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READY, SET, TASTE!

EXTRAVAGANT “COOKING IN PARADISE” FESTIVAL KICKS OFF
A YEAR’S WORTH OF CULINARY EVENTS AT
JADE MOUNTAIN AND ANSE CHASTANET, SAINT LUCIA

Soufriere, Saint Lucia, March 7, 2017… With its panoramic views of the Piton Mountains, sumptuous open-walled sanctuaries and soft sand beaches, Jade Mountain Club was designed, first and foremost, to appeal to all five senses. The annual Cooking in Paradise Festival, March 22 - 26, is an homage to the sense of taste: During this five-day culinary exploration, guests are invited to cook, hike, harvest, shake cocktails, make personalized chocolate bars and taste (and taste and taste)—all while being pampered in an utterly unforgettable setting.

Along with Allen Susser, the resort’s James Beard award-winning chef, owners Karolin and Nick Troubetzkoy have handcrafted the itinerary to showcase the resort’s most intriguing ingredients and experiences.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the deliciousness that awaits this spring:

  • During a morning tour of the 600-acre Emerald Estate, located in the Soufriere hills, visitors see, firsthand, what the phrase “farm-to-table” means. They’ll explore the farm that produces the vanilla beans, bay leaf, nutmeg, cinnamon, and numerous varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs all used daily in the resort’s kitchen. After the tour, Chef Susser will teach a cooking class focused on fresh ingredients.
     
  • At Jade Mountain, where there is a reserve of 1,000 cacao trees and small-batch chocolate bars are crafted on site, chocolate is a way of life. Several events during the festival are focused on this beloved sweet treat. Guests can learn the basics of the resort’s bean-to-bar production at an introductory tasting class, make their own candy and fudge during a hands-on session at the Chocolate Laboratory (be prepared to get messy!) and learn why a complex red wine pairs perfectly with a high-quality chocolate bar.
     
  • It wouldn’t be a Caribbean culinary festival without tasty drinks to liven things up, so there will be two over-the-top cocktail parties: One at Anse Chastanet with an array of rum punches, the other at Jade Mountain featuring the aptly named “Stairway to Heaven,” a heady concoction flavored with nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, and cloves. At the beach bar mixology class, guests can learn how to make spiced mojitos, piña coladas, Coco Doos or any drink on the menu that they’ve happened to fall in love with on vacation. 
     
  • The dinners will be as inventive and varied as St. Lucia itself. The eight-course “Spoonful of Paradise” dinner, hosted by the Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine, will elevate each dish into a work of art, while “Gout de France” will feature plenty of French culinary inspiration. There’s also a casual beach party, a vegetarian Creole meal built around fresh produce and a fusion dinner blending St. Lucian and Indian flavors (think curries and grilled tandoori meats).

Cooking in Paradise is a chance to explore St. Lucia’s varied cuisine, which encompasses traditional local dishes, modern interpretations by trendsetting chefs and beach bar favorites. Get ready to awaken your creative spirit and come home with recipes and tricks that bring a bit of Jade Mountain into your kitchen (talk about an incredible souvenir!).

Can’t make the inaugural March event? Jade Mountain presents three additional culinary festivals in summer and fall.

MONTH OF THE MANGO, June 27—July 2: Chef Susser, the author of The Great Mango Book, an authoritative mango cookbook, will lead this celebration of St. Lucia’s luscious tropical delicacy. Special events will include a “mad mango” cocktail party, cooking and chutney-making classes, a five-course mango-themed dinner and a mixology class devoted to rum drinks.

SPICES OF THE CARIBBEAN, October 17—22 Spices of the Caribbean: Spices are the foundation of Caribbean cuisine, imbuing it with that unmistakable island flavor palette. This week, guests will have the chance to sip piquant cocktails seasoned with nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and cloves; tour the newly planted spice garden at the organic Emerald Estate; and take a beachside cooking class using the Tandoor, a clay oven that’s ideal for heavily seasoned meat and vegetables.

DISCOVER CHOCOLATE, December 5—10: How many ways can you eat, drink and play with chocolate during a week? This event—now an annual island favorite—will challenge you to find out. Highlights include a chocolate-themed cocktail party, a pod-picking tour of the resort’s cacao estate, a make-your-own truffle workshop, a chocolate-and-wine pairing session and a breakfast-in-bed meal featuring (what else?) chocolate croissants and chocolate French toast.

More information can be found http://www.jademountain.com/cuisine/culinary_events.html

In addition to the yearly festivals, Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy once again offer their much-anticipated Weekly Culinary Calendar, including a series of master classes, walking/sampling tours and a chocolate-making workshop – all led by the savvy experts from the Jade staff

Rising majestically above a private 600-acre estate with 2 beaches, Jade Mountain is an architectural marvel celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. The 24 open-walled sanctuaries are grand sweeping spaces each with an extravagantly sized private infinity pool floating out into nature and to amazing views. Jade Mountain and its sister property, Anse Chastanet enjoy one of the Caribbean’s most scenic settings, nestled in a 600-acre estate with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs. Jade Mountain was recently voted "Best Caribbean Resort" by 10Best, one of USA Today's travel web sites, and its restaurant was also also named one of the Top 10 Caribbean Restaurants. Both hotels have been named among the world’s top Caribbean hotels by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. 
   
                             
Visit: www.jademountain.com, www.ansechastanet.com

For more information or to book your trip, please contact 800-223-1108 or email jademountain@ansechastanet.com

For press information contact Morano Public Relations, martha@moranopr.com, 212-860-5566
 


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