Devour! The Beach excited “foodies,” both tourist and local alike, during the three day event in Green Turtle Cay that started March 26. Devour!, best described as an ocean-side wine and food extravaganza, paired hungry guests with five famous chefs along with a knowledgeable Master of Wine.
Dinners, lunches, wine tastings and special culinary events kept the party going at the Green Turtle Club, where Devour! was held.
The events that were planned for the event were the Welcome Reception, “Great Wines of Italy,” “Kitchen North America,” “Which Wine with Your Fish,” “Jean Joho French Classic,” Chefs on a Beach: Coco Bay Beach Party,” and a film screening under the stars.
Each food and wine paring was exciting and delicious. For example, some dishes from “Kitchen North America,” included avocado leaf-crusted tuna with candied jalapeno tropical fruit marmalade. This was served with a 2011 La Monacesca, Verdicchio di matelica Riserva DOCG ‘Mirum.’
The servings were made even more special and mouthwatering by having the chefs that prepared them come out before each serving and describe in detail what was in the dish and how it was prepared. Master of Wine, Michael Palij, also took great pride and enjoyment in sharing details about the wines that were being served.
The Green turtle Club was also running special, nightly room deals to encourage visitors to stay after the meals and parties ended each day.
Molly McIntosh, Sales Manager at the Green Turtle Club, said about the event, “We were thrilled with DEVOUR The Beach! I felt it was very well received by the community and the tourists that were here. The food was so different and so excellent and the education on wine that we all got was amazing! I am certain that next year’s even will be even better and with more time to plan, advertise, and with experience under our belt, that we can offer even more and get more sponsors to chime in and have this be an annual event that brings in business for all of Abaco.
“I feel that part of the charm is having it held on Green Turtle Cay, even though it is a little bit of a challenge to get here if you are not staying here, it makes the event more special, being off the beaten path and in this exotic locale.”
The chefs participating were: Jean Joho (trained in the kitchens of France, Italy and Switzeland; Chef Joho was awarded Restaurateur of the Year by Gayot); Michael Blackie (27 years of experience cooking on three continents, Chef Blackie founded Nextfood.Ca in Canada); Tom Fleming (owner and Executive Chef at Crossroads Diner in Dallas, Texas, Chef Fleming pursues comfort food and creating every dish from scratch with as many local ingredients as possible); Craig Finn (owns Chives Canadian Bistro in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which has won numerous prestigious awards, Chef Finn is the author of several cookbooks); Eric Williams (Executive Chef and owner of Momocho Mod Mex, El Carnicero Tamaleria, Jack Flaps and the Happy Dog Restaurants located in Cleveland, Ohio. Chef Williams was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for “Best Chef-Great Lakes Region.”)
The Master of Wine was Michael Palij. Mr. Palij provided an excellent and diverse selection of wines throughout the event while providing insightful commentary on the origins and flavours of the wines.
Chef Michael Howell is the Executive Chef at the green Turtle Club Resort & Marina and was instrumental in organizing this culinary event.