Barbados, the culinary capital of the Caribbean, is bringing its vibrant culture, local influence and signature cuisine to New York City this June at the annual Caribbean Week celebration. From Monday, June 1 to Friday, June 5, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) will immerse the northeast region in the island’s rich culture with a selection of cooking demonstrations, a mixology showcase featuring award-winning rums and news from its exciting calendar of events for 2015.
Renowned Barbadian Chefs Michael Harrison and Andre Nurse, and mixologist Jamaal Bowen will create this inside look at the culinary capital’s epicurean offerings.
Hailing from Cobblers Cove hotel, Chef Michael Harrison will showcase his Michelin starred restaurant experience, combining fresh ingredients, Bajan recipes and a modern touch. A veteran of the annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, and team captain of Barbados National Culinary Arts Team, Chef Andre Nurse will prepare traditional Caribbean fare with a new wave Bajan twist. The delicious dishes will be paired with island inspired cocktails, served by award-winning Sandy Lane resident mixologist Jamaal Bowen.
“The epicurean scene is one where we excel and besides an outstanding cadre of extremely talented chefs, we also offer a wide variety of choice of different eating establishments. Barbados’ highly-acclaimed Food & Wine and Rum Festival brings all that together and you can have a taste of that experience with these special offerings prepared by Chef Harrison and Chef Nurse,” said Petra Roach, BTMI, Director, USA. “The festival is entering its sixth year, and keeps getting stronger and with the introduction of JetBlue’s Mint service from JFK as well as a new direct service from Boston, Barbados now has more airlift options than ever before.”
The schedule for cooking and mixology demonstrations is as follows:
Wednesday, June 3:
· Cooking demonstration at Bloomingdales on 59th Street with Chef Michael Harrison from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
· Chef Andre Nurse and Mixologist Jamaal Bowen will be featured at Norman’s Cay Restaurant offering a Barbadian-inspired Prix Fixe menu from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 4:
· Cooking demonstration at Bloomingdales in White Plains with Chef Andre Nurse from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The week’s most-celebrated event, Rum and Rhythm Benefit & Auction, takes place on Friday, June 5th from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and is a favorite among Caribbean lovers. Held at the exclusive TriBeCa 360, Barbados’ top chefs will showcase their skills by preparing authentic cuisine, such as flying fish and cou-cou, along with pairings of the island’s celebrated rums and featured cocktails. The pulsating rhythms and vibrant cultures unite for a memorable evening that promises to be the highlight of the social calendar.
JetBlue’s acclaimed flatbed service, Mint, will begin operation to Barbados this November along with its continued expansion in the region with the addition of seasonal weekly service from Boston’s Logan International Airport, now more than ever jetsetters seeking a sunny retreat will find premium lift options readily available to whisk them away to the sun-drenched island.