Simply put, Cayman Cookout 2013 is a weekend celebrating food, wine and the natural beauty of the Caribbean hosted by Chef Eric Ripert. It’s also an incomparable lineup of world famous chefs, wine experts and mixologists offering tastings, demonstrations, tours, and dinners celebrating the barefoot elegance that only the Cayman Islands can deliver.
Highlights I’m looking forward to include:
- A lunch with Anthony Bourdain on the Great Lawn of Grand Cayman’s Ritz-Carlton exploring Cayman’s culinary traditions including a menu of classic conch chowder, a fish fry, and Cayman-style Jerk accompanied by Caybrew and Seven Fathoms Rum.
- James Beard Outstanding Chef of 2012 Daniel Humm gets down to some Caribbean fun and shares his idea of the essential picnic basket for a day on Seven Mile Beach.
- And Cookout founder, Eric Ripert himself invites you to the quintessential island burger bash with assistance at the grill from “Top Chef’s” own burger maestro Spike Mendelsohn. The morning begins with a catamaran sail across North Sound with a stop for snorkeling & frolicking at Eric’s favorite place on Cayman: Stingray City. Then on to Rum Point for satisfying burgers of every iteration along with shallow waters, reaching docks, shaded shores, swinging hammocks, candy-coloured picnic tables, sparkling wine, cold Heineken and, of course, rum, courtesy of Tortuga.
Come join me January 17th-20th as I cover these heavenly experiences coupled with real down-to-earth Cayman cultural influences.