vegetarian, soups and stews and desserts. The wine guide, which smartly pairs wines with tropical dishes, was written by sommelier and restaurant owner Katherine Pugliese, who has lived on St. Croix for more than 20 years and is one of the founders of the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience. St. Croix native and editor Steve Bennett wrote the island guide which is divided into four sections and provides historical and current information on culture, food, music and rum. The cookbook was compiled and published by Jane Watkins, a native of St. Croix who handles the media and chef relations for the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience. For more information visit

Three Female Chefs named in Saveur magazine’s “Top 100” will be at the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience April 10-16, 2011

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands – January 2011 – Anita Lo, Ana Sortun and Liza Shaw, three of the chefs listed in Saveur magazine’s “Top 100″ in its January/February 2011 issue, are participating in the 2011 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience. In addition to being guest judges for A Taste of St. Croix, the island-wide culinary competition, they will each prepare a fundraising dinner at elegant island homes and host a cooking seminar. The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience is April 10-16, 2011.

“We wanted to feature female chefs this year as women play such a critical role in the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, on the island and in the non-profit programs that benefit from the fundraising efforts,” said Katherine Pugliese, co-founder of the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, “We invited Anita, Ana and Liza because they are great women, business leaders and amazing chefs. They are role models for youth and aspiring entrepreneurs on the island and represent the pride we have in the women of the US Virgin Islands who make a difference every day.”

The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience started in 2001 when two female restaurant owners, Kelly Odom and Katherine Pugliese founded A Taste of St. Croix. The events of the week raise funds for The St. Croix Foundation, which is led by Ms. Deanna James. In 2011, in addition to hosting celebrity female chefs, the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience will honor three female leaders of the island. “When you stop and take a look at the impact one person can make, it is impressive. We want to recognize people in the community each year for the difference they make,” said Pugliese.

The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience welcomes nominations of women who have made a positive impact in the community.  To nominate a person, submit their name, contact information and a description on how they make a difference to Khnuma Simmonds ( at The St. Croix Foundation.

Tickets to the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience go on sale in March 2011 and will be available Hotel packages including tickets are available now. Patrons wanting guaranteed access to all events can become sponsors. For more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact Sara Zuckerman at 340-773-9898 or visit