April 20, 2017
Dear Slow Food members and supporters,
The annual Slow Food trek to Joel Walton's Plantation Organic Gardens will take place on Saturday April 29th.
As is custom, the event will start at 5 pm with a guided tour of Joel's garden. A cocktail reception and wine tasting will follow from 6 pm until 6:45, after which we'll sit for dinner.
This year, three talented female chefs will provide the food - Sara Mair-Doak of Smokies; Britta Bush of Saucha Conscious Living; and Jolene Nelson of Nyamaste.
Sara will do a meat dish (with sides); Britta will do a vegan dish (with sides) and Jolene will do a fish dish (with sides). Each chef will also serve a canapé and a small soup dish. The latter component will represent Slow Food South Sound's participation in Slow Food International's first "Disco Soup Day" on April 29th. Disco soup is made with a kaleidoscope of leftover restaurant ingredients and the event is meant to support reducing food waste by reminding people that most leftover food ingredients can be imaginatively reused.
Although there will be table seating for everyone, food and drink will be served at stations around the property.
There will be a special guest speaker from Niman Ranch. He will speak about the kind of sustainable livestock farming practiced by his company.
Drinks will be provided by Cayman Spirit Company, which will provide the welcome cocktail and hosta a pre-dinner wine tasting. It will also provide a selection of six different wines during the dinner.
Tickets for the event are CI $115 for Slow Food members, CI $130 for non-members.
I hope to see many of you there!
-Alan Markoff, Slow Food South Sound
Let's just start by saying that we are extremely excited to be participating in Slow Food's Annual "Out Standing in the Garden" Event, hosted by Joel Walton at his beautiful farm and home, Plantation Organic Gardens. I have spent many of Sunday afternoons walking around these grounds, learning about the different techniques used in cultivating the delicious offerings, and also being introduced to the plethora of types of fruits and vegetables in the Cayman Islands. Over 200 varieties of mangos alone! And Joel is constantly pushing the limits of what is possible here by trialling coveted cacao and coffee here, successfully. i
I first met Alan Markoff, of Slow Food South Sound, in 2010, when I was still just a newbie at brewing kombucha, and was there to introduce the Slow Food-ies in Cayman to its healthy goodness. The Brasserie was co-hosting the event and at the time had a manager and executive chef that hailed from Ohio. Just so happens that Britta and Alan do also... for those that know OH-IO.. once a buckeye, always a buckeye.
It's very exciting to be participating in this event now as an established chef and business. After preparing dishes for events like the Cayman Cookout, Slow Food Day, and Feed Our Future's Island Roast, I am thoroughly enjoying working on a brand-new menu item. I'm facing a tough critic by getting some of my recipe testing feedback from 18 month old Jonah.