Memories Grand Bahama wins best overall at Culinary Fusion Expo for a second time
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Nov 13, 2015 - 12:00:58 PM
The Winning Team! Back Row L to R: Osward Walker, Garde Manger; Rohan McDonald, Garde Manger; Damion Myers, Executive Chef.CCC; Denise Adderley, Bahamas Director of Sales & Marketing-Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts; Gabriel Varela, General Manager; Kimberley McIntosh, Sales/Groups Coordinator; Devin E. Johnson, Director Food and Beverage; Tomarge Wilmott, Sous Chef
Bottom Row L to R: Charles Brown, Cook; Rashad Saunders, Cook; Juan Valdes, Community Manager and Sally Gaskins, Executive Pastry Chef (Photo: David Mackey - TheBahamasWeekly.com/ Mackey Media Ltd)
Freeport, The Bahamas - The 3rd annual Culinary Fusion Food & Beverage Expo took place on November 7th in Grand Bahama Island, and for the second consecutive year, Memories Grand Bahama Beach & Casino Resort took Best Overall and Best Presentation.
“We are indeed proud of our entire Culinary Team and their hard work and dedication; their creativity and talent has surpassed even last year's vision,” said Denise Adderley, Bahamas Director of Sales & Marketing for Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts responsible for all sales & promotions at Memories Grand Bahama Beach and Casino Resort.
She further explained, “Led by our master minds, Damion Myers, Executive Chef CCC, and Devin Johnson, Director of Food and Beverage, the team brought the best of gourmet Bahamian cuisine, infused with indigenous and authentic ingredients all displayed in a beautifully decorated and transformed space which created a local festive “Backyard Party,” yet elegant and sophisticated theme and feel.”
The sumptuous fare featured Deep Water Cay Conch Burger Sliders; Cedar Pinewood Smoked Fence line yard Chicken Dogs; North Andros Land Crab Cigars; Conch, Whelks & Curb Salad with Fresh Ginger and Cilantro in Sugar Cane Cup; Home Cured Nassau Grouper w/pineapple rum & allspice on sweet potato pannie cake; Local Root Vegetable Chip Station: Cassava; Beetroot; Plantain; Yucca; Breadfruit; Dipping Sauces: Pineapple Chutney, Mango-Mustard Relish, Tamarind Reduction, Guava Ketchup, Sour Orange-Roast Garlic-Goat Pepper Aiol. Crawfish Salsa, Avocado-Callaloo Dip.
Seen in the top right photo from left to right is: Gabriel Varela, General Manager; Damion Myers, Executive Chef, CCC; Kimberley McIntosh, Sales/Groups Coordinator; Osward Walker, Garde Manger; Denise Adderley, Bahamas Director of Sales & Marketing-Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts; Rohan McDonald, Garde Manger; Devin Johnson, Director of Food and Beverage
“We used indigenous products and creative unique food and beverages to
meet our modern times," said Devin Johnson, Director of Food &
Beverage. "It was a learning experience for all team members who were
grateful for the opportunity and felt honoured to be selected.”
For desserts there was Seagrape-infused fritters (hung on a clothes line); Gin and Coconut Jelly with Sapodilla Brandy Snap (in mini spoons); and Steam Guava Dumpling with Myers Rum Sauce (in mini crock pots).
“The event definitely has grown, and was a huge success," said Damion
Myers, Executive Chef, CCC. "And as with last year, our establishment was
presented in a grand way and we were well received. We have once again, created some
popularity among the local clients.”
Winners of Best Presentation and Best Overall for "Backyard Party" -- Seen top left is Gabriel Varela, General Manager with Denise Adderley, Bahamas Director of Sales & Marketing for Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts.
The Memories Mixologists served up the following beverages: Memories Soursop Soda – “Well Mudda Sick” Label; Carrot-Spiced Punch with a splash of home-fermented Guava Berry Rum; and Yellow Bird with an Island Fever Twist.
"The Culinary Fusion Expo is an excellent event that highlights the best that Grand Bahama's food and beverage industry has to offer," said Gabriel
Varela, General Manager. "At Memories, we strive to provide a unique taste experience to our visitors. This win shows we are meeting our mark. I am extremely proud of our team."
One of the desserts featured was Seagrape-infused fritters hung on a clothes line
Memories Grand Bahama Beach and Casino Resort is the
perfect vacation escape for couples, families and groups seeking some
genuine time away together. Enjoy
sumptuous gourmet dining at many of the upscale restaurants, featuring
buffet-style and a la carte options, with thoughtful details such as a
unique children’s buffet area and European-style café. Refreshments are
always nearby at several themed bars stocked with international and
local liquors. Treat yourself to a variety of first-class amenities,
extended room service, and non-stop activities. Retreat to luxurious
air-conditioned rooms and suites, grab a tasty cocktail at the bar,
learn new skills with a cooking class, or try your luck at the on-site
casino. Whatever you choose to do, Memories Grand Bahama Beach and
Casino Resort promises you a vacation that is truly unforgettable.
For bookings and reservations, please contact your travel agent or visit www.memoriesresorts.com
The Memories Mixologists served up the following beverages: Memories Soursop Soda – “Well Mudda Sick” Label (seen here); Carrot-Spiced Punch with a splash of home-fermented Guava Berry Rum; and Yellow Bird with an Island Fever Twist.
2 years running, Best Overall and Best Presentation
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