Interactive Eats - Cayman Islands
Cayman's thriving culinary scene isn't limited to feasting on fine food. A host of local businesses are turning dining out into an experiential adventure, where foodies can learn new skills, interact with chefs and sample some surprising pairings.
Words by Natasha Were.
Culinary emporium Bon Vivant hosts regular cooking classes for both adults and kids. Pull up a pew in the slick demonstration kitchen, sip a glass of wine (or two) and learn from the pros. Delve into the world of Asian cuisine, learn to bake and decorate your favourite cake, produce a perfect pizza, or prepare Caymanian favourites using seasonal ingredients. Getting hands on is optional, but eating the end result is a must.
For a dining experience with a difference, step into the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman’s private culinary studio. Available for groups of ten or more, it’s a chance to learn how to prepare, cook and plate some of the resort’s signature dishes - before savouring every mouthful. The resort’s executive chefs will instil in you the knowledge and confidence to produce five star dishes to impress your friends and family at home.
For a special event to remember, hand over the cooking reins to Cayman’s star catering company. From birthdays to weddings, seasonal parties or corporate events, Mise en Place has the culinary skill and logistical expertise to pull off a seamless event. For a more intimate, personalised gathering, hire a personal chef who will come to your home or villa and cook, serve and clean up afterwards, so that you need do nothing but sit back and enjoy the occasion.
The Anchor & Den is a foodie’s adventure playground, hosting an ever-changing series of innovative culinary events guaranteed to tickle taste buds. Belly up to the burger and beer bar, wander the street food stalls at the night market, gather your buddies for the buzzing Sunday brunch or savour flavours from around the world, without leaving your seat at the interactive counter.
With organic edible gardens, fruit trees, a chicken coop, their own fishing boats and a clutch of bee hives, the Brasserie leads the way in farm-to-table dining in Cayman. Harvest Dinners, held outdoors under the stars, make the most of home-grown produce in high season and wine tastings paired with seasonal bites are a monthly highlight. Cooking classes led by the restaurant’s chefs are also highly acclaimed.
Retailer of fine wines, beers and spirits, Blackbeard’s, regularly teams up with restaurants on island to offer themed evenings and wine tasting dinners. Whether you want to pair wines with multiple courses at the annual Taste of Cayman Winemaker’s Dinner, feast on finger-licking Jim Beam-marinated ribs at Bourbon night or get your sparkle on with Champagne specials at the Moet et Chandon Grand Day, there’s bound to be an event you can’t resist.
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