Culinary Themes for 2023
Celebrating Creole Roots
We begin the new year with hope and enthusiasm. For us at Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet sustainability is not a lofty idea but a fundamental and necessary endeavor. Our concept is centered on the food and drink for our guests to re-energize themselves. We believe it is about sharing our delicious modern Creole cooking through a unique, one-of-a-kind chef dinner in our Treehouse restaurant with our Executive Chef and Chef Frank, romantic beachfront dining experiences, and customized wellness cooking classes.
Our resorts were created with a mandatory philosophy of environmental consciousness at its heart. Join us for the Joy of Caribbean Vegan cooking as we celebrate the local bounty of St Lucia. We are embracing seasonality, and traditional practices, by custom growing our own organic fruits, tropical fruits, citrus, root vegetables, unique vegetables, salad greens, microgreens, braising greens, herbs, micro herbs, chilies, spices, cacao, vanilla, chocolate, honey, and much more.
We invite you to share our Emerald Estate Organic experience in each of our resort's restaurants, as well focusing your attention on Emerald, our Caribbean Vegan Restaurant.
St Lucian Independence Food Festivities
Saint Lucia celebrates its 44th Independence Anniversary this year. Join our Annou We-y culinary milestone with a parade for your senses throughout the entire month. In addition, Chef Elijah will share his passion for local & seasonal ceviche in his Friday - Cook Like a Lucian Sessions in the Jade Club.
Each Sunday it is National Colours Day, festivities include our Caribbean Rum Mixology workshop on the beach at Anse Chastenet. Everyone is encouraged to dress down in casual and flowing wear reflective of our national colors.
Come celebrate the Independence holiday on February 22nd with our Executive Chef along with Chef Frank as they host a Gourmet St Lucian wine pairing dinner this evening at sunset.
Cooking in Paradise
We would like you to find PARADISE with us. Paradise is a place in which existence is positive, harmonious, and timeless. It is with this passion we bring you Cooking in Paradise, curated by our James Beard Award winning consulting chef Allen Susser.
Food is fundamental to life, nourishing us in body and soul. The preparation of food strengthens our connection to nature. And the sharing of food immeasurably enriches our sense of community with our neighbors and our guests. Chef Allen Susser & our chefs are devoted to using only the freshest seasonal ingredients that reaches well beyond the recipe but into a dedication to creating food that tastes amazing, local, and delicious.
Cooking in Paradise is a signature event exclusively for guests of Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet. You may find paradise looking toward the rare World Heritage Site of the Piton Mountains rising straight out of the Caribbean Sea. Poets, painters, and philosophers such as Milton, Hemmingway, and Pound heralded paradise, now you can experience it for yourself in a series of farm-to-table Wednesday lunches, tasting menus by Chef Elijah in Jade Club, an all out of the box beach burger bash. Join Executive Chef Pastry Sherma for a bean-to-bar chocolate tour and hands-on truffle class. Sundays on the beach is Rum Mixology and our famous Coco-Doo.
Sustainable Tropical Tribute to Earth
The Caribbean spring is liberating. It is a delicious time of the year to try something new. Spring is fresh and green with a taste for adventure in the air. Our Emerald Estate Farm and seasonal organic ingredients shine through everything that we prepare.
Join us for our Farm to Fork Ital experience. Throughout the month we will have a special lunch and learn Live on our farm. Experience the spring harvest, led by our Executive Chef, and farm manager Damian. Learn to cook your just-picked organic bounty with your own hands and our chefs. Our cooking is sustainable and pays homage to living close to the earth. Centering on locally grown food Chef Frank will enthusiastically create a seasonal tasting gourmet menu for our Monday night Gourmet Dinner.
Jazz! Food & Arts Festival
The Caribbean is a vibrant and exciting destination for those looking to experience unique flavors, music, and art. The diversity of cultures and influences in the region provides a rich foundation for creativity and innovation, as seen in the bold and flavorful cuisine, lively jazz performances, and modern Caribbean rum cocktails. Join Jade Mountain’s Chef Elijah for his Caribbean interpretation of Soul Food.
Chef Frank presents a Monday Gourmet feast for the senses. The abundance of Creole cooking is highlighted using sustainable local seafood and just harvested fresh vegetables. Guests will be delighted with our luscious wine pairing with each course.
Furthermore, the collaboration between local artists and our Chef’s in a unique series of Palette to Palate cooking class adds another layer of creativity to the experience. Guests can not only enjoy the delicious food but also appreciate the artistic talent and culture of the Caribbean.
Overall, it seems like a wonderful month for anyone seeking a unique and exciting experience.
Caribbean Fisherman’s Festival
Fish is the backbone of Caribbean life. So much nutrition comes from the sea that surrounds the Island. Mother nature oversees doling out a dry season and a wet season. Each offers it unique tropical fruits, citrus, and vegetables. One of the wonderful things about the Caribbean is that its cooking is colorful, juicy, crunchy, bitter, herby and spicy – making it exciting to eat. Be sure to join us for our West Indian seafood tandoori class led by Apsara’s Chef Rubin.
Anse Chastanet’s Chef Frank host a Tropical Gourmet Monday Wine dinner at Balawoo with Sustainable Local seafood. The menu focusses on pairing our local catch with seasonal fresh carambola, papaya, star apples, mango, and soursop.
Friday nights we host the ultimate Lionfish beach dinner. With your feet in the sand, and a tropical Pineapple Coconut Lime Spritzer in your hand, you will experience our sustainable Lionfish feast.
The Fisherman’s feast takes place on the last Sunday in June. This national holiday Fete Pecheis a thanksgiving celebration featuring the vibrancy and treasures of the sea. Jade Mountain’s Chef Elijah has created a “Bubbles and Fins” seafood tasting menu for the evening is paired by our Sommelier with effervescent bubbles from around the world including Venetian Prosecco, Catalan Cava and French Champagne - served each Sunday night in June.
16th Annual Mango Madness Festival
Mangos play a vital role in the Caribbean because the flavor immediately takes you to visions of sand, sea, and lush tropical forests. Join our James Beard award winning Chef Allen Susser, Our Consulting chef this month for our Mad, Mad Mango Festival with his signature 25# Mango Mojitos and reserve for our extravagant Night of 1000 Mangos dinner in collaboration with Chef Elijah.
There is nothing quite like that first bite of a juicy mango, the sweet rush of flavor that drips down your chin and sometimes, even your elbows. Ranging in size, flavor, and colors like deep purple and neon yellow, the versatile tropical fruit is a well-loved symbol of summer. St Lucian mangos undergo a ripening process that produces fleshy peach flavors, buttery tartness, and sour, fibrous bites that we do use in hundreds of refreshing treats and dishes like smoothies, cocktails, salsa, chutney, ice cream, and more. You can get away from it all too - enjoy the soothing richness of a mango message under the shade of a gigantic 100-year-old Mango tree and chill with our Mango Bajita Massage
In the Caribbean, there are over one hundred different varieties of mangos alone. Seeing these brightly colored fruit spilling over beach fronts, roadsides, and hilltops we encourage you to join us for our Mango culinary treasure hunt at Nick Troubetzkoy’s Organic Emerald Estate. Anse Chastanet’s Chef Frank is a mango expert and he is offering Mango Mornings with Breakfast Treats as well as his Caribbean Mango TangoDinner. Other excitement during this summertime festivities include Bikinis & Mangos Tasting bash, and Chef Ruban’s West Indian Mango chutney workshop on the beach. In fact, learn how to cook with Mango all month long with our chef’s “Mangos LIVE Cooking sessions”.
Spices of the Caribbean
Today tropical cooking is hot; it influences style, and sultry flavors. St Lucia is a mosaic of foods and tropical ingredients that blend both the climate and landscape. Cultural diversity and their exotic spice boxes add intrigue to the many flavors.
We look to spices to capture the flavors of the Caribbean. Specific combinations of herbs, spices, and flavorings characterize St Lucian cuisine. These mixtures are influenced by the food stuffs native to the island, being distinctive to the climate and architecture of the land and sea. By reaching into our spice box, the foods, cooking, and specific dishes become immensely diverse.
The characteristic cooking is mingled with an intriguing aroma and taste that will surely evoke your culinary imagination. There was a time in history that spices where so precious that they were locked away. Let us let loose the wonders of spice together. Join our Culinary team for the culinary excitement of our Caribbean spice workshops, Tandoori cooking classes, Apsara Curry and Pale Ale (IPA) Feast , and our Night of ‘23 Spices dinner in the Jade Club as well as our Spiced Rum Mixology afternoon on the beach. An Exotic Spice of the Caribbean Gourmet Dinner in the Old Tree House
Roots, Rum & Beer
September is an exciting culinary month in Jade Mountain & Anse Chastanet inspired by the warm Caribbean Sea breeze of the West Indies. We are aligning our culinary Roots both literally and figuratively, referring to our St Lucian heritage and way of life that we proudly sustain.
For us at Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet, sustainability is not a lofty idea, but a fundamental and necessary endeavor. Our hospitality is centered on the food and drink of course. Seasons in the Caribbean influence daily life, and that is because most of the food we cook is grown on island.
Nick Troubetzkoy established Emerald Estate, because he understood what it meant to have local and organic Caribbean ingredients for his guests to enjoy. Now Yasha Troubetzkoy has taken us in a new direction in brewing naturally fermented and delicious beer on the Estate. Join us for a private Brewery tour at Emerald Estate to include tasting from our Brew master’s special vats. Picnic lunches will be served overlooking the farm landscape.
Grab yourself a rum punch cocktail and be transported to the sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean. Our Roots & Rum Gourmet Mondays this month features a four-course dinner that has been carefully curated to pair each course with a Caribbean rum that perfectly complements the Cuisine. The evening will give guests a taste of paradise.
Visiting Guest: Rum Expert Robert A. Burr
Rum enthusiast, author, judge, presenter, and journalist Robert Burr will explore with guests the history and culture of Rums in the Caribbean. The key to developing desirable flavor profiles in rum production begins in the fermentation process — from light bodied rums to richly complex that have been developed and refined in the Caribbean region over the centuries. There will be copious opportunities to taste, discern and discover the best rums.
Creole Heritage & Chocolate Month
Chocolate has been grown in the Caribbean for hundreds of years. Join us as we discover the dual history of St Lucia and of chocolate that is woven into its heritage. We celebrate our own handmade Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate this month. You will discover how we harvest exceptional flavor, that three generations of care and local technique have taught us how to grow remarkable quality cacao beans. We are a Bean to Bar single estate boutique chocolate maker.
You will indulge in chocolate croissants for breakfast and our famous Emerald Estate chocolate French toast. In fact, we will tempt you with our Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache treat at the Beach. Be sure to taste our Double Chocolate Chunk Ice cream. Chocolate Martinis are a favorite in Anse Chastanet before dinner. We are featuring a 5-course exotic savory and sweet all-chocolate dinner menu. Join us to learn the art of chocolate truffle making from Executive Pastry Chef Sherma. Chocolate is known as the food of the gods.
During our Creole Heritage & Chocolate Month, we are hosting a special sensory chocolate tasting that we match with wonderfully fruity wines. We also invite you to a personalized Bean to Bar tour of Emerald Estate which is followed by a chocolate-making class in our Jade chocolate Lab, where you will help discover the crafting of small batches of cacao beans, slowly roasted and stone ground. Emerald Estate Chocolate is to savor, but then let the exotic essence carry you to the Creole Caribbean.
Jounen Kweyol, the last Sunday in October, is a national festival that celebrates Saint Lucia’s Kweyol (Creole) heritage with a mix of delicious Creole food, music, games and traditions. Join our chefs for our festivities at Anse Mamin beach.
Caribe Food & Wine Festival
Dive into the culinary world of Caribbean lobster. In true Caribbean style and flavor.
Our Lobster and Champagne festival is an amazing blending of tropical tastes and multicultural influences. It is a celebration of aromatic, sweet and tart, piquant and mild flavors. To understand and appreciate it, you must first understand some of their most important foodstuffs. St Lucian cuisine uniquely evolved with the borrowing and blending of foods and cooking styles. If you are new to Caribbean cooking, keep in mind that the food is always evolving due to the many cultural influences on the islands: French, English, Africans, East Indians, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and other local populations all converged in the Caribbean, therefore, influencing the cuisines.
This is our culinary festival that is dedicated to fishermen and farmers. After all, it is the local fisherman who bring us the lobster and it is farmers that grow the grapes for the champagne. Begin the festivities with champagne and enjoy Chef Franks’s all lobster creations on the menu. At Anse Mamin indulge in just-caught grilled Caribbean lobster with Passion Fruit Butter and Icy fresh Presseco cocktails. Join our West Indian Tandoori lobster class learning to roast with exotic and aromatic Indian Spices. For an incredibly special experience, you can dive for lobster, and we will cook your lobster catch.
Taste over trend – our Caribbean flavors dance to a tropical beat. You can experience the seasons’ natural rhythms blending into each other. It is almost impossible to talk about inspired cooking without talking about Festive Season as we celebrate National Day in St Lucia which means it is our Festival of Lights.
With the Feast of Saint Luce, Patron Saint of Light. The festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good overcoming evil and the renewal of life. This made her feast day a popular day as it falls on the Winter Solstice - the longest night of the year. You will observe the universe and hundreds of shooting stars while sipping your after-dinner cocktail.
Chef de Cuisine Frank adds his “Caribbean Twist” to the Christmas dinner. For Boxing Day, we are offering a Lionfish Dinner – Eat them to Beat them. Help us keep an invasive species at bay whilst indulging in a 5-course culinary lionfish delight at the water’s edge at Anse Mamin beach. Experience a unique set up under the stars with a bonfire and a sumptuous degustation menu with optional wine pairing.
New Year’s Eve is a full night of Cuisine – the flavors are sweet and spicy balanced in harmony. At midnight join us on the Beach for a panoramic view of our fireworks display. Live entertainment throughout the evening.