The event was held at venue The Kitchen NYC and was prepared by Chef Niven Patel of The Brasserie located in the gorgeous Cayman Islands. Supremely talented, Chef Nivan sourced the freshest ingredients possible for the evening locally in NYC. And trust me, you could certainly taste it!
Five delicious courses were served throughout the evening. Here is a breakdown of each:
The first course was fresh clams BLT, smoked bacon, heirloom tomato, charred ciabattta. It is actually an amazing winter, comfort food dish and I could have eaten SO much more of it!
Course Two was a simple farmers salad, made with organic beats, goat cheese, red spinach (they would normally use callaloo in this dish) tossed with a Cayman citrus vinaigrette.
The Third course was a day boat striped bass, gnocchi (my fave!), tat soi, romano beans and Caribbean stone crab butter. Soooo good!
The Fourth course was actually my favorite. Chef Nevin prepared a 38 day dry aged strip steak and paired it with squash, wild greens, mushrooms and a scotch bonnet pepper jelly. Since I am of Jamaican descent, I grew up eating dishes made using scotch bonnet peppers and it gives the dish an almost sweet, but spicy taste. I wish I had the recipe for this one!
Finally, the meal ended with dessert, which was Jonagold apple, almond strudel and coconut ice cream. The dish was completed by a drizzle of honey on top, found right here at the NYC Highline! The dish was light, with so much flavor and not too sweet. The perfect finish to a perfect meal.
Seven Fathoms, the drink was a combination of rum, ginger ale and bitter served over ice. Rum can be daunting for me sometimes, in that it can be pretty strong, but this was the perfect mix. I literally felt as though I had been transported to the Caribbean.
What I enjoyed most about the experience was the freshness of the ingredients and the order of each dish. It made sense and each course complimented the next.
The great news is that JetBlue will start flying out of JFK starting November 15th, which means I need to plan a quick getaway myself soon!
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