by Tuere Randall
Aside from being one of the most beautiful resort destinations in the world (the view of the Pitons from the property is breathtaking), Jade Mountain also hosts a series of culinary events that has been putting the spotlight on St. Lucia and the Caribbean around and about the gourmet food scene.
Below is a list of their upcoming events, directly from their website.
Mango Madness Festival, June 15 – 18, 2012
Mango Madness or 1001 Things You Could Do To A Mango Before You Die has been brought to life by JADE MOUNTAIN consulting Chef Allen Susser and his team, celebrating the many varieties of mangos available in St Lucia. Allen Susser who is the author of a Mango cookbook and the definite authority on mangos, will host the event personally. The activities include a mango chutney work shop, mango cocktail party, Mango tasting and demonstration Mango Madness cooking class- the highlight being the “Night of 1000 Mangos” dinner at the Jade Mountain Club. Participants in the Mango Madness will join in mango field trips to the resort owned organic and historical plantations of Anse Mamin and Emerald. The farewell event will include a Mango Champagne Brunch served on the beach at Anse Mamin estate.
Drenched in exotic beauty and erupting with flavor Jade Mountain nourishes both the body and soul. It’s “Jade Cuisine” created by James Beard award winner,Chef Allen Susser, is a brave new world of tropical flavors. His cuisine is exotic and delicious, with a history of fusion it its fabric.
A cover charge of US 250 can be added to any existing Jade Mountain reservation. A three night stay at JADE MOUNTAIN including Mango Madness events and all meals and beverages start from US 2079 per person in double occupancy in a sky jacuzzi suite and US 2699 per person in double occupancy in a star infinity pool sanctuary. For more information or to book your Mango Madness trip, please contact 800-223-1108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Jade Cuisine is a celebration of the bold flavors of the world’s tropical cultures in my kitchen at Jade Mountain”, says Chef Allen. “The cooking is fresh, simple and succinct. There is always flexibility for the seasons, and availability of local product. As a chef my passion is taste. The bottom line here is that food comes to nature and the nature of taste.” Allen Susser personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 upon opening his groundbreaking Miami restaurant Chef Allen’s. The New York Times called Allen the “Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking”. Chef Allen’s new New World Cuisine is fresh and flavorful, like a tropical vacation on a plate. His vision of what the future holds is a culinary fusion of cultures that share similar landscapes, tropical ingredients and diverse spice boxes.
Allen is currently the spokesman for the National Mango Board, and serves as President of the Miami, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. He is a prestigious James Beard Award winner and received an honorary Doctorate of Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. Allen was Chef of the Year for Share Our Strength for his community involvement to End Childhood Hunger, as well as currently active on the Board of the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Early arrival option:
Guided expedition to reservoir 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
- In-depth Mango Chutney work shop
- Picnic and grilled lunch
Mango cocktail party 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Mangotini, Mango Mojito,
- Interactive Mango station
- Mango finger foods and tastes
Morning Mango tasting and demonstration cooking class 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Viewing and sampling 10 varieties of St Lucian Mangos
- Chef Allen’s Mango Madness Cooking class
Dinner: Night of 1000 mangos at Jade Mountain 7:00 pm
Mango Brunch on the Beach at Anse Mamin 9:00 am – 11:00 am
- Champagne Mango cocktail & water taxi ride
- Buffet Brunch with hot and cold mango treats
- A guided walk through the Anse Mamin plantation
Spices of the Caribbean, September 7 – 10, 2012
We look to spices to capture the flavors of faraway places. Specific combinations of herbs, spices, and flavorings characterize the great dishes of the world’s cuisines. These mixtures are influenced by the foodstuffs native to each region, being distinctive by the climate, architecture of the land and local culture. Every culture has its own set of traditions about how to cook.
By reaching into our spice box, the foods, cooking and specific dishes become immensely diverse. The individual characteristic flavor, mingled with the smell and taste evokes our culinary imagination. It is the taste that ultimately defines the ethnic definition.
There was a time in history that spices where so precious that they where locked away. Let’s let loose the wonders of spice together.
“Spicy” cocktail party 6:00-7:00 pm
- Tropical Fruit and exotic spiced cocktails
- Interactive spice station
- Local, seasonal and sustainable spicy finger foods and tastes
- Morning Tour of Emerald Gardens and demonstration cooking class 9:00- 12:00
- Soufriere local town market tour- Viewing of St Lucia’s exotic market basket
- Walking and tasting tour of our own Organic Garden at Emerald Estate including a Chef Allen’s cooking class “spices of the Caribbean” including Lunch on the porch
Dinner: An exotic, Spicy dinner at Jade Mountain 7:00pm
A five-course dinner spectacular Seasonal and Sustainable Menu using local grown and exotic spices matched with wines
Jade Mountain’s Chocolate Festival, December 13 – 16, 2012
“Jade Mountain Estate Chocolate”
A hand on interactive experience in the world of cacao and chocolate
Theobroma cacao ( Theo= gods, broma = foods)
Chocolate is known as the food of the gods.
Our annual chocolate festival is one of a kind. It will only bring you closer to understand and experience the alchemy of chocolate. It is a delicious, interactive and exotic introduction to the world’s favorite aphrodisiac – chocolate. Cacao has a history in St Lucia that dates back to the 1700′s. Our Cacao trees, over 1000 strong, are established in both Anse Mamin Plantation and in Emerald Estate. We have been harvesting and producing cacao beans for generations. Now you can be one of the first to taste our premier vintage of our Jade Mountain Estate Grown chocolate.
Friday in Jade Mountain Club
“Chocolat-tini” party 6:30-7:30 pm
Be our guest and join our world famous Consulting Chef Allen Susser as he shares his talents and passion for chocolate with you. Take pleasure in a complimentary chocolate martini. Taste local, seasonal chocolate inspired finger foods that are both savory and delicious.
Following dinner you can choose from our exotic chocolate desserts including a lush Double Dark Chocolate Fondue that must be shared to enjoy its true aphrodisiac pleasures.
Morning Tour of Nick Troubetzkoy’s Emerald Estate Cacao Plantation
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join our engaging walking and tasting tour of our own Cocoa Plantation and Organic Garden at Emerald Estate. The Cacao tree bears its leaves flowers, and fruit simultaneously throughout the year. The Cacao pods are shaped like large oval melons, saffron yellow or red in color and a wonderful sight to enjoy. Learn about the alchemy of chocolate from pod to truffle in a unique workshop led by Chef Allen. We will continue with a refreshing picnic lunch on the porch of the farm house on Nick Troubetzkoy’s Emerald Estate.
Why stop at food and drink Luxuriate in a Chocolate Delight
Luxury at its Sweetest. Chocolate – what a treat to experience it on your body! The cocoa bean which grows here in Soufriere has long been touted for breaking down harmful free-radicals and now Jade Mountain has taken the cocoa treatment to new exotic heights! Revitalize your skin with anti-oxidant properties while indulging your sense for sweetness with this delightful chocolate experience. Decadently warm then cooling chocolate is applied in layers, stimulating endorphins in the body and adding minerals to the skin to awaken your senses and bringing them into pure harmony. The chocolate caresses your skin while you relax, leaving you looking fresh and feeling revitalized. (optional inclusion: 1 hour $150.00 U.S.)
Dinner: An exotic, ALL – Chocolate dinner at Jade Mountain Club
This surprising specially prepared five-course dinner is spectacular with a Seasonal and Sustainable Menu using chocolate in each course. This creative dinner will change your mind about chocolate forever. With chocolate as inspiration, as spice, as flavor and texture. The dinner can be accompanied with a pairing from our wine cellar to match each course.
“Chocolate” Breakfast in Bed
Breakfast is served in bed: Let us treat you to a very exotic breakfast in bed. You will want to savor this experience with the one you love in the privacy of your sanctuary. You choose the time (from sunrise on) we will handle the rest.