St. Croix Food & Wine Experience was inspired by the world-class culinary event that shares its name—offering a weeklong series of fun and interactive culinary experiences that draws celebrity chefs and culinary travelers from all over the world to our small corner of the Caribbean. The event also raises money to support local non-profit organizations, providing a nice boost to the Crucian community.
As with the event, St. Croix is undoubtedly the star of the book, but Jane made sure the island had a strong supporting cast, lining up former Top Chef and Iron Chef contestants, as well as James Beard and A Taste of St. Croix award-winners to supply the recipes. Celebrity chef contributors include Govind Armstrong, Anita Lo, Tim Love, Kevin Rathbun, Ana Sortun and Roberto Treviño, all of whom have participated in the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience event over the years.
More than a dozen St. Croix chefs and bartenders are featured in the book as well, including Uncommon Caribbean’s very own mixologist, Jesse Card, whose coconut Mojito recipe from our Friday Happy Hour post is one of my favorite things in the whole book!
There’s a lot more to discover and enjoy in the 120 pages that comprise the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, including a decidedly uncommon dish featuring sea urchin, and a recipe for something called Pig Foot Cake! For the less adventurous, there are such tasty treats as Mango Rum Pulled Pork, Paella de Couscous and a Lime and Coconut Ceviche that looks and sounds amazing. The book also features vegetarian recipes, desserts, cocktails and a great guide to enjoying wine in the tropics penned by Katherine Pugliese, who you might remember as the owner of Eat@Cane Bay.
by Jane Watkins (Author, Editor), Katherine Pugliese (Author, Editor), Steve Bennett (Author, Editor), Ted Davis (Author, Illustrator), Kelly Greer (Illustrator), Marjo Aho (Illustrator), Sam Dike (Illustrator), Steven Nilisson (Illustrator), Stephany Lee (Illustrator)