Resort to Host 'Taste of Caribbean'

LAS CROABAS--El Conquistador Resort & Country Club will again host the Taste of the Caribbean food and beverage competition, sponsored by the Caribbean Culinary Foundation, a subsidiary of the Caribbean Hotel Association, from Oct. 3 to 8.

The third annual stand-alone conference is expected to attract more than 150 chefs representing various hotels and restaurants from 20 Caribbean destinations.

For the first time, the event, which once was reserved for industry representatives only, is open to the public and is commissionable at 10%.

The five-day Taste of the Caribbean event features seminars, tastings, workshops, luncheons and dinners prepared in the competition kitchens, a mini-trade show and product exhibits, receptions, folkloric events and a dinner-dance.

The highlight of the event is the competition for the annual Caribbean Food & Beverage Awards of Excellence. The awards are presented to the winners of the Caribbean National Team, Chef and Bartender. Celebrity chef Paul Bocuse will award a trip to France to the highest-scoring individual medalist.

A new feature this year is the Caribbean Invitational Challenge, an international cook-off at which chefs from outside the region create and present their interpretations of contemporary Caribbean cuisine from "mystery" baskets of indigenous ingredients.

Bill Moore, chairman of the event's steering committee, said that the conference package "represents exceptional value. The rate includes many of the events as well as accommodations for five nights, an afternoon tour and a tasting party at the Bacardi Rum Factory."

Package rates start at $1,495 per room, double, plus air. Group discounts on air fares are available through American Airlines.

Caribbean Hotel Association, Phone: (787)725-9139
Taste package, Phone: (212) 355-7034, E-mail: [email protected]

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