Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 11th 2013 Contents Trinidad and Tobago will stage its first restaurant
week next month.
The brainchild of Shira Mohammed, owner of Bee's
Marketing and Events Company Ltd, the Trinidad and To-
bago Restaurant Week was inspired by a similar event in
Jamaica. Mohammed teamed up with Stephanie Scott,
founder of the Jamaica Restaurant Week, who came to
T&T and deemed the market ripe for such a culinary ad-
dition to the events calendar.
Mohammed said the creative rights were bought from
Scott for the local version, which will borrow from the
Jamaican blueprint albeit in a much smaller scale.
"Theirs is in the eighth year so they have a lot going
one. This is our first year so we are starting small with
dinner only. Next year we will introduce lunch menus. We
have also limited the amount of restaurants we are using
too. This year it's only 30 and they are all premium
restaurants with menus over $120," she told Metro.
Mohammed said the response from the restaurant
community has been good with many agreeing to partici-
pate for varying reasons such as using the opportunity
to introduce new menus, promoting slow-moving items
or getting new customers into their restaurants to taste
the food at affordable prices.
Al the restaurants involved will slash their prices by 30
percent for the ten days the Restaurant Week will run.
Among the 45 restaurants that will be involved in
TTRW are: Chaud, Apsara, La Cantina, Hakka, Chop
Chops, La Cantina, Magdalena Grand, Half Blue Moon
and Flair. AMCO will be the beverages sponsor for the
Trinidad and Tobago Restaurant Week runs from No-
vember 8 to 17. For more information and updates visit
Facebook at Trinidad & Tobago Restaurant Week.
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The Cayman Islands will be hosting its first ever
Cocktail Week later this month. This signals that
cocktail culture is beginning to take root in the
Caribbean and it is events such as this that would
certainly fuel the growth of cocktails in this region.
Can't say we are surprised that the Cayman Is-
lands is taking the lead in this area. After all they
were one of only two Caribbean Islands to have a
bartender at the finals of the Diageo Reserve Global
Bartending Final. Trinidad and Tobago was the other
but Cayman Islands' Simon Crompton of Agua
Restaurant made it all the way to the finals placing
11th in the world. No small feat for a first time en-
trant, considering the level of competition at that
event. We were there and it is clear that Latin Amer-
ica and the Caribbean are fast closing the gap when
it comes to the level of skill and showmanship in this
Sarah Howard, a wine sales associate at Jacques
Scott Wine & Spirits, the host of Cayman Cocktail
Week, told Guzzle that the cocktail scene is thriving
in the Cayman Islands.
"Cayman's culinary scene is one of the best in the
Caribbean, and we boast some of the finest restau-
rants. The Cocktail scene is a bit behind, but it is
gaining momentum quickly! Many of our bartenders
are using fresh, local ingredients in their cocktails
(mango, watermelon, star fruit, guava, etc). You can
also find many classic cocktails on the menus, and
also reinterpretations of Caribbean favorites like the
Rum Punch," she said in an email correspondence.
The aim of Cayman Cocktail Week is to grow the
cocktail culture by inspiring, educating and uniting
the island's cocktail lovers. From October 24 to 31,
there will be an array of cocktail parties, culinary
events, tastings and seminars aimed at both novices
and experienced professionals.
Some of the country's top restaurants will be par-
ticipating in Cocktail Week and have created themed
events complement the many signature cocktails
that will be offered during Cocktail Week. There will
be a Punch Bowl party to celebrate the re-emer-
gence of the Punch, a Gatsby party which is no
doubt a throwback to the Speakeasy days, a Black
and White Movie event that will see five courses
paired with movie-inspired cocktails and a Patron
Tequila cooking class among many others.
The Cayman Cocktail Week runs from October 24 to 31.
For more information visit their Facebook page or Website.
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