#TurksandCaicos, May 24, 2018 – Providenciales – The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association’s (TCHTA) annual Taste of Tapas culinary showcase sold out last week as supporters came to dine on an array of delectable bites from the island’s leading restaurants and chefs.
Hosted by the award-winning Shore Club on Long Bay Beach, the Friday night extravaganza was all glitz and glam as food enthusiasts came together to raise over $24,000 for Team TCI to travel to Miami, Florida this summer to compete in the annual Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition.
“We are overwhelmed by the support that we receive each year for Taste of Tapas and the TCI Culinary Team,” said Chief Executive Officer of the TCHTA, Stacy Cox, in her welcome remarks at the event. “This year’s event was sold out. This goes to show the amount of support we are getting from the community as we prepare to compete and represent the Turks & Caicos Islands at the Taste of the Caribbean.”
A product of the TCI Hospitality Adventure’s Lit’l Chefs Camp, the annual Taste of Tapas event has grown tremendously each year, drawing hundreds of supporters which has aided Team TCI in delivering several winning titles for the destination.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” Cox noted, “The commitment and drive to win and put TCI on the culinary map amazes me year after year. The training the team endures leading up to the competition including this year’s Taste of Tapas has truly paid off and has allowed Team TCI to stand proudly alongside veteran teams across the Caribbean.”
Spearheaded by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Taste of the Caribbean is an annual event that highlights the art of Caribbean cooking as it brings together top chefs and bartenders from the region to compete for honours in a variety of food and beverage competitions. This year Team TCI will be led by Executive Chef Edwin Gallardo of Seven Stars Resort and will feature Joseph Charles, Wilkiens Martin, Derrick Carter, Christin Greene, Aristotle Florida, Vadivel Raju and Lit’l Chefs Inga Stubbs and Kevin Missick, supported by Executive Chefs Colin Watson and Lauren Callighen.
At Friday’s event supporters heard remarks from Her Excellency Deputy Governor, the Honorable Anya Williams, who expressed her gratitude to the Hotel and Tourism Association for their continuous efforts, and for creating new avenues to showcase the destination.
Supporters were entertained by the contestants of “Perform on Point”, a high school American Idol-styled competition, whose five finalists have toured the islands over the last two weeks showcasing their talents and earning votes that will aid in purchasing instruments for music classrooms across all schools in Turks & Caicos. Event goers were also regaled with the stylings of Sir Maurice Clarke, whose soothing sounds of saxophone and flute set the mood for all to enjoy.
“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our hosts, The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach, the participating restaurants, our silent auction donors, and to the young contestants of Perform-On-Point for entertaining us throughout the event. Most of all, thank you to all of the supporters that came out and helped to make the night amazing.” the CEO said.
The auction tables were also a big hit at the event as supporters bid for top prizes provided by Royal West Indies, Beach Enclave, Frenz Deck , Villa del Mar, VIP Flyers Club – Fast Track Departure Service, COMO Parrot Cay, Windsong, The Sands, Sailrock, CAYA Hico Media, Bianca Sands and Beaches.
Amanyara, Beaches, Parrot Cay, Sail Rock, Infiniti Restaurant, Kalookis, Parallel 23, Seven, Stelle, Sui-Ren and The Pavilion were this year’s participants.
Cox is encouraging supporters to mark their calendars for the upcoming “Taste of Team TCI” which is scheduled for July 20th at the Seven Stars Resort & Spa, where individuals can experience the team’s winning dishes upon their return.
For more information about the upcoming event, interested persons and organizations are encouraged to call the TCHTA office on 941-5787 or visit their social media pages.