Taste of St. Croix 2011 Winners

Special Thanks & Congratulations to ALL of our Winners & Participants!


1st Beachside Café at Sandcastle on the Beach

2nd The Galleon

3rd Bacchus


1st Tavern 1844

2nd The Galleon

3rd Duggan’s Reef


1st Tie Sweetface Chocolate /  Starfish Patisserie

2nd Jaccar Organic and Natural Sorbets

3rd Tie- The Bistro  / Schooner Bay Marketplace


1st The Palms at Pelican Cove

2nd Dashi

3rd Shanti Shawa Vital Ital Experience

Local Fare

1st Rowdy Joe’s Northshore Eatery

2nd Annie’s Catering

3rd USVI Hotel and Tourism Association Culinary Team


1st St. Croix Central High School After School Cooking Class

2nd Rowdy Joe’s Northshore Eatery

3rd Shanti Shawa Vital Ital Experience


1st St. Croix Libation Society

2nd Carambola Golf Club

3rd Empress Fresh Foods

Best Presentation

Lori’s Blue Water Terrace

Honorable Mention: Annie’s Catering

People’s Choice Award


Runner up: Tutto Bene

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 Amazon.com.

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 UncommonCaribbean.com 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 www.WatkinsPR.com.