The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is inviting the public to savor Caribbean cuisine at this year’s annual Taste of the Caribbean competition.
Sample the exciting combination of flavors of Caribbean cuisine at this year’s annual Taste of the Caribbean competition, June 20 – 24, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida, organized by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).
There are multiple taste testing opportunities as Caribbean culinary experts from 11 different teams converge in an all out food and beverage battle.
The four-day event commences with Taste of the Islands on Friday, June 22 from 7 – 9 pm. The event will take guests to the Caribbean with a variety of gourmet appetizers, a dessert and a rum-based island signature cocktail. Tickets are $35 per person.
On Saturday, June 23, you can attend a full schedule of Taste of the Caribbean events:
12 noon – 1:30 pm: International Caribbean Culinary Team Challenge (Lunch) – A three-course meal prepared for guests and paired with wine for $60 per person. Competing teams include Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Haiti and Jamaica.
1:30 – 6:30 pm: Bartender competition – rum & vodka – Sample the creations of 11 Caribbean bartenders as they prepare, shake and stir their Vodka creations for judging.
7:30 – 9:30 pm: International Caribbean Culinary Team Challenge (Dinner) – A three-course meal prepared for guests and paired with wine for $60 per person. Competing Teams include Anguilla, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and United States Virgin Islands.
Teams competing in the Taste of the Caribbean International Caribbean Culinary Team Challenge Luncheon and Dinner are given a “mystery basket” of ingredients (the provisions for the competition consisting of a meat, fish, poultry or game) which they must use to develop a three-course menu. The chefs have one hour to create and submit the menu and three hours to prepare and serve an appetizer, entrée and dessert for attendees at the luncheon or dinner.
Currently there are 11 registered teams hailing from Anguilla, The Islands Of The Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and United States Virgin Islands. The teams are vying for top honors including Caribbean Culinary Team of the Year, Caribbean Chef of the Year, Caribbean Pastry Chef of the Year, Caribbean Bartender of the Year and Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year.
This annual Caribbean food and beverage event is designed for culinary professionals to network, polish professional skills and cheer on colleagues in competition, before a large audience of industry peers and enthusiasts. Taste of the Caribbean also provides education through seminars, workshops, tastings and demonstrations, created to enhance performance, style and profitability in food and beverage operations.
Taste of the Caribbean also features a unique trade show which provides a one-stop forum for gathering practical information, sampling, purchasing, strengthening established supplier relationships and meeting new vendors who are on hand to help registrants build their food and beverage business as well as yield benefits for their bottom line.
For Taste of the Caribbean, CHTA has partnered with American Airlines and the Hyatt Regency Miami to bring discounted prices to guests planning to travel to the event. The Hyatt Regency Miami is offering rooms (plus tax and service) for $139 per night for bookings June 19 – 25, 2012, which can be booked online at http://miamiregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-miamiregency/index.jsp?null or by phone toll free at 1-800-233-1234 using group code G-CAHT before June 1.
American Airlines is offering event attendees a 10% discount for travel June 10 – 29, 2012 to Miami which can be booked at www.aa.com using promotion code 6262DA.
This year’s host sponsors include CHTA and MasterCard Worldwide, Team of the Year sponsor U.S. Dairy Export Council, Pastry Chef of the Year sponsor Albert Uster Imports, Sponsors Exposure4 and Interval International, Platinum Media Sponsor Welcome Channel Miami & The Beaches, Silver Media sponsor Miami Magazine and Caribbean Online Magazine and supporting sponsors American Airlines and Virgin Holidays.
For more information on the Taste of the Caribbean visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/events-taste/event-taste-about.php or contact CHTA at 305-443-3040.
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) facilitates the full potential of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry by serving members’ needs and building partnerships in a socially responsible and sustainable manner. Celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2012, CHTA is the voice of the Caribbean hospitality industry for the development of the region in the highly competitive and sophisticated environment of international tourism. Today, tourism is widely recognized as a pivotal industry in the economy of the region – and CHTA functions as the common denominator for this industry in a region of diverse nationalities, languages and styles, identifying mutual problems and marshalling the resources if the active and allied members to devise solutions. CHTA represents all facets of the hospitality industry with more than 725 member hotels and 375 allied members.
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