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Soup du Cure: Caribbean Education Initiative’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser 12.4.2011

Break out the soup pot & ladle, pound the garlic & toss in some veggies, meat, seafood,herbs & spices! The VI’s one and only Culinary Competition that awards participants with $$$ returns for a 3rd year…Soup du Cure! On Sunday, 12.4.2011 restaurants, caterers, and amateur chefs will compete in more than 20 soup categories…with something for every appetite! Come and try kallaloo, red peas soup, sancoché, bisques, ital, chowders, and so much more. Top prizes include: $1,000 for the Best Soup, $500 for 2nd place, and 3rd place $250. Additionally, the crowd favorite wins $250. Live local entertainment featuring Mada Nile & Fyah Train. Entry is $10 for Adults and $5 for kids + $1 per taste. We’re still looking for SPONSORS & PARTICIPANTS! All proceeds benefit the Caribbean Education Initiative a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and its beneficiaries!

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For more information contact Jozette at 340.226.4503 or email

Please see related information below:

Soup du Cure Proposal 2011

Soup du Cure Sponsor Application

Soup du Cure Participant Application

Anguilla’s: CuisinArt Resort offers “Cuisine Complete” Packages

CuisinArt Resort & Spa located in Anguilla is featuring a “Cuisine Complete” package featuring five nights in luxury beachfront accommodations, three daily meals at CuisinArt’s signature restaurants, including the AAA Four-Diamond al fresco eatery, Santorini; airport transfers; unlimited Internet access; unlimited fitness classes (including yoga, Pilates, body sculpting); use of the resort’s tennis and bocce courts and non-motorized watersports. Packages are valid for travel through Nov. 22, 2011.
CuisinArt Resort features what is described as the world’s first resort-based hydroponic farm, which sources 90 percent of the fresh vegetables and herbs utilized in its culinary program. CuisinArt Resort & Spa also offers specialized cooking lessons, pastry classes, beginner and advanced wine-tastings, and intimate “chef’s table” dining experiences. Package rates start at $3,700, double occupancy, and apply to new bookings only.

Carib Oasis: Avocado & Its Uses


The word ‘avocado’ comes from the Mexican Spanish aguacate which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word ahuácatl (scrotum, a reference to the shape of the fruit).
Avocados were known by the Aztecs as ‘the fertility fruit’. In some countries of South America, such as Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, the avocado is known by its Quechua name, palta. In other Spanish-speaking countries is known by the Mexican name and in Portuguese it is abacate. The fruit is sometimes called an avocado pear or alligator pear (due to its shape and the rough green skin of some cultivars). The Nahuatl ahuacatl can be compounded with other words, as in ahuacamolli, meaning avocado soup or sauce, from which the Mexican Spanish word guacamole derives.

Avocado or Persea Americana is a part of the plant family Lauraceae. The tree is native to Mexico and is usually grown in the Western Hemisphere from Mexico south to the Andean regions. The tree, tall and spreading, has leaves elliptic to egg-shaped in form and 4 to 12 inches in length. The small greenish flowers born in dense racemes are devoid of petals and have six perianth lobes, nine stamens arranged on three series, a one-celled ovary. The fruit varies in shape, size and colour. It looks like hen’s egg and it varies from round to pear shaped with a long slender neck. The colour ranges from green to dark purple. The single large seed with two cotyledons is round to conical.

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Horticulturally, avocados are divided into Mexican, West Indian and Guatemalan varieties. The Mexican variety is characterized by the anise-like odour of the leaves and thin skinned fruits of rich flavour and excellent quality. The Guatemalan type is slightly less frost resistant than the Mexican and produces fruit of medium to large size. The West Indian type is grown in southern Florida and throughout the Caribbean.

Benefit and uses of Avocado.

  • Avocado is used traditionally to heal skin problems.
  • Avocado has been used traditionally to help people with sexual problems.
  • Avocado usefulness in human weight control, high nutritional density, source of major antioxidants, stroke prevention, fruit protein source, fiber source.
  • The avocado’s high monounsaturated fat content benefits arteries.
  • Eating avocados daily for three weeks improved blood cholesterol in middle-aged women better than a low-fat diet.
  • Eating avocados, heart patients could cut their risk of heart attack 10-20 percent and death rates 4-8 percent in 3-5 years.
  • Eat an avocado everyday if you’re recuperating from sickness and are trying to regain your strength.

Caribbean Sea: U.S. Virgin Islands DPNR & the Lionfish



The Department of Planning and Natural Resources has been diligently working to manage and control the rapidly growing lionfish population. Now as part of that effort, they’re encouraging residents to put them on the plate and eat them. They also want more fisherman to have incentives for catching the spiny predator, and they hope to get legislative funding to assist the fishermen in that regard.

Source: Virgin Islands CBS News 2

Barbados: Food & Wine and Rum Festival

Barbados Food & Wine & Rum Festival

Photo: Barbados Tourism

Barbados Food & Wine & Rum Festival

Photo: Barbados Tourism

Barbados Food & Wine & Rum Festival

Photo: Barbados Tourism

Save the date! The 2nd Annual Food & Wine and Rum Festival is fast approaching. This year’s festivities will take place November 18-21, 2011.

View more photos from last year’s event here. Be sure to visit the official site for more information.