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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.

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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.

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.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Hemp seeds

Posted by on 3rd April 2018


Hemp hearts – the perfect nickname for the nutritious hemp seed with its mild, nutty flavour, that is technically a nut.

Hemp seeds contain over 30 per cent fat. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). This 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 may benefit skin diseases and provide relief from eczema and dry skin and reduce itchiness and potentially the need for skin medication.

Hemp seeds are also a great source of arginine and gamma-linolenic acid, which have been linked with a reduced risk of heart disease.

Hemp hearts are a great protein source, as more than 25 per cent of their total calories are from high-quality protein. That is considerably more than similar foods like chia seeds and flaxseeds, which provide about 16–18 per cent.

Rich in vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc, whole hemp seeds also contain high amounts of fibre, both soluble and insoluble, which benefits digestive health. De-hulled hemp seeds have had the fibre-rich shell removed, and therefore contain very little fibre.

Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, cooked or roasted. Hemp seed oil is also very healthy, and has been used as a food/medicine in China for at least 3,000 years.

Overall, hemp seeds are incredibly good for you. They might just be one of the few superfoods that are actually worthy of their reputation.

Pop over to Juiced @ The Wicket for our $5 ‘Hearty Hemp’ smoothie special this week and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about!

THE PITCH: April in Cricket Square

Posted by on 3rd April 2018

We hope you all had a very happy Easter as we celebrate Spring, Earth Day and a bountiful harvest in Cricket Square.

Celebrate Earth Day at The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — Bring your reusable travel mug to the Market on Friday 20 April and receive FREE drip coffee all day to celebrate Earth Day 2018. While you’re there, grab a bag of coffee grounds from our wheelbarrow to add to your garden soil. The coffee will release nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous to support plant growth.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 26 April

THE BRASSERIE — The Malbec grape variety is making a comeback and it’s coming from Mendoza, Argentina’s main wine-producing province. Argentina is also the only country in the world that produces the grape, Torrontés. The country’s 500-year-old wine industry has struggled for international recognition, until now. Join our April wine tasting to find out why. Enjoy four wines paired with delicious canapés. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945 1815.

Slow Food Day 2018, Saturday 14 April

CAMANA BAY — Join The Brasserie team at the Farm-to-Table Tasting Market at Camana Bay from 10am until midday  to celebrate Cayman’s home-grown food scene. Watch Chef Artemio transform ingredients straight from The Brasserie’s organic garden into deliciously fresh dishes and then enjoy a taste test. Our head gardener Aide will share tips and tricks to producing food and The Brasserie’s beekeeper Efrain will talk about our honey and hives. Shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The Brasserie receives Best Food award

THE BRASSERIE — Congratulations to Chef Artemio Lopez, our Restaurant General Manager Corey Blohm and The Brasserie team for winning the ‘Best Food’ award at Taste of Cayman 2018. Thank you to Cayman Islands Tourism Association board member Julie Allan, who presented this award to our team for their delicious Smoked Beef Briskets with Garden Green Papaya Slaw. Visit The Brasserie’s Facebookpage for more photos. Make a reservation at The Brasserie online at OpenTable.

Watch the Champions League at the Wicket

WICKET BAR — The quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions Leaguestart tomorrow, Wednesday 4 April, followed by the quarter-final showdown in Europa League Football on Thursday 5 April. Watch all the games live at the Wicket Bar while enjoying our thirst-quenching Juiced @ menu or craft beer on tap. Click on the links above for the respective game schedules and don’t miss a second of the action!

FREE juice at Juiced @ The Wicket

WICKET BAR — Buy 10 juices or smoothies from our delicious menu and 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.

Tune into our Brasserie Bee Series

BRASSERIE BEES — Discover the unique ‘from pasture to plate’ journey of our wild and raw Brasserie Honey with our new Brasserie Bee Series. Follow our experienced beekeeper Efrain Alarcon as he takes you on a journey throughout Cayman to collect, manage and care for the bees, while harvesting our delicious raw golden Brasserie honey. Learn how to make your own beeswax candles. Don’t miss an episode!

RECIPE: Garden Gooseberry Fizz

THE BRASSERIE — Have you tasted our refreshing and oh-so-tasty Garden Gooseberry Fizz now on the Bar Menu at The Brasserie? Concocted with 1.5 oz tequila – we like to use Tequila Ocho –  a splash of housemade gooseberry shrub made with gooseberry juice, apple cider vinegar and sugar, a squeeze of lemon and topped with soda. View our extensive Brasserie Purveyors menu to order your craft beers, specialty wines and spirits. Call 945 1815 or email to order.

Cricket Square shuttle service is available

CRICKET SQUARE — An additional 48 car parking spaces will soon become available next to Willow House for visitors, guests at the Brasserie, Market and the Caboose. Please call 947 7080 for all parking-related queries or speak to one of our security staff. For all safety and immediate parking needs, 24/7 assistance and to use the Cricket Squareshuttle service please contact 936 7253 (SAFE). The shuttle service is available from 8am to 6pm.

Lunch + Lean at ENERGY

ENERGY — Invest in yourself. Lunch + Lean offers ENERGY’s full array of classes in just 45 minutes daily (12:15-1PM), so pack your bag and fit your entire week’s workout regimen into your daily lunch hour – or mix and match them to suit your goals. Squeeze in your sculpting and self-care during lunch. Get your unlimited month pass for just $125. Check out the Class Schedule on ENERGY’s Facebook page. EmailColleen for more information.

Cinco de Mayo returns to Cricket Square

WICKET BAR — Who’s ready to fiesta! Grab your sombrero and maracas as Mexico’s favourite day to party is drawing near. Join us at the Wicket Bar on Friday 4 May as we celebrate with tasty soft shell tacos, locally-inspired margaritas, Brasserie Purveyors’ craft beers, piñatas full of goodies, and festive music. Entry is free. Simply purchase food and beverage tickets at The Market or at the gate on the day.