Trinidad & Tobago (May 15, 2007) – Patrons attending this year’s instalment of Taste T&T will be treated to a mouth-watering mosaic of aroma, texture and taste when the annual food festival ushers in “the most delicious weekend of the year” on May 26 and 27 at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Trinidad & Tobago’s premier culinary festival, Taste T&T features live cooking demonstrations, entertainment and exhibits of authentic indigenous street fare, local delicacies and gourmet fusion cuisine. Based on the concept of a tasting village, where fantastic fare is presented within a communal space, the festival allows patrons to savour local culinary fusions and exotic delicacies created by Trinidad & Tobago’s best cooks and chefs.
Now an anticipated event on the annual social calendar, Taste T&T 2007 will bring together 12 of Trinidad & Tobago’s established chefs and promising newcomers for two days of culinary artistry.
Chefs participating in this year’s events include Joseph Habar of Joseph’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Sharaz Mohammed of Botticelli’s, Mona Hadeed of Boomerang Caterers, Roy MacAskill representing Battimamzelle Restaurant, Moses Ruben of Mélange, Dean Johnson of Food Ecetera, Bernard Long of Bernard’s Gourmet Services, Raymond Joseph of Ithaki Restaurant, and Amit and Tara Raval of Amtar.
With 12 chefs in attendance, Taste T&T will present myriad exquisite fusions – from tender baked scallops tossed in a tamarind couli and served with Julie mango salsa to spice-glazed pork loin suffused with a guava rum reduction – sure to ignite your passion for good food and tempt even the most discriminating palate.
Chefs will be grouped into four, allowing you to purchase gourmet tickets for the quartet of your choice, at a cost of TT$200 per day.
Group A: Joseph’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Botticelli’s, Flambeau Restaurant
(Courtyard by Marriott) and The Lure
Group B: La Maravilla Restaurant (Chaconia Hotel), Boomerang, Battimamzelle Restaurant and Mélange
Group C: Food Ecetera, Bernard’s Gourmet Services, Ithaki Restaurant (Cascadia Hotel) and Amtar Caterers
For patrons interested in learning the chefs’ sumptuous secrets, the demonstration kitchen, headed by consultant chef Debra Sardinha-Metivier, has grown to accommodate seating for just over 100 people. A major part of the festival, the demonstration kitchen illustrates the food preparation process in an intimate atmosphere, which allows the public rare insight into the creative and technical methods of top chefs.
The demonstration kitchen will host seven sessions: four on Saturday and three on Sunday.
Saturday, May 26
• 7-7:30pm, chef Sheldon Ross, chicken “roti” soup
• 8-8:30pm, chef Johnny Chow, a Polynesian tasting
• 9-9:30pm, chef Dwayne Henderson, stuffed shrimp tempura spanakopita, fresh fruit cups, unfolding the mystery of stuffed crab backs
• 10-10:30pm, chef Raymond Joseph, curry seafood bisque
Sunday, May 27
• 7pm, chef Roy MacAskill, banoffi pie with honeycomb side and spun sugar caramel
• 8pm, chef Andre Rocke, plantain-crusted snapper fillet with a cucumber, papaya and mango salsa accompanied by grilled vegetable napoleon and sweet potato fries
• 10pm, chef Bernard Long, geera-crusted French trim rack of lamb with spicy tomato
Another highlight of Taste T&T is the Caribbean Village, which features tasty local cuisine and many opportunities for sampling and giveaways. This year the Caribbean Village will feature 12 booths serving delicious local cuisine, from spicy shark and bake to generous servings of roti (curried meat and vegetables wrapped in roasted flat bread), sweets and homemade ice cream.
General admission to Taste T&T is free to children under the age of 12 and adults before 8pm. After 8pm admission is TT$25 per adult. Tickets are available at the Tourism Development Company’s head office, Level 1, Maritime Centre, Barataria and IF House, 105 Tragarete Rd, Port of Spain.
For more information about the event and frequent updates, contact the Tourism Development Company Limited at (868) 675-7034.
For your FREE on-line Trinidad & Tobago travel guide, visit www.caribbean.com.
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