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

2010 Taste of St. Croix Winners

Congratulations to the 2010 Taste of St. Croix Winners!

Best Appetizer:
1st Place: Blue Moon
2nd Place: Dashi
3rd Place: Bacchus

Best Entree:
1st Place: Salud Bistro
2nd Place: Galangal
3rd Place: Galleon

Best Soup & Stew:
1st Place: Elizabeth’s at H20
2nd Place: Bacchus
3rd Place: Shanti Shawi Vital Ital Experience

Best Dessert:
1st Place: Dashi
2nd Place: Ales & Others
3rd Place: Mama Ptah’s Cuisine

Best Local Fare:
1st Place: Corrine’s Food Service
2nd Place: Eat at Cane Bay
3rd Place: J & W Grocery

Best Beverage:
1st Place: Country Snack Star
2nd Place: Le’Khaime Health Food Store
3rd Place: Empress Fresh Foods

Best Vegetarian:
1st Place: Top Class Catering
2nd Place: South Shore Cafe
3rd Place: Tutto Bene

Best Presentation
Winner:  Dashi
Runner Up: Tutto Bene