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Annual St. Croix Food & Wine Experience Slated for April 12-17

Since its inception, and now in its tenth year, A Taste of St. Croix has grown from a single event to a week-long series of feastivities now known as the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience. Each year, the events showcase St. Croix’s fine culinary talents and expose it to the worldwide community through increased publicity and media spotlights. The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience was named one on the “Ten Best International Food and Wine Festivals in the World” by Forbes Travel for 2009. These events attract movers and shakers in the community, business leaders, and sophisticated as well as novice food and wine connoisseurs. Last year, more than 1,500 guests enjoyed the week of events.

Renowned wine experts and celebrated chefs will participate in the annual feast on St. Croix from April 13-17. The island will welcome an impressive group of experts, including Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, Shauna Rosenblum of Rock Wall Wine Company, Kent Rosenblum of Rosenblum Cellars, Tom Hedges of Hedges Estate Vineyard as well as celebrated chefs Tim Love, Kevin Rathbun, Gabriel Rucker and Roberto Trevino. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 27, at Premiere Wine and Spirits in Christiansted, Sunshine Mall in Frederiksted, Urban Threads on St. Thomas, and Starfish Gourmet Wine and Cheeses on St. John. Restaurant dinners can also be booked directly with the restaurants. Patron packages to attend events every night can be purchased in advance through the St. Croix Foundation.
The weekshowcases the diverse cuisine and wine available on St. Croix. The multi-day event includes gourmet dinners, wine seminars and the annual culinary competition, A Taste of St. Croix, Wine & Dine Walks, and Wine in the Warehouse.
A preview of events for the 2010 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience includes:
o The Homecoming at Tutto Bene – Chefs of the past return to St. Croix to team together and create a memorable dining experience. The homecoming is a five- course wine dinner. Date: April 13. Location: Tutto Bene.
o Galleon Dinner – This fine dinner features master winemaker Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, Tom Hedges of Hedges Estate Vineyard, Kent Rosenblum of Rosenblum Cellars and Shauna Rosenblum of Rock Wall Wine Company. Together, these acclaimed wine makers will pair wines with gourmet cuisine. Date: April 13. Location: The Galleon.
o Iron Chefs vs. Island Chefs – “Iron Chef” contestants Kevin Rathbun, Tim Love and Roberto Trevino will compete against local chefs Leslie Gumbs of St. Thomas, who won the competition last year, Mathayom "Mat" Varachat of St. John and Chef Elverette Carty of St. Thomas in an amusing test of international culinary skills from a blind taste-testing to cracking open a coconut. Date: April 14. Location: Eat@Cane Bay at Cane Bay Beach.
o The rebellious and generous Gabriel Rucker of Portland, Oregon will guest chef at Salud Bistro to create the Whole Hog dinner which features spectacular pork influenced recipes from appetizers to drinks (Yes, drinks!). Date: April 14. Location: Salud Bistro.
o A Taste of St. Croix, the event that started the entire series of culinary feastivities, will once again be held along the seashore at Divi Carina Bay Resort. With more than 50 restaurants, 20 wineries and 1,000 guests, this is the culinary event of the year. Date: April 15. Location: Divi Carina Bay Resort.
o After the feast and fun at A Taste of St. Croix, event guests can dance the night away at the Moet Disco at the Starlight Room overlooking the Caribbean Sea at the Divi Carina Bay Resort. Date: April 15. Divi Carina Bay Resort.
o Culinary greats Tim Love, Kevin Rathbun, Gabriel Rucker, Roberto Trevino will be paired with top wine experts at the Cork & Fork dinners, intimate dining events that occur in fabulous, often historic homes of St. Croix. Date: April 16. Multiple locations.
o Wine Seminars will be held at the beachfront hotel The Palms. Four wine seminars are offered and taught by leading wine experts. New in 2010 is a drinks demonstration offered by Diageo. Date: April 14. Location: The Palms.
o Wine-and-Dine Walks will be held in both towns on island, offering gourmet bites and wine tastings at multiple restaurants. Date: April 16. Location: Christiansted and Frederiksted.
o Wine in the Warehouse culminates the week’s events in a wine distributor’s warehouse. This red carpet event includes wine tastings, gourmet bites prepared by island chefs, live music and a festive atmosphere. Date: April 17. Location: Leeward Islands Warehouse.
For more information, visit www.StCroixFoodandWine.com.
Vinophiles and foodies wanting access to all events can purchase packages that include two tickets to an event each night. Sponsorship packages are also available. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or ticket packages, contact Roger Dewey or Sara Zuckerman at the St. Croix Foundation at 773-9898.
About the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience and The St. Croix Foundation
The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, named one on the Ten Best International Food and Wine Festivals by Forbes Travel,showcases the diverse cuisine and wine available on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The multi-day event includes gourmet dinners, wine seminars, the annual culinary competition, A Taste of St. Croix, wine and dine restaurant walks, and Wine in the Warehouse. The event benefits the St. Croix Foundation, a non-profit community foundation that has developed a number of initiatives that address serious problems in our community in the areas of community revitalization, economic development, youth programs, public health and safety, and education. The culinary event has raised more than $750,000 for The St. Croix Foundation over the past nine years. For more information, visit www.stxfoundation.org.
The event was started in 2001 by restaurant owners Katherine Pugliese of Eat@CaneBay and Kelly Odom of Tutto Bene, and is recognized as the preeminent food and wine event in the Caribbean. Collin Hodge of Massive Productions provides event management. For more information, visit www.stcroixfoodandwine.com or www.tasteofstcroix.com.
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