St. Croix Food & Wine Experience 2011 Event Schedule


Cuisine on the Green Golf Tournament at Carambola.

Start a day of golf on St. Croix at the fruit juice and Bloody Mary bar, then get golfing and eating. The event is a 2 person scramble played in foursomes. Food will be available throughout the course and prepared by visiting Chef Gary Klinefeiter of Pittsburgh, PA and fabulous chefs of our local restaurants. Beverages will be paired by Leeward Islands. Finish the day with an awards banquet complete with desserts. Spectator tickets available too!

10:30a.m. Tee time

Carambola Golf Course


Tutto Bene Gourmet Vintner Dinner. Food prepared by Chef Tiffany Derry of Texas and wine pairing by visiting winemaker, Rudy von Strasser. Also featuring a food and wine themed auction.


Tutto Bene Restaurant.

$375/pp or $750/couple (includes gratuity)

Food & Wine Educational Symposiums. A variety of educational classes to make us more food and wine savy.

11:00 – How Olive Oil is Made, presented by Cesare Bruni, Owner of Frantoio Montecchia

11:30 – The Health Benefits of Olive Oil, presented by Dr. Mary S. Elacqua, MD FACOG, Chairman of OBGYN and Women’s Health at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, New York

12:00 – Wine Blending Instruction with Audience Participation by Jennifer Halleck of Halleck Vineyards. Participants will all have a chance to make their own blends with actual wine from Jennifer’s tasting barrels.

$25pp to attend one or all

Organic Farm Seminar and Lunch at Ridge to Reef Farm: Three organic crops that can save St. Croix: Chris Kurth of Siena Farms in Massachusetts joins Nate Olive of Ridge to Reef Farm here on St. Croix as they do a walking discussion of organic farming and community supported agriculture programs (CSA). This educational seminar will conclude with lunch that includes these organic crops. Lunch prepared by local chefs, Angletta Pascal and Tahirah Abu-Bakr.

11:00a.m. Ridge to Reef Farm, formerly Creque Dam Farm $70pp (includes gratuity)

Food Fight! on the beach. A friendly chef competition at eat@canebay on the northshore.  Dannielle Kyrillos hosts the competition between  the Girls Team: Chefs Tiffany Derry, Liza Shaw and Jenifer Litwin and the Boys Team: Chefs Kevin Rathbun, Roberto Trevino and Leslie Gumbs. Will they have to make ceviche from fish they bring in from the ocean or wrestle a coconut out of its shell?



WEDNESDAY WINE DINNERS. Local restaurants, great chefs and delicious wine paired together to create a memorable dining experience.

Middle Eastern Dinner prepared by Chefs Bruno Moritz, Patrick ‘Yummy’ James and David Vargas and paired with wines by Fantasy Wines of Boston. Entertainment to include belly dancing and fire dancing.


Cultured Pelican Restaurant

$175pp including gratuity

Five course dinner at The Waves on the North Shore prepared by Chef Derrick Whiley and paired by visiting Argentinean vintners Cesar Bistue and his son Sebastian pouring wines from Bodega Atamisque. $150 (includes gratuity)


Waves at Cane Bay

$150 pp including gratuity

A Taste of St. Croix. A food and wine festival where restaurants are judged by celebrity chefs and special guests. Sample food from more than 50 local restaurants and wines from around the world.


Divi Carina Bay Resort

Taste After Party sponsored by Moet/Hennessey. Complete with champagne and a disco ball, guests dance the evening away with a fabulous party after a Taste of St. Croix.


Starlight Lounge, Divi Carina Bay Resort

$included with your Taste ticket


Cork & Fork Dinners. Intimate dinners prepared by celebrity chefs and paired with wines by visiting vintners in spectacular homes around the island.

Chef Anita Lo of New York with wines paired by Jennifer Halleck of Halleck Vineyards at Bella Sera, home of Larry and Peggy Meyer.

6:00p.m., $1000pp

Chef Ana Sortun of Boston with winemaker Michela Moretti of of Villa Cervia, Italy at Artfarm, home of the Gasperi family.

6:00p.m., $500

Chef Liza Shaw of San Francisco with wines paired by Lindy Novak of Spottswoode Winery at the historic home of Thia Tyler.

6:00p.m., $1000pp
City Krawl. A sophisticated restaurant-hop featuring gourmet samples of food and beverage pairing at Christiansted restaurants: Dashi, Bacchus and Tavern 1844


Meet at Dashi, wear comfortable shoes to walk between restaurants



Sunset BBQ sponsored by Banco Popular. Join us as we watch Sunset Jazz atop Fort Frederik while savoring a barbeque feast by visiting chefs Kevin Rathbun, Roberto Trevino and Michael Ferraro along side fantastic local chefs.


Fort Frederik, Frederiksted


Kids Cooking Classes.

Taught by women chefs catering to children 6-12 years old, expanding the culinary horizons of our youth and making cooking fun for the whole family. Parent or guardian must be present. $25 per child (one parent must be present)


Class #1: Healthy fun sweet treats with Dannielle Kyrillos, Ages: 6-10 years

Class #2: Chicken salad in a bag with Camisha Lynch, Ages: 6-10 years


Class #3: Mediterranean dip making with Liza Shaw, Ages: 8-12 years

Class #4: Summer spring rolling with Anita Lo, 10-12 years old

Wine in the Warehouse. A festive event featuring live music, food and the focus of the evening: fabulous wine tastings with some of the winemakers present. Stop by the Diageo VIP lounge area on your way in for a cocktail, put your shawl on to combat the cool air in the wine warehouse and raise a glass to the perfect end to a week full of food and wine. Wines available for sale too.


Leewards Islands Warehouse


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