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Celebrating 20 glorious years of The Brasserie!

Posted by on 18th June 2018

DSC 3915  Celebrating 20 glorious years of The Brasserie!

It was a night to remember.

The Brasserie’s 20th Anniversary celebrations made all the more memorable with the reunion of seven past and present Brasserie chefs (a complete list of the chefs is below), who once again, entered the Restaurant’s kitchen to prepare a magnificent five-course wine-paired Gala Dinner.

Our latest exciting edition to Cricket Square, The Caboose, was the setting for the opening cocktail party. As the sun set on the weekend, guests enjoyed our mixologist’s refreshing cocktail concoction of Ilegal Joven Mezcal, Local Bilimbi Shrub, Lemon and Soda accompanied by a selection of mouthwatering canapés including Local Land Crab Arancini, Seared Wahoo with green mango, Smoked Brisket Molote and Rainbow Runner Ceviche prepared by Chef Arte and Chef Thomas. All the while learning about the Brasserie Bee Program established by beekeeper Efrain Alarcon, who brought his display hive along to give people a unique insight into the inside of a bee hive.

Jokes were not spared as each chef introduced their dish for the evening and reminisced on their time spent at The Brasserie, for some, nearly a decade ago.

Guests bypassed The Brasserie’s organic garden en route to the Restaurant, and seeing firsthand, the farm-to-table produce that made up a large percentage of our exclusive Anniversary menu.

The kitchen worked meticulously as the first course, created by Chef Pushkar of Scotch Bonnet Pepper Cheese Naan with gooseberry chutney, Breadfruit & Sweet Potato Chaat with yogurt, tamarind and mint and Pani Puri with roasted garden beets and green juice, was plated. The smell of freshly baked naan bread wafted from the kitchen as guests wet their appetites with carefully selected wine from Maresa, Spain.

Chef Joe made the most of Cayman’s locally caught snapper. His dish was topped off with slow stewed garden tomatoes, scotch bonnet and crispy potato, accompanied with a French Les Heritiers du Comte LAFON wine.

The Niman Ranch Pork Belly, cooked perfectly by Chef Greg, melted in the mouth and made the tastebuds dance thanks to its accompanying ingredients of The Brasserie’s suriname cherries, apple, a selection of edible flowers and herbs and burnt honey. The third course was washed down with a Capiaux ‘Chimera’ Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast in California.

The degustation continued with Chef Brad’s Sousvide Beef Tenderloin & Braised Beef Short Rib with fresh and flavoursome callaloo, sweet potato and seasoning peppers from The Brasserie garden, and a rich Australian Shiraz.

There’s always room for dessert, especially when it is Valrhona Chocolate Royale! The fifth and final course of our Anniversary Dinner was accompanied with housemade passionfruit cremeaux and coconut sorbet using the drupe from the Flowers family’s coconut plantation. The caramel flavours from the Mendoza dessert wine capped off a fun and happy evening of food, laughter and memories.

Thank you to all the chefs, the camaraderie of our hardworking Brasserie staff, and you, our loyal customers, for helping us to mark this incredible milestone. Here’s to the next 20 glorious years of The Brasserie!

A short biography of each chef is provided below. Please visit The Brasserie’s You Tube channel to view the 20th Anniversary video.


Dean Max, Consultant Chef

Chef Dean Max is Owner of DJM Restaurants. He has achieved multiple James Beard nominations for Best Chef, crowned King of American Seafood in 2010, wrote a cookbook called “A Life by the Sea,” and holds many restaurant accolades.

Artemio Lopez, Chef de Cuisine 2017 – Present

Chef Artemio Lopez’s experience expands more than 20 years in eight different countries. From France to Kosovo, Arte assisted setting up the first Mexican restaurant in Pristina. He worked at Casa Alfonso in Spain at the time the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star.

Thomas Tennant, Brasserie Chef de Cuisine 2016 – 2017

Chef Thomas Tennant graduated from the University of Delaware in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. In 2016, Thomas joined The Brasserie and now spearheads the menu at Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz in the Bahamas.

Joe Mizzoni, Brasserie Chef de Cuisine 2013 – 2014

Chef Joe Mizzoni was Executive Sous Chef in the DJM Inc. flagship restaurant, 3030 Ocean. Joe opened Stubborn Seed in Miami with Chef Jeremy Ford in 2017. The venue was awarded Best Restaurant in Miami and 4 stars in the Miami Herald within the first eight months.

Niven Patel, Brasserie Chef de Cuisine 2012 – 2013

Chef Niven Patel was recently voted Best Chef in Miami. Niven oversees two locations of Ghee Indian Kitchen and has turned his home farm, known as ”Rancho Patel”, into the main source of ingredients for his restaurants.

Brad Phillips, Brasserie Chef de Cuisine 2010 – 2012

Chef Brad Phillips studied a business degree from the University of Toledo and a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America. Prior to joining the Avocado Grill family, Brad worked at Chef Dean’s 3030 Ocean, Latitude 41 in Columbus and Asador in Dallas.

Pushkar Marathe, Brasserie Chef de Cuisine 2010 – 2012

Chef Pushkar Marathe is currently Executive Chef/Partner at Ghee Indian Kitchen, recently awarded Best New Restaurant with friend Niven Patel. He has worked all over the world, including Chef Dean’s 3030 Ocean, the James Republic in Long Beach and Ritz Carlton in Qatar.

Greg Vassos, Brasserie Chef de Cuisine 2006 – 2008

Greg has worked in some of the best kitchens worldwide including with Sergi Arola of Arola, Bruno Menard of the Dining Room, Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin and, of course, The Brasserie. Greg is now Partner and Executive Chef at Brick Farm Tavern in Hopewell, New Jersey.


Posted by on 4th June 2018

dan gold 668116 unsplash  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Lemon

What drink is insanely inexpensive to make, keeps skin glowing, aids in digestion, can help you lose weight and is packed with vitamin C?

Lemon water!

Lemon juice’s atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach. This means that it can trick the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.

The acids found in lemon juice also encourage your body to process the good stuff in foods more slowly. This drawn-out absorption means insulin levels remain steady and you get more nutrients out of the foods you consume. Better nutrient absorption means less bloating. Lemon water benefits the enzyme functions in your body, stimulating the liver and flushing out toxins. Because it’s a mild diuretic, you might find yourself using the bathroom more often, helping the urinary tract get rid of any unwanted elements. All of this helps detox body and skin.

Since your body doesn’t make vitamin C on its own, it’s important to get enough of it from the foods and drinks you ingest. Luckily, lemons are chock-full of the vitamin.

What are the benefits of getting enough vitamin C? It stimulates white blood cell production, vital for your immune system to function properly. As an antioxidant, vitamin C also protects cells from oxidative damage. Plus, getting enough vitamin C helps the immune system keep colds and flu at bay. Drinking lemon water daily ensures your body gets a sizable amount of vitamin C daily.

The antioxidants found in vitamin C do double duty in lemon water. They fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin looking fresh. Getting enough vitamin C from your lemon water also keeps the body producing collagen, essential in smoothing out lines in the face. And, in one recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regularly consuming vitamin C led to younger-looking skin and less wrinkles.

Skip the morning cup of coffee — lemon water can boost energy levels without the caffeine crash. Our bodies get energy from the atoms and molecules in foods. When negative-charged ions, like those found in lemons, enter your digestive tract, the result is an increase in energy levels au naturel.

Additionally, just the scent of a lemon has been found to reduce stress levels and improve moods. Don’t forget to offer a glass to grumpy co-workers or family members.

Enjoy this week’s $5 “Star Burst’ juiced special at Juiced @ The Wicket, knowing that it contains that nutritional squeeze of lemon juice.

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THE PITCH: June in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st June 2018

An incredible milestone is recognised this month as we come together to celebrate 20 glorious years of The Brasserie.

20th Anniversary Gala Dinner

THE BRASSERIE — Can you name The Brasserie’s past chefs over our 20 years in operation? Remember Brad, Niven, Greg, Joe, Pushkar and Thomas? Come and say hi to all our amazing chefs, past and present, who have helped The Brasserie become a culinary fixture in Cayman at our 20th Anniversary Gala. You know they’ll be trying to outdo each other! Celebrations start at 6pm on Sunday 17 June. The perfect once-in-a-lifetime Father’s Day gift. Tickets are CI$200 excl. grats. Call 945-1815 or email.

Kids Culinary Summer 2018

THE BRASSERIE — Summer vacation is the time to reconnect and relax with family, to recreate favourite childhood memories and to make new ones together. This summer we are excited to announce that The Brasserie will be offering fortnightly interactive farm-to-table culinary tours for children in June and July! Our Chef de Cuisine and Head Gardener will offer tours with the children around the organic vegetable garden, show them the fresh catch when it comes in from the boats and collect eggs from the on-site chooks. Call 945-1815 or email to book.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 28 June

THE BRASSERIE — Rosé wines are not about chick appeal; they are chic in their own right. They are more than a simple apéritif, being excellent food partners; for alfresco dining, summer picnics and BBQ’s. Discover the craft of making rosé and its many refreshing qualities. Who says that summer has to end? Join us to see the world through pink-tinted lenses! Enjoy four wines paired with delicious canapés. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945-1815.

FIFA World Cup live at the Wicket Bar

WICKET BAR — Who’s ready for the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting Thursday 14 June? Enjoy all the live action from Russia, right here, at the Wicket Bar while savouring our thirst-quenching Juiced @ menu or craft beer on tap. Click here for the match schedule and don’t miss a second of the action! Take a break from work and make the most of our live coverage of the FIFA World Cup.

FREE juice at Juiced @ The Wicket

WICKET BAR — Buy 10 juices or smoothies from our delicious menuand get one FREE. Collect your Juiced @ card from Sharon at The Wicket and reward yourself with a healthy and delicious treat from our extensive menu that incorporates the freshest seasonal produce on island. In a hurry? Call 927 6419 and order ahead. And don’t forget Happy Hour is every Friday, 5pm.

Flowers Sea Swim: 16 June 2018

SEVEN MILE BEACH — The Flowers Sea Swim swims into its 26th year and is the world’s richest open water event with over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Last event’s race boasted over 1000 registrants. Participants vary in age from 8 to 80 years old and in skill from novices and first-timers to gold medal Olympians. This fun event welcomes swimmers from all strokes of life! Register here.

Get summer ready with ENERGY Intensity

ENERGY — Get ready for summer with the ultimate HIIT workout! ENERGY Intensity will blast your body with High Intensity Interval Training and then stretch and strengthen it with flexibility and core work. Join coach, Emiley, this month on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:15-7:00am. Book your four extra bonus ENERGY group fitness classes here. Twelve amazing workouts for only $199! Space is limited so register early to save your spot in this new ENERGY experience!

Restaurant annual closing for August

THE BRASSERIE — The Brasserie Restaurant will close on Tuesday 31 July (Happy Hour prices all day!) and reopen on Monday 3 September. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that you will continue to come and visit us at the Market, the Caboose, Juiced @ The Wicket and Happy Hour on Fridays at the Wicket Bar. These venues will be staying open during the month of August.

THE PITCH: May in Cricket Square

Posted by on 2nd May 2018

Get ready for an action-packed May at Cricket Square, filled with colour, costumes, and of course, good food and wine.

Cinco de Mayo at Cricket Square

THE BRASSERIE — Who’s ready to fiesta this Friday? Grab your sombrero and maracas as Mexico’s favourite day to party is here! Join us at the Wicket Bar as we celebrate with tasty soft-shell tacos, locally-inspired margaritas, Brasserie Purveyors’ craft beers, piñatas full of goodies and DJ. Entry is FREE. Purchase $2 food and beverage tickets at The Market or at the gate on the day.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 24 May

THE BRASSERIE — Pool-float party? Glamping brunch? Canned wine sales have more than quadrupled since 2015 in a quest to “beerify” wine and drink with “pinkies down”. Find out why cans are great news for fresh, drink-it-while-it’s-young kind of wines, perfect for those endless hot summer beach days in Cayman. Enjoy four wines paired with delicious canapés. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945 1815.

Mother’s Day gifts available at the Market

THE MARKET — To celebrate your mum, thank her for all that that she has done and show her how much you love her, pop by The Market for beautiful and unique gifts that will bring a smile to her face. We have a huge range of hand-selected artisanal wines through Brasserie Purveyors, delicious baked goods, jars of Brasserie Honey and gift cards available from 7-11 May. Email us to place your order.

Juiced @ The Wicket weekly specials

WICKET BAR — Enjoy our $5 Juiced @ The Wicket specials each week using local seasonal ingredients in our nourishing, nutritious, energising and refreshing concoctions that will make you and your wallet feel good. Our specials don’t feature on the regular Juiced @ menu, so make the most of this sweet opportunity. Call 927 6419 to order ahead.

Champions League live at the Wicket

WICKET BAR — Are you a big football fan? We’ve got you covered at the Wicket Bar. Don’t miss the UEFA Champions League semi-final action this week. Both games kick off at 1:45pm today and tomorrow. On Thursday 3 May, watch the Europa League Football semi-finals starting at 2pm. Enjoy all the games live at the Wicket while savouring our thirst-quenching Juiced @ menu or craft beer on tap. Click on the links above for game schedules and don’t miss a second of the action!

Get your ENERGY Total Body Class Pass

ENERGY — Who’s pumped? For the months of May and June, ENERGY is offering an unlimited class pass option for just CI$325 per person, all inclusive. Enjoy seven weeks of exclusive studio access to Group Pilates, Barre, Yoga, TRX, Core Cardio Circuit, ENERGY X-Training and ENERGY Lunch Express Classes. Sign up here.

Flowers Sea Swim: 16 June 2018

SEVEN MILE BEACH — The Flowers Sea Swim swims into its 26th year and is the world’s richest open water event with over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Last event’s race boasted over 1000 registrants. Participants vary in age from 8 to 80 years old and in skill from novices and first-timers to gold medal Olympians. This fun event welcomes swimmers from all strokes of life! Register here.


Posted by on 30th April 2018

yaniv knobel 590649 unsplash  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Nopal

Not sure what to do with cactus pads?

It might not look it, but this prickly pear cacti is not only edible, but delicious and good for you as well. In last week’s ‘Today’s Harvest’ episode we discussed how to grow nopales. This week, it’s all about the health benefits of eating this vegetable that has a consistency somewhere between green beans and green peppers.

Native to Mexico and Central America, the nopal contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals including riboflavin, vitamin B6, copper, iron, fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K, calcium, potassium, magnesium and manganese. Nopal is also an important source of certain organic compounds like phytochemicals and certain polysaccharides that contribute to its health-boosting power.

Nopales are a form of cacti, so they are very fibrous. Dietary fibre is essential in the digestive process as it adds bulk to the bowel movements, which makes it easier for them to pass through the smooth muscles of the digestive tract. Furthermore, excess fibre in the body can actively reduce the amount of cholesterol, thereby protecting your heart health as well.

The phytochemical and antioxidant characteristics of nopales make them a good defensive mechanism against premature aging symptoms, like wrinkles and age spots. The free radicals left after cellular metabolism can impact the skin and by eating nopales, you can keep your skin looking healthy and young.

The variety of phytochemicals, flavonoid compounds, vitamin C and other antioxidants found in nopales make it extremely beneficial for the entire immune system, particularly when it comes to various cancers. Antioxidants are beneficial compounds that seek out free radicals and eliminate them before they mutate the DNA of healthy cells into cancerous cells.

One of the most important aspects of nopales in terms of health is their mineral and vitamin content. Nopales contain thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and and vitamin B6, all of which are vital components of cellular metabolism that regulate the enzyme activity throughout the body. A healthy organ system and hormonal balance help in losing weight easily, promoting healthy muscle gain and toning the entire body.

The mineral content of this powerful cactus leaf includes a modest level of calcium, which is an essential part of building strong bones and repairing bones after being damaged.

This plant also contains magnesium, which is a useful mineral for inducing sleep in people suffering from insomnia, chronic anxiety or restlessness. It induces the release of serotonin in the body, which results in increased melatonin levels. It also has a slightly sedative effect, which reduces nerve function and calms the body, helping you fall asleep.

The juice from the leaves of nopales has anti-inflammatory effects on various body parts, including symptoms associated with arthritis, joint pain and muscle strain. Apply the juice topically to the affected area, or consume the vegetable itself to enjoy the benefits.

Make a salad, add it to your stir-fry or omelette. However you decide to cook and eat your nopal pads, just make sure to remove the thorns first!