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THE PITCH: August in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st August 2018

The Market, Caboose, Juiced @ The Wicket and Happy Hour at the Wicket Bar on Fridays are open this month.

Market, Caboose & Wicket Bar

THE BRASSERIE — Even though The Brasserie Restaurant is closed in August, don’t forget that the Market, the Caboose and Juiced @ The Wicket are open this month. For the best TGIF on island, head to the Wicket Bar for our 5 @ 5 Happy Hour every Friday. Contact the Market to order ahead on 945 1814. The Brasserie reopens on Monday 3 September.

TGIF in Cricket Square

WICKET BAR — The Wicket Bar couldn’t possibly leave you hanging in August during Happy Hour. Stop by on Friday for your favourite 5 @ 5 specials, from craft beers to specialty wines. Why not email us to book for a group! Also enjoy rosé wine specials all day long, all summer long at the Wicket Bar. Don’t forget to order your favourite bottle from Brasserie Purveyors.

SWIRL: 5pm-7pm, Friday 31 August

WICKET BAR — Why is pizza and beer so delicious? Is it thanks to brewers sitting around a table or a vat with a slice of pizza while they discuss their next brew? Clean and crisp beer complements classic cheese, while hoppy and bitter flavours are a meat lovers’ dream. Few things exemplify life’s simple pleasures more than beer and pizza. To book for SWIRL call 945-1815 or email.

Indulge in American-style BBQ

THE CABOOSE — Our quality meats are naturally-raised, without hormones and pesticides, the organic vegetables are harvested from our adjacent garden, and the BBQ sauces are made with honey from our Brasserie Bees. It’s this attention to detail that brings incredible flavours to this simple BBQ open air joint. You’ll find juicy smoked brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, sausages, turkey and smoked local chickens. Open from 11am to 6pm, Mondays to Fridays. Order ahead by calling 945-1816.

The Brasserie joins the straw-volution

THE BRASSERIE — “Plastic straws suck!” In the USA roughly 500 million plastic straws are used every day, according to the National Park Service. That’s why, at The Brasserie, we are joining the “straw-volution” and swapping our plastic straws for hay straws to help reduce plastic waste. Our new HAY! Straws! are made from the stem of the wheat plant and are 100% biodegradable, which means they won’t linger in landfills and pollute our oceans.

Brasserie Bees new flow hive

THE BRASSERIE — Thank you to a generous sponsor, The Brasserie is excited to add a flow hive to its growing bee compound. This revolutionary beehive invention will allow our beekeeper to see when the honey is ready without opening the hive, and harvest the raw Brasserie Honey from a tap, making the extraction process less stressful for the bees. We look forward to showing this unique hive to visiting school groups. To learn more about the local bees watch our Brasserie Bee Series.

US Open live at the Wicket Bar

WICKET BAR — What is summer without the Grand Slam tennis tournaments? Join us at the Wicket Bar from Monday 27 August for the start of the US Open. Live coverage begins at 11am every day. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this exciting tournament with us at Cricket Square.

FREE juiced at Juiced @ The Wicket

WICKET BAR — Buy 10 juices or smoothies from our delicious menu and get one FREE. Collect your Juiced @ card at the Wicket Bar 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.

Unveiling of SIX

CRICKET SQUARE — SIX, our new landmark building at Cricket Square, is unveiling as the scaffolding is removed. SIX is a striking building both on entry to George Town from Elgin Avenue and Shedden Road. We are currently working to get the Shedden Road entrance back open and you can see new pavers are being laid for more parking by Willow House.​

Unlimited August class pass at ENERGY

ENERGY — For the month of August, ENERGY is offering an unlimited class pass that includes all group reformer, group fitness and lunch express sessions for just $275. Please note that the dates for this offer are 30 July – 25 August 2018. Make the most of these four weeks and and sign up today. Contact here.

Hannah’s Heroes at the Wicket Bar

WICKET BAR — The sixth annual Hannah’s Heroes ‘The Big Shave’ is on Friday 28 September 2018. Join us at the Wicket Bar to be part of an inspirational cause that will benefit so many. Whether you opt for a new hairstyle, donate or volunteer, you’ll be helping change the lives of children battling cancer. For more information, contact the team at Hannah’s Heroes.

THE PITCH: July in Cricket Square

Posted by on 4th July 2018

The Brasserie Caboose is open! A gourmet smokehouse in the heart of Grand Cayman’s Cricket Square.

Welcome to the Caboose

THE CABOOSE — Experience a unique al fresco environment and talk directly to the smoke chef to learn about the meat choices that are right for you. All Caboosemeats are slow-smoked over a long period of time. Dry rubbed, wet rubbed, marinated in sweet BBQ sauce or immersed in a vinegar-based marinade, all our meats are tender and juicy thanks to our experienced team and just the right amount of gentle smoke. We also offer a vegetarian bowl made with our farm-to-table produce. View the menu and call 945-1816 to order ahead.

Brasserie Purveyors Tent Sale: 20 July 2018

WICKET BAR — Now is your chance to stock up on discounted craft beers, specialty wines and spirits with our upcoming sale at the Wicket Bar. From 4pm – 6pm on Friday 20 July choose from a large range of beverages and save up to 50 per cent on all your favourite brands. Cash and credit card accepted.

Brasserie Restaurant Closing Party: 31 July 2018

THE BRASSERIE — Wish the Restaurant staff a happy and safe vacation as we celebrate the end of another incredible Brasserie season with happy hour prices and half bottles of wine from 5pm until close. Call us on 945-1815 or email to make your dinner reservation.

Live coverage of Wimbledon & World Cup

WICKET BAR — Enjoy front row seats to Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup right here in Cricket Square! Don’t miss a moment of the action at the Wicket Bar as you sip on a fresh juice or glass of rosé, otherwise you can watch from the Market patio with your Brasserie salad and maybe even a glass of bubbles from the Grab and Go fridge. All the joy and excitement of Wimbledon and the World Cup without the queues.

Summertime rosé​ specials

THE BRASSERIE — Rosé season has arrived and to celebrate we are offering rosé wine specials all day long, throughout July, at The Brasserie Restaurant and the Wicket Bar. So what are you waiting for? Sit down and relax with a refreshing glass of rosé and watch the tennis or catch up with friends. Don’t forget to order your favourite bottle of rosé from Brasserie Purveyors.​

Cocktail recipe: Garden G&T

THE BRASSERIE — It’s the freshly picked herbs from our organic garden, the sweet seasonal fruits and the quality liquor that make The Brasserie’s cocktail list one of the best on island! Our mixologist’s popular ‘Garden G&T’ starts with Watershed Four Peel Gin, followed by a sprig of fresh tarragon, wedges of lime and lemon, star anise, pink peppercorn and juniper berries. Pour Fever Tree tonic over and let the flavours sing!

Kids Culinary Summer 2018

THE BRASSERIE — Looking for a summer holiday activity? The Brasserie is hosting fortnightly interactive farm-to-table culinary tours for children until the end of July. Guided by our Chef de Cuisine and Head Gardener you will visit the organic vegetable garden, watch the fresh catch come in from our fishing boats and collect eggs from the on-site chooks. Call 945-1815 or email to book your spot on our next tour.

Juiced @ The Wicket weekly deals

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

Saving energy at Cricket Square

CRICKET SQUARE — As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce electrical consumption we have installed one of the most energy efficient central chillers in Boundary Hall. It is an oil-free system which uses magnetic levitation to achieve higher efficiencies compared to other designs and systems.

Add ENERGY to your summer

ENERGY — Stay summer strong and choose from four different options to get that “beach-ready body” at ENERGY. Whether you prefer group fitness classes, group reformer classes, a lunch express class to fit in with your work schedule or the Pilates Start Up Package, there is something for everyone this summer at ENERGYSpeak to Colleen to get started.​

Market, Caboose and Wicket Bar are open

THE BRASSERIE — Even though The Brasserie’s annual August closing is fast approaching, don’t forget that the Market, the Caboose and Juiced @ The Wicket will stay open for the entire month. For the best TGIF on island, head to the Wicket Bar for our 5 @ 5 Happy Hour every Friday. Contact the Market to order ahead on 945 1814. The Brasserie reopens on Monday 3 September.

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.